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Updated by Melly Brooke on Jan 31, 2016
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Best Museums in Brisbane – Explore the Essence of Beautiful Brisbane

It may come as a surprise but Brisbane has a world of museums to explore. For those interested in history and learning about how the world works, below are a few places worth visiting.


Queensland Museum & Sciencentre

The Queensland Museum is known for its large and diverse collection of exhibits that document the state’s rich natural and cultural heritage. Aptly located in the city’s cultural precinct, the Museum offers an interesting insight into the yesteryears of the city that feels like taking a walk back time. The Museum is made up of 3 levels that include everything from permanent to changing exhibits. Featuring exciting regions like Discover Queensland, the Dandiri Maiwar and the Courage of Men, there is so much you can get carried away by at this museum in Brisbane. Science is a major part of this museum and the entire first floor is dedicated to all things science in a series of interactive and exciting exhibits.


The Workshops Rail Museum

Although this Museum is located some 40 minutes west of the city, it is definitely worth a visit. In fact, it is an award winning tourist destination that showcases all things that belong to the rail industry. The workshop is aptly located on a site where Queensland's historic rail workshops stood 140 years ago. Even after all this time, some of the workshops are still operational, although on a much smaller scale compared to how it was back in the day. If you are travelling with children this is one ideal museum to visit. In addition to kids generally being a fan of railways, there is also the a railway play space, kids workshop area and interactive exhibits such as a diesel cab simulator, and events during the year ensuring the kids are well taken care of.


Museum of Brisbane

Located in the heart of Brisbane City, the Museum of Brisbane features exhibitions that showcase stories of historical and cultural significance associated with the many people and places around Brisbane. Through these exhibits, you get a unique insight offering beauty to things that are otherwise simple and mundane.


Art Museum of the University of Queensland

Exploring museums are not quite complete without paying a visit to Brisbane's art museum belonging to the University of Queensland. Since this is Queensland's second-largest public art collection it comes as no surprise that their exhibitions are diverse and absolutely intriguing. If you stay in a centrally located hotel Brisbane has to offer such as Oaks Aurora you can easily access such sites.


Queensland Maritime Museum

The Maritime History of Queensland is located on the South Brisbane dry dock.The museum features a number of interesting attractions like the shipwrecks, model ships, lighthouses, marine engineering and well-known vessels like the HMAS Diamantina. During school holidays, plenty of child-friendly programmes are organized by the museum making it a fun destination for the younger generation as well.