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The Old Museum Brisbane

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Published May 10th 2012
If walls could talk the grandiose Old Museum Building sure would have some stories to tell! The heritage listed building is part of Brisbane's cultural and architectural history, a history that is both rich and colourful.

Since its construction in 1891 for the Qld National Agricultural and Industrial Association the building has functioned as Brisbane City Council headquarters, a concert hall, art gallery and of course, a museum. Its namesake has been retained as an ode to the 86 year long occupancy of the building by the Qld Museum.

In 1989 the Queensland Youth Orchestra moved in using the expansive interior as a rehearsal, performance and office space, and there they remain today. The building has since had 3 major refurbishments courtesy of the Qld Government, and although the interior could certainly use another one, it retains its old world charm.

The Old Museum building is now also home to Qld Youth Choir, Qld National Ballet, Qld Police Pipe and Drums, and the innovative Zen Zen Zo physical theatre company. In addition to regular performances from the tenants, the venue hosts a wide assortment of live music acts, plays and performances, special events such as the Queensland Music Awards, the Finders Keepers markets, and the annual Brisbane Yoga Fest.
Qld National Ballet
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With all that and more, this historic hotspot is emerging as one of Brisbane's most exciting and unique live entertainment venues. A stunning sight by day the Old Museum exudes a soft, magical ambience against the backdrop of the night sky; age has done nothing to diminish it's beauty, charm or appeal.

Unfortunately the venue has no onsite parking but there is limited street parking close by and it's easily accessible via public transport. Subscribe via email, check out the website calendar or join their Facebook page to keep up to date with what's happening at this fabulous historical venue.
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Why? Experience a piece of Brisbane's history
When: When there's something on that catches your fancy
Where: 460 Gregory Terrace, Bowen Hills
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