Permanent exhibitions

Action Stations
Get hands-on with everyday science. Science is everywhere - at home, school, work and play. Discover what makes everyday things tick.
Action Stations
All Aboard
Get a sense of the story of rail in Queensland and prepare for your visit with this introductory exhibit in the foyer of the Museum.
All Aboard
Body Zone
Your body - like you've never seen it before. Challenge it, move it, re-assemble it, confuse it. Collect your vital statistics. For a total hands-on, minds-on, body-on experience - jump in!
Body Zone
Colour - Secret Language of the Reef
Explores how coral and marine creatures on the Great Barrier Reef use colour, light, patterns and textures to communicate.
Colour - Secret Language of the Reef
Diesel Revolution
Diesel locomotives are large, powerful machines. See inside a diesel locomotive and test your skill on the diesel cab simulator.
Diesel Revolution
Discover Tropical Queensland Gallery
Explore the environment of North Queensland through time, in the intriguing Discover Tropical Queensland.
Discover Tropical Queensland Gallery
Discovery Centre
With thousands of objects, animals and fossils at your fingertips the Discovery Centre is a showcase of the museum’s collection and provides a rich interactive experience for all visitors. Discover answers to your questions about Queensland’s natural, social and cultural history.
Discovery Centre
Enchanted Rainforest
Learn more about a typical North Queensland rainforest environment.
Enchanted Rainforest
ENERGEX Playasaurus Place
Discover our life-sized dinosaurs, how they lived and the food they ate. Explore your food choices, energy hungry appliances and challenge your friends on the energy bikes as you explore energy in your world.
ENERGEX Playasaurus Place
Energy For Life Discovery Centre
Find the energy in and around you
Energy For Life Discovery Centre
Heritage of Helmets
One of the most significant collections of diving heritage on display in Australia.
Heritage of Helmets
Heritage Railway Workshops Tours
Step into the engine room of Queensland Rail's Heritage Rollingstock Maintenance.
Heritage Railway Workshops Tours
Ipswich Railway Workshops
The Ipswich Railway Workshops was an essential part of Queensland Railways. Discover the stories of the people who worked here.
Ipswich Railway Workshops
Lost Creatures
Lost Creatures is an epic Queensland story of the struggle to survive. Meet strange creatures, including our very own dinosaurs, giant marine reptiles and megafauna, and marvel at the diversity and immense size of creatures from our prehistoric past.
Lost Creatures
Mephisto
The only remaining German tank from World War 1.
Mephisto
Might & Muscle
The might and muscle of thousands of workers who built the rail network in Queensland.
Might & Muscle
Model Railway
See the largest model railway layout of Queensland!
Model Railway
Moving Goods
Moving goods around the state is one of the main functions of rail.
Moving Goods
Museum Collection & Storage
See our extensive collection of railway heritage items and visit the John Douglas Kerr Reading Room.
Museum Collection & Storage
National Carriage Collection
Experience Australia's finest collection of horse-drawn vehicles.
National Carriage Collection
Nippers Railway
A hands-on interactive railway filled with adventurous and fun things to do and kid-sized places to visit.
Nippers Railway
One of a Kind
See treasured Vice-Regal Carriage and an early Panhard railmotor built in 1918.
One of a Kind
Other Railways
Railways in Queensland extended well beyond the government rail network.
Other Railways
Pandora Gallery
The main attraction at the Museum of Tropical Queensland which tells the story of the ill-fated HMS Pandora, the ship sent by British Admiralty to capture the Bounty and her mutinous crew in 1790.
Pandora Gallery
Platform 9
Who hasn't travelled by train? Relive rail travel and climb aboard a 1930s carriage.
Platform 9
Powerhouse
The Powerhouse supplied electricity, compressed air and hydraulic pressure to power the site’s machinery, tools and lights.
Powerhouse
Rail in Queensland
Rail has shaped the development of towns and industries, created opportunities for travel, and greatly improved communication.
Rail in Queensland
Rail Today
Today rail is experiencing a revival with the development of high speed trains, together with the desire of many people to savour the journey, not just the destination.
Rail Today
Sciencentre
An amazing minds-on hyperactive science discovery zone. Test yourself with hands-on activities including puzzles, illusions, brain twisters and physical challenges.
Sciencentre
The Coach Stop play area
Hands on play area just for children.
The Coach Stop play area
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