Museum of Tropical Queensland

The 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.

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

The museum has many exhibitions, both permanent and changing. The diverse range of exhibitions displayed at the museum focus on natural and cultural history, biodiversity, human science of the region. They are designed to captivate audiences of all ages by providing in-depth education experiences, innovative public programs, early childhood activities and entertaining school holiday activities.

Behind the scenes, the museum is home to thousands of objects, specimens and artefacts that tell the ever changing story of Queensland.

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

It is home to many artefacts recovered from the wreck of HMS Pandora. 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 Pandora sank off the coast of north Queensland in 1791.

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

The Museum is family-friendly and 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 enjoy a coffee, snack or light lunch during your visit at The Galley Cafe. Open daily from 10 am to 2 pm.

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

The fully air-conditioned Cafe menu features a wide range of freshly made sandwiches and wraps, hot food, gourmet pies and sausage rolls. There are also a great selection of cakes, scones and muffins delivered daily. With great views from our balcony over the Ross Creek marina and Castle Hill, the cafe is the ideal choice for a coffee, tea or even a light lunch.

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

 

The Museum of Tropical Queensland is open:

Wednesday
  • 9:30am–4pm
Thursday
  • 9:30am–4pm
Friday
  • 9:30am–4pm
Saturday
  • 9:30am–4pm
Sunday
  • 9:30am–4pm
Monday
  • 9:30am–4pm
Tuesday
  • 9:30am–4pm

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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