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11 Must-visit Museums and Art Galleries in Brisbane – Experience the artistic layer of Brisbane

Brisbane has an eccentric mix of things to do and see, especially for families with kids. Among skyscrapers, coffee houses, and shopping malls, there's a collection of art galleries and museums.

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Brisbane art scene

Brisbane's thriving art scene can be seen in every corner of the city. Brisbane is a vibrant metropolis that provides a dedicated space for artistic talent. Galleries and museums aren't the only places you can see beautiful art; streets and underpasses are laden with street art. From the moment you step out of an Ipswich hotel until you reach your destination, you can see the best artistic talent of the city.

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QUT Art Museum

Home to one of the largest collections in Queensland, QUT Art Museum should be included in your Brisbane itinerary. It has over 2,000 pieces of artwork that could inspire children and teenagers. The museum also hosts an array of workshops concurrent with the exhibitions. You can easily get here from any Brisbane hotel, including Oaks Ipswich Aspire Suites.

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William Robinson Gallery

A few paces away from QUT Art Museum is William Robinson Gallery; the gallery is housed in the Old Government House. This is where you find the largest selection of William Robinson's artwork.

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The Cube

Boasting a collection of digital art, the Cube is an appealing space for everyone. The interactive digital exhibits are spread over the two-storey building, offering something for every visitor. The gallery is part of QUT's Science and Engineering research. There are 14 HD projectors and 40 multi-touch screens, providing visitors with an unparalleled experience.

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Parliament House

There's no better place to witness Queensland's history than the Parliament House. To explore the inspiring antiques and the architecturally perfect building, there are half-hour guided tours available.

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Museum of Brisbane

As far as museums go, this is the best museum found in Brisbane. The Museum of Brisbane has a large collection of artefacts pertaining to every era of history. There are exhibitions, workshops, and educational discussions.

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Metro Arts

Another spot for art enthusiasts, Metro Arts is an art gallery housed inside a heritage building. Inside the building are studios, a wide array of contemporary art, and a cinema.

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Burnett Lane

Brisbane's thriving street art scene can be witnessed everywhere in the city. Burnett Lane is bedecked with murals and works of Mace Robertson and Blu Art Xinja.

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MacArthur Museum

History enthusiasts will find plenty to be inspired at MacArthur Museum. The museum is a time capsule containing artefacts going back to World War II. This was where General Douglas MacArthur strategised his approach to the war. This could be a grim experience, but the museum is a must-visit if you want an insight into the making of the city.

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Queensland Police Museum

If your kids aspire to be police officers when they grow up, you should take them to Queensland Police Museum. They can get into unravelling the mystery of a simulated murder scene.

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Army Museum South Queensland

Administered by the Australian Army, the Army Museum South Queensland is another must-visit for history buffs. This was the base in World War II and World War I. The museum has a broad collection of uniforms, medals, and weapons.

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Best time to visit

The best time for sightseeing is from March to May. Temperatures are mild during this time, and there isn't much rain shower. The time of your visit should be decided upon the kind of activities you have in mind. Also, remember that the peak tourist season renders higher hotel rates.