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by Karina Bryer (subscribe)
I'm a mother of four with two coeliac children. I'm always on the lookout for great gluten-free spots around Brisbane and feature gluten-free cooking in my blog: coeliacfamily.blogspot.com.au I'm also a muso and enjoy live music around town.
Published February 17th 2014
The Old Lady on the Corner
Old Museum Brisbane
Brisbane's Old Museum


Many of us may remember traipsing the halls of Brisbane's Old Museum, peering into dusty cases filled with skeletons and preserved insects - but perhaps you don't know what a vibrant role in Brisbane's Artistic Community this fabulous building, originally built as an exhibition building for the Queensland National Agricultural and Industrial Association, now plays.

Old museum brisbane
The Museum's Iconic Architecture Provides a Home for the Performing Arts


The Old Museum Building is now the home of the Queensland Youth Orchestra, Brisbane Symphony Orchestra, Queensland Symphonic Winds, Zen Zen Zo Physical Theatre Company, Queensland National Ballet, The Queensland Youth Choir and Queensland Police Pipes and Drums. On almost every day of the week you can hear some sort of music drifting around the corridors and up into the fantastic turrets. The rooms have been transformed into rehearsals spaces and a dance studio, even a Concert Hall.

Brisbane Symphony
An Ensemble Rehearses in the Concert Hall


This Concert Hall is also a venue for concerts and talks from all manner of groups. It has played host to the Vegetarian Food Festival and Queensland Antique Dealer's Sale, rock concerts and Retro Film Nights. In fact, there is a whole program of events you may like to attend, including performances from JTR, Christine Anu and Uncle Jed in 2014. For more information, check the Old Museum's Events Calendar on their Website.

The Old Museum has also become a stage set, featuring in a number of music videos and movie scenes, including the ladder fight scene in Jackie Chan's Movie, First Strike. You can see clips of all of these movies by visiting the Website. Another fabulous feature of the Museum is the pipe organ, built by William Anderson from Melbourne, which itself has a chequered history, moving from it's original installation in St.Mary's Catholic Church in Melbourne, to St. Stephen's in Brisbane and finally making it's way to the Old Museum in 1998. You can also check out the gardens, which are home to a family of bush stone curlews.

Pipe Organ
The Pipe Organ in it's Final Resting Place


The Old Museum is also available for function hire, including concerts, theatre, receptions, workshops and rehearsals. If you do choose to attend an event at the Old Museum Building, be aware that parking can get very difficult, as there is no onsite parking. It is advisable to arrive early and park in the surrounding streets (metered parking) or use public transport (Stop 7 on Bus Routes 370, 375 and 321). Currently the Old Museum is undergoing a facelift, with the main entrance area receiving extensive restoration work.
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Why? The Old Museum has shaken off it's dusty path providing a thriving new culture hub.
Phone: 3257 4089
Website: oldmuseum.org
Where: 460 Gregory Terrace, Bowen Hills
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