Museum of Brisbane (Brisbane City Hall) – Day Trip

I love checking out Museums and other historical places and this Museum is just a little secret of a place just waiting to be discovered and is well worth a visit. Not to be confused with the Queensland Museum in the art and entertainment precinct at Southbank Brisbane, the Museum of Brisbane (click here for further information) is situated in the Brisbane City Hall @ 64 Adelaide Street, Brisbane City adjacent to King George Square. An oasis in the city, the Museum is a place to learn the history and discover stories that are 100% Brisbane.

Take a wander through time meandering through all five exhibition spaces and soak up the visual arts and experience, the places and stories of sometimes ordinary people as you discover all about Brisbane.

Life in Irons: Brisbane’s Convict Stories (click here for further information). This display which is a part of the Museum of Brisbane runs until the end of October 2018 and provides a vivid insight into daily life in the Moreton Bay penal settlement. You’ll be able to appreciate the harsh life in the penal colony and be able to view some of the early documents from Brisbane’s convict past.

  1. Hot Tip: No need to book and entry is Free.
  2. There are self-guided tours if you prefer to explore at your own leisure or jump on board a guided tour with very experienced guides exploring all the current exhibitions about Brisbane and it’s early and current history.
  3. Just take the lifts to level three, check in at the museum reception desk and you’ll be on your way with all the information you need.

The Clock Tower (click here for further information) is another “must do” if you are visiting the Museum of Brisbane. Take a ride in the antique lift to the City Hall Clock Tower. The views of Brisbane from the top are brilliant and it’s Free.

Tickets are allocated on a first come, first serve basis. This is a ticket only tour & you’ll be given the next available time when you book.

  1. Hot Tip: Get your tickets as early as possible to avoid any disappointment of not being able to ride in the lift to the top of City Hall.
  2. This tour is Free.

The day is not finished yet. We have so much more to explore and it’s all just here in this very popular destination, Brisbane City Hall.

Take in a Free Concert: City Hall concerts take place in the City Hall auditorium every Tuesday 12pm-1pm February-November 2018. Concerts are free, and no booking is required.

  1. Hot Tip: These concerts can be very popular, and seating is limited. Arrive early to claim your spot in the que to avoid disappointment,


  1. City Hall Tour: Organise a Free guided tour inside City Hall that operate seven days a week. These tours are brilliant and give you an insider look of this magnificent building.
  2. Visit Museum of Brisbane (click here for all booking information) to book on-line or phone 07 33390845. Bookings are essential.
  3. Toilets are also available in the City Hall precinct and all levels are accessed by stairs or lifts.

If it’s coffee time there are two cafés situated in the City Hall, The Shingle Inn and Red Cross café. Being in Brisbane’s CBD you are also spoilt for choice as there are many Restaurants, café’s, pubs and eateries of all types all within easy walking distance. As is our way at ROAD TRIP’N we “road tested” a nearby pub for lunch. The Grand Central Hotel (click here for further information) situated in 270 Ann Street, opposite Anzac Square, was the place to be. Great lunch menu and a cold beer, what more could you ask for.

Hot Tip: Getting there: You can drive and park, King George Square Car Park (paid parking) is situated under King George Square close to the Museum of Brisbane, but if your concerned with traffic or parking costs, public transport is a better option.

The nearest bus station to City Hall and the Museum is King George Square, while Central and Roma Street are the nearest train stations.

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Safe travels