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UQ's Great Little Museums

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Published October 28th 2015
Fun free museums for all the family
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Detail of a lovely ancient Greek vase


Pining for a Mediterranean trip to see all the fabulous ancient stuff? No money? Head on over to the University of Queensland and visit the wonderful Antiquities Museumwww.uq.edu.au/antiquities/ to pretend you're right there already.

The Antiquities Museum, now over fifty years old, is the foremost collection of classical Mediterranean antiquities in Queensland.
It is on the 2nd level of the Michie Building and is open between the hours of 9.30am and 4.30pm Monday to Friday.

It's always worth keeping an eye on the UQ Art Museum's web page, or joining their mailing list, to see what exhibitions are showing. A great range of contemporary art and more traditional fare makes this beautiful building a pleasure to visit.

The museum also hosts other events and performances.
The UQ Art Museum is open daily 10am to 4pm in the James and Mary Emelia Mayne Centre.

The small but intriguing Physics Museum is in the Physics building and is open 8.30am–5pm, Mondays to Fridays. If you have a smart phone you can scan the QR codes on the displays to get more information. For an old baby boomer like Aunty Joy, the fact that a fair bit of this stuff was in use in my lifetime makes me feel old and quaint.

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A WW2 searchlight mirror at the Physics Museum


Steampunk lovers will get a kick out of the beautiful old timber and brass instruments. Actual nerds will love the old electron microscope and Lord Kelvin's Patent Multicellular Voltmeter.
Don't forget to eyeball the pitch drop, the world's longest running laboratory experiment.

The UQ Anthropology Museum is home to a significant collection of non-Western art and artefacts including contemporary Pacific and Australian Indigenous artwork, and holds a collection of 6500 photographs.

In addition to the permanent collection, the museum hosts temporary exhibitions.

Open Monday - Friday, except public holidays 11am – 3pm

Finally, there's the Marks-Hirschfeld Museum of Medical History at the School of Medicine. But Aunty Joy is saving that for another day. Maybe I'll see you there?

Visiting from the other side of the river? It's a lovely walk across the river on the pedestrian and bus bridge from Dutton Park.
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Where: University of Queensland
Cost: FREE
Your Comment
Keep an eye out for Open Days, I'm sure they would all be open then.
by Aunty Joy (score: 1|24) 1108 days ago
I'd love to take my 8yo son there, but how am I supposed to do that with such restrictive hours?
Opening it on Saturday would be the least to make it accessible to full time working parents. I'd be prepared to pay a small fee for that.
by Vcl (score: 1|22) 1108 days ago
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