9 August is the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples. This year’s focus in on highlighting how the preservation and promotion of indigenous peoples’ traditional knowledge and practices can be leveraged during COVID-19 and build back stronger. We’re seeing this in action with the incredible stories of resilience among the Hmong Community who are an ethnic group from the mountainous regions of China, Vietnam, … Continue reading International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples
Australia is one of only 17 countries in the world that is megadiverse that is, together these countries contain 70% of the world’s biodiversity. Queensland is the most biodiverse state of Australia, with 70% of Australia’s mammal species, 80% of Australia’s birds, and 50% of Australia’s reptiles and frogs. Queensland Museum has been a vital authority on the investigation, documentation and conservation of Queensland’s faunal … Continue reading Can you name Queensland’s five major types of habitats?
Keep little hands busy and out of the heat this Summer school holidays with these awesome indoor activities across our network of museums. We’ve pulled together a guide full of hands-on activities and events that’ll keep your kids entertained while keeping their brains busy. From investigating live science experiments to constructing a 3D spider, you won’t want to miss making memories and discovering something new … Continue reading 9 Things To Do These School Holidays | Summer 2019
Many expressions we use today date back to the era of ‘horse and cart’ transport. Cars feature 21st century technology like sat-nav systems, but they also have reminders of travel in the 1800s. The dashboard was originally a timber or leather panel in front of a buggy which stopped mud from the ‘dashing’ horse flicking onto passengers. On rainy days buggy owners also rode with … Continue reading THE WHEELS ARE IN MOTION
This blog post is part of an ongoing series titled Connecting with Collections. The series offers readers a peek inside collections at the Museum of Tropical Queensland, highlighting objects and their stories. In 1790, HMS Pandora sailed out of England with a clear mission: to find the HMS Bounty and its 25 mutineers. Pandora reached Tahiti in March 1791, and captured 14 of the mutineers, … Continue reading Re-imagining Pandora
To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the historic Moon Landing, we’re flashing back to 1969. On Monday 21 July at 12.56pm, Eastern Standard Time, Queenslanders were among the estimated 600 million people watching the Apollo 11 Moon landing television broadcast across the world. The event received extensive coverage in television, radio and print media. These editions of Brisbane’s Courier Mail, published on 21 and 22 … Continue reading We remember the first explorers on the Moon, do you?
Never fear, they’re all still here and safely tucked away behind the scenes throughout the Discovery Centre’s renovation. Our staff continue to bring in the tasty eats they like best – bundles of fresh gum leaves for our stick insects, dried leaves for the giant cockroaches and even frozen rats for our green tree pythons. The baby scorpions, born in the museum, are thriving on … Continue reading Been missing our Discovery Centre critters?
Guest contributor: Jodie Muraca, Visitor Services Officer, Hadron Collider: Step Inside the World’s Greatest Experiment exhibition
As a Queensland Museum Visitor Services Officer I have the opportunity to engage with visitors about the compelling story of CERN and the Large Hadron Collider (LHC). Alongside the fascinating exhibition objects, we utilise four engagement tools developed here at Queensland Museum, including the enchanting ‘New Discoveries Time Capsule’.
Continue reading “What will our future hold?”
Written by: Geraldine Mate, Senior Curator, The Workshops Rail Museum
One of the most exciting parts of pulling an exhibition together is seeing an idea that has been in your head turn into a full colour, three-dimensional solid entity. A lot of time goes into the writing of text for labels and panels, the identification and selection of objects and choosing from the myriad of photographs available.
International FameLab, the world’s leading science communication competition, aims to find, develop and mentor young science, mathematics and engineering communicators, building a celebrated network of researchers, who are able to get everyone – from school kids and adults to government officials and business figures – talking science.
Continue reading “Passionate about science? FameLab are searching for the most exciting new voices in science.”
The Out of the Box Festival is returning to Brisbane tomorrow and bringing along 8 days of fun workshops, musical performances & lively concerts for children 8 years and under. This year’s festival is all about the many relationships children have with living creatures, both real and imaginary – an absolute must for your child’s calendar.
The Queensland Museum is thrilled to have hybrid human jellyfish, and mystical sea songstress Deepstaria Enigmatica, join us for 10 days of under the sea activities that feed on mystery, music and fun! She took time out of her busy sea-schedule to invite us into her cavernous underwater realm to discuss Songs of the Sonar, learn about her deep ocean friends and chat about the discovery of her musical talent.
Continue reading “Out of the Box Festival : We chat to the jellyfish from Songs of the Sonar”
Written by: Tim Janetzki is a student at Ferny Grove State High School who has taken it upon himself to discover the Queensland Museum and the amazing things within it. Over the coming months Tim will blog about his personal experiences and views on the Museum. His next assignment was discovering Deep Oceans. The unknown is a terrifying thing, to not know what lives in … Continue reading Museum for teens: Deep Oceans
Written by: Rob Sheils, Assistant Collection Manager, The Workshops Rail Museum
In May 2012 “I’ve Been Working on the Railway – Stories and experiences of Torres Strait Islanders, Aboriginal people and Australian South Sea Islanders” opened at The Workshops Rail Museum. We were lucky enough to later receive a grant from the Australian Government through the Australian Council for the Arts, its funding and advisory body, to travel the exhibition around Australia between 2013-2015.
They say a picture is worth a thousand words, yet the haunting images of the Remember Me: the lost diggers of Vignacourt exhibition currently on at the Queensland Museum seem to be worth so many more. Continue reading “Lost Love Letters inspire Gallipoli Art Prize”
Written by: Meg Lloyd, Librarian & Dr John Healy, Curator Marine Environments.
As part of the forthcoming Deep Oceans exhibition (opening 28 March) we will be displaying the earliest printed book in the library’s collection – Guillaume Rondelet’s (1554) illustrated treatise on fish and marine life.
Written by: Tim Janetzki is a student at Ferny Grove State High School who has taken it upon himself to discover the Queensland Museum and the amazing things within it. Over the coming months Tim will blog about his personal experiences and views on the Museum. His first assignment was discovering Lost Creatures: Stories from Ancient Queensland.
Ever wondered what it’s like to dig up a dinosaur bone? Or how we store all the incredible fossils in our collection? Or how our palaeontologists conduct research into some of Queensland’s most famous fossil finds
Begram is the site of one of the most exciting archaeological discoveries in Central Asia in the 20th century. In 1937 and 1939 a large number of objects were found in two sealed-up rooms. The objects are from the 1st century AD and are believed to have been untouched until their discovery many centuries later.
Written by: Christine Robertson, Corporate Communications Officer
The fabled explorer Ludwig Leichhardt occupies a unique place in the Australian cultural imagination.
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This month marks the 90th anniversary of the Brisbane Arcade shopping centre. It seems like a great time to reflect on our 2012 exhibition, Dressed by the Best: Fashion, Glamour & Gwen Gillam, which shared the work of a Queensland designer based there in middle of the last century. In fact, it was while based in the Brisbane Arcade that she produced some of her best work.