Museum of Tropical Queensland

  • Phone: (07) 4726 0600
  • Address:
    Museum of Tropical Queensland
    78 Flinders Street
    Townsville, QLD 4810
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The Museum of Tropical Queensland is the only branch of the Queensland Museum north of Brisbane. On Flinders Street in Townsville, our iconic building looks across Ross Creek in the city.
The Museum of Tropical Queensland

Our focus is on researching and interpreting the cultural and natural heritage of tropical Queensland.

The present museum opened in 2000 on the site of an earlier, smaller building. Its new and modern displays explore life in the tropics from pre-historic times to the modern era.

The star attraction is the HMS Pandora gallery. Sent to catch the famous Bounty and her mutinous crew, the Pandora sank off the coast of Cape York in 1791. Hundreds of amazing artefacts have been recovered from the wreck and are on display.

The most popular area for kids is the MindZone, a fun interactive science centre. Other galleries celebrate the rainforest, corals and marine creatures from the deep sea and fossil past.

We also host a series of visiting displays from other museums. This brings fresh and engaging content that locals might not get a chance to see.


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Past events

Come Hell or High Water: Cyclones of North Queensland

3rd December

This new home-grown exhibition tells the story of how these fierce weather systems have shaped the lives and lifestyles of North Queenslanders over the...

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Explor-a-saurus - Exhibition

24th December

This exhibition features animatronic versions of some of the world’s most famous dinosaurs, including Muttaburrasaurus , one of the most complete dinosaur...

Free

Come hell or High Water' - Exhibition

24th December

This exhibition uses stories, photographs and artefacts to illustrate how cyclones have influenced North Queensland over the past 100 years with a focus...

Free

Dino-Rassic Park

14th December

Visit the Museum's dino-riffic animated wildlife park, hear dino-keepers talk about their animals amd meet real dinosaur relatives.

TBA

I've Been Working on the Railway - Exhibition

24th September

Through the 1950s, 60s and 70s there were large scale developments of rail infrastructure across Australia. In the hot and dusty environments of the...

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Making Tracks - School Holiday Program

24th September

Children of all ages can discover the magic of trains and railways at the Museum during the holidays. Making Tracks celebrates the glory days of rail...

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Re-Collections - Museum of Tropical Queensland Exhibition

24th September

Following the popular success of last year's To Have and To Hold collectors' exhibition, MTQ is again working with the community to deliver a new...

Free

Perception Deception A Mind Altering Exhibition

23rd August

Perception Deception contains 15 exhibits with 37 reality-altering interactive experiences and graphics that display visual illusions and perception...

Free

A Tale of Two Cyclones

15th October

The display of underwater photographs of the Yongala shipwreck, stripped bare of her protective coral covering by caterory five Cyclone Yasi in 2011,...

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Discover More Monthly Lectures - Every second Tuesday 2012

14th February

MTQ's series of monthly lectures cover a wide range of subjects and are delivered by experts in the relevant field.

Free

Yongala Shipwreck Photographic Exhibition

23rd August

A new display of photographs of the Yongala shipwreck shows her stripped bare of her protective coral covering by category five Cyclone Yasi in 2011.

TBA

To Have and To Hold: A Collectors Display

22nd September

This exhibition brings together the unique, eccentric and occasionally obsessive collections of dozens of North Queenslanders to share the joy of...

Free

Scinema Films at the Museum

11th August

SCINEMA (pronounced with a long ‘i’ to emphasise the science behind the cinema) is a travelling Festival of Science Film, put together by the CSIRO....

Free

Science on the Move 2012

19th July

Enjoy, discover and explore principles of light, music and sound, human biology and health, force and motion, ecology and the environment, electricity and...

Exhibition - The Butterfly Man of Kuranda 2012

27th February

This stunning visual exhibition displays the wonderful array of Queensland's beautiful butterflies, beetles and moths, collected by FP and AP Dodd around...

Free

Stories from the Torres Strait 2012

27th February

The Torres Strait is home to a strong and vibrant culture that is thousands of years old. Dance, music, song and story have long been a vital aspect of...

Free