Who we are & what we do

Queensland Museum

The Queensland Museum was founded by the Queensland Philosophical Society on 20 January 1862. Today, the Queensland Museum enriches and enlivens the cultural, social and intellectual life of all Queenslanders through its dynamic network of research facilities, regional outreach services and public tourist attractions.

These venues include: Queensland Museum & Sciencentre in Brisbane, Cobb+Co Museum in Toowoomba, The Workshops Rail Museum in Ipswich and the Museum of Tropical Queensland in Townsville. The Queensland Museum also operates the Lands, Mapping and Surveying Museum (in partnership with the Department of Natural Resources and Mines).

Our vision

To be a valued and trusted museum network that creates authentic and compelling experiences.

Our purpose

Connect real objects and contemporary research with communities and tell stories that inspire, enrich and empower.

Queensland Museum Foundation

Established in 2003, the Queensland Museum Foundation seeks to build partnerships with individuals and private and public sector organisations to provide resources and financial support to further the strategic priorities of the Queensland Museum. The Queensland Museum Foundation is governed by a board of Trustees.

For more information or to make a donation, visit the Queensland Museum Foundation website.

Legislative framework

The Queensland Museum operates under the legislative framework of the Queensland Museum Act 1970, available on the Queensland Legislation website.