6 Of The Best Kid-Friendly Museums In Brisbane

  • Preschoolers

By: Carolyn Tate, ellaslist
Nov 23, 2018

If you’re looking for fun and education while having a fun day out with the littlies, a museum is a great option. Double points if it’s hot or raining outside because you are dry and comfortable in the air conditioning. Museums give kids loads of things to see and do, which means you can hopefully relax and wander around with a coffee in your hand. It’s just after you get home they’ll have a thousand questions about everything they saw that day!

Queensland Museum

You can’t go past Queensland Museum for a fun family day out. You get to walk under life-sized whales as you enter (they make deep whale bellowing sounds during opening hours), and you’re greeted by a life-sized dinosaur as soon as you get inside. There’s also heaps of activities and displays for kids, so they’ll never be bored. There’s also a great gift shop and a café that does kids meals for lunch.

Website: Queensland Museum
Where: Daily 9:30am to 5pm, except public holidays
When: Saturday 24 November, 5:30pm to 7pm
Price: Free, but some special events or exhibitions are extra

Abbey Museum, Caboolture 

You’ll find over 500,000 years of history on display at Abbey Museum, which is likely to blow tiny minds. With exhibits from prehistoric times, medieval times and the renaissance, there is something for everyone. They run family events, craft activities, games and school holiday programs too – and there is usually something to see and do on the weekends.

Website: Abbey Museum
Where: The Abbey Place, Caboolture
When: Monday – Saturday 10am to 4pm, except public holidays
Price: Children (4-16) $7, Adults $12, Family $19.80-$25. Some tours and activities cost extra.

Workshops Rail Museum, Ipswich

If you’ve got a train lover at home, the Workshops Rail Museum is not to be missed. Kids can climb aboard real trains, as well as change signals and control boom gates and level crossings (and who doesn’t want to do that, somewhere deep down inside?). There is also 100 square metres of model railway going through Brisbane suburbs, sugar cane and what fields, and tropical North Queensland tracks. The
Trackside Café services coffee and lunch until 2:30pm. Toot toot!

Website: Workshops Museum
Where: North Street, North Ipswich
When: Daily 9:30am to 4pm, except Christmas Day, Boxing Day and Anzac Day
Cost: Children (3-15) $11.50, Adults $14.50, Family $44.50

The Australian Vintage Aviation Society Museum 

If you’ve got a plane lover in your house, Queensland’s premier flying museum is pretty cool. It’s got rare old planes and the only collection of World War II aircraft in Australia. You can check out a full-sized replica of the first powered aircraft, and visit Caboolture Warplane Museum next door with more fully restored planes.

Website: The Australian Vintage Aviation Society
Where: 106/157 McNaught Rd, Caboolture
When: Wednesday – Sunday 10am to 3pm (except public holidays)
Cost: Children $10, Adults $15

Queensland Maritime Museum, South Brisbane

There’s a reason so many museums are centred around modes of transport – we love them! The Queensland Maritime Museum is a fascinating trip into the past of boating and shipping in Australia. You can board the 1945 warship Diamantina – the only one of her kind in the world. Kids will also enjoy checking out the lighthouse exhibit, a steam tugboat, and hundreds of model ships. Bonus, it’s at the edge of Southbank so you can then head off for a swim, lunch, or a play at the playground.

Website: Queensland Maritime Museum
Where: Corner Stanley and Sidon streets, South Brisbane
When: : Daily 9:30am to 4:30pm
Cost: Children $7, Adult $16, Family $38

Sparklab Science Centre, South Brisbane 

What we love about Sparklab is that you can pretend you’re going there for your kids, when in reality this is just as much fun for the adults. There are heaps of hands-on science experiments and displays that will blow your mind and teach you something at the same time (sneaky!). Even better, Sparklab is located in the ground floor of Queensland Museum, so you can kill two birds with one stone, then walk next door to Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA) for more kid-friendly fun.

Website: Sparklab Science Centre
Where: Level 1, Queensland Museum, Corner Grey and Melbourne streets, South
When: Daily 9:30 to 5pm, except public holidays
Cost: Children (5-15) $12.50, Adult $15.50, Family $46

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