Museum of Tropical Queensland

Museum of Tropical QueenslandThe Museum of Tropical Queensland is located at 70-102 Flinders Street in Townsville. It is a museum full of information about the natural history, archaeology and history located in the centre of Townsville.

Opened in 1987, the museum and explores life in the tropics from prehistoric times to the modern-day. It delivers a snapshot of North Queensland with galleries telling the stories of World Heritage listed rainforests, reefs and shipwrecks in the area.

The museum has many exhibitions, both permanent and changing.  It is home to thousands of objects, specimens and artefacts telling the ever changing story of Queensland. The diverse range of exhibitions focus on natural and cultural history, biodiversity and human science of the region. Audiences of all ages are captivated by in-depth education experiences, innovative public programs, early childhood activities and entertaining school holiday activities.

The Maritime Archaeology Section of the museum administers the Historic Shipwrecks Act 1976, which covers sites including HMS Pandora and SS Yongala wrecks.

The HMS Pandora sank off the coast of north Queensland in 1791 and the museum is home to many artefacts recovered from the wreck. This ship was sent to capture the sailors from the infamous mutiny on the Bounty and is one of the most significant wrecks in Australian waters.

The museum also houses what has been described as “the scientifically most important coral collection in the world” and is well worth seeing.

Being family-friendly, the museum has free activities and tours every day including a great activity where you can help fire a ships cannon (at 11am and 2.30Pm daily, covered shoes required)

Relax and enjoy a tea, coffee, snack or light lunch during your visit at the fully air-conditioned Galley Café. The menu features a wide range of freshly made sandwiches and wraps, hot food, gourmet pies and sausage rolls. There is also a great selection of cakes, scones and muffins delivered daily. The café is open daily from 10am to 2pm and offers great views from the balcony over the Ross Creek marina and Castle Hill.

The museum Shop showcases a truly unique range of merchandise including; books, contemporary homewares, textiles, jewellery, educational games and science toys, plus a variety of souvenirs to take home.

You can even hire the museum for a cocktail party, special lunch, birthday or wedding.

The Museum of Tropical Queensland is open:

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Currently only fully vaccinated visitors (aged 16 years and older) can enter the museum. Paid street parking is available outside the museum, and free parking (time limits apply) is available on The Strand, about 200 metres from the museum.

Its costs $15 per Adult, $8.80 per Child (3-15 years, under 3 years free)  and a Family pass is $38. Tickets to the museum are available upon arrival or online and all exhibitions are included with the admission cost. Townsville residents are half price of general admission (proof of residency required).

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