Queensland Museum, Brisbane

Queensland Museum, Brisbane
Queensland Museum, Brisbane

The State Collection is comprised of objects that are significant to the people of Queensland. The collection includes a rich diversity of cultural objects including significant Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander collections, material from the Pacific Islands and important social history, transport and technology collections. These objects are cared for on behalf of Queenslanders so that they can be enjoyed by future generations.

Queensland Museum supports the use of these materials in displays and research within the organisation and through loans to other institutions.

Ethnographic collections

Objects from Queensland Aboriginal cultures and Torres Strait Islander cultures comprise the most important part of our ethnographic collections. We also hold a significant Pacific Island Collection that connects Queensland to the Pacific. Cultural objects from other parts of the world are represented in the Collection, but are no longer actively collected. Objects include weapons, utensils, tools, personal adornments, watercraft, musical instruments and archaeological remains.

Culturally sensitive collections

Sensitive cultural materials that rightfully belong to Aboriginal peoples and Torres Strait Islanders are included in the Collection. Most significant of all are the human remains of Aboriginal peoples and Torres Strait Islanders and a large number of secret and/or sacred objects. Collected with little or no regard for traditional customs, these objects are now subject of a Repatriation program.

Historical collections

Colonial and state histories of Queensland are well represented in the Collection. The materials trace the earliest settler histories including Indigenous conflict and adaptation, through to recent and current political and social history. Specialist collections include railway, maritime, road, and aviation transport; science and technology in society; fashion and textiles; everyday domestic paraphernalia ; ceramics; musical instruments and audiovisual technology.

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Sat + Sun 9am - 5pm

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