Permanent exhibitions

All Aboard
Get a sense of the story of rail in Queensland with this introductory exhibit in the foyer of the Museum.
All Aboard
Ancient Seas and Reefs
Learn about the giant creatures who ruled Queensland's ancient inland sea.
Ancient Seas and Reefs
Anzac Legacy Gallery including Mephisto on display
Uncover the stories, objects and journeys that trace how the First World War changed the face of Queensland and continues to shape our lives, a century later.
Anzac Legacy Gallery including Mephisto on display
At Home in the Tropics
Explore the Tropics and their natural treasures
At Home in the Tropics
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
See inside a diesel locomotive and drive the diesel cab simulator.
Diesel Revolution
Dinosaur Garden undercover play area
Discover our life-sized dinosaurs, how they lived and the food they ate. The Dinosaur Garden is a great space to rest and have refreshments. After refuelling, burn off some energy playing, learning, dancing and singing.
Dinosaur Garden undercover play area
Discover Tropical Queensland
Explore the environments of North Queensland through time, and get an insight into its incredible natural wonders.
Discover Tropical Queensland
Discovery Centre
Discovery Centre
Enchanted Rainforest
Learn more about and explore a typical North Queensland rainforest environment.
Enchanted Rainforest
First Nations Foyer
Visit to see Bindal/Wulgurukaba Wakka Wakka artist Niketa Law’s contemporary piece Wulgurukaba Country in our First Nations Foyer
First Nations Foyer
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 - CLOSED FOR REFURBISHMENT UNTIL MID-2023
After almost 10 dino-mite years Lost Creatures is temporarily closed for refurbishment from 11 July 2022 to mid-2023.
Lost Creatures - CLOSED FOR REFURBISHMENT UNTIL MID-2023
Mangroves
Discover the secrets of one of the most important ecosystems on Earth.
Mangroves
Megafauna
See remains of the giant mammals and marsupials who roamed the Darling Downs 10,000 years ago.
Megafauna
Might and Muscle
Might and Muscle
Minerals: Inspirational Treasures from the Earth
Discover more than 230 of the rarest and most amazing minerals and gems from around Australia and the world.
Minerals: Inspirational Treasures from the Earth
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 collection of railway heritage items through our viewing area.
Museum Collection & Storage
Museum Heritage Tour
Take a tour of the museum showcasing the heritage of the buildings and other key collection items.
Museum Heritage Tour
National Carriage Collection
Experience Australia's finest collection of horse-drawn vehicles.
National Carriage Collection
National Carriage Factory
A purpose-built, open plan working area honouring Australia’s skilled master craftsmen.
National Carriage Factory
Nippers Railway
A hands-on interactive railway filled with fun things to do and kid-sized places to visit.
Nippers Railway
Other Railways
Railways in Queensland extended well beyond the government rail network.
Other Railways
Pandora Gallery
Pandora Gallery 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
Relive rail travel and see a 1930s carriage.
Platform 9
Power House
The Power House supplied electricity, compressed air and hydraulic pressure to power the site’s machinery, tools and lights.
Power House
Rail in Queensland
See how rail has shaped the development of towns and industries across Queensland.
Rail in Queensland
Rail Today
Step aboard a recreated Tilt Train and learn how it works and is able to maintain its speed.
Rail Today
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