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Kid Friendly Museums in Brisbane

by Sophie Cannon (follow)
5 great museums in Brisbane

Museums are a great day trip out for the whole family no matter what the weather, and Brisbane has some great ones to offer.



Whether your kids have an interest in history, animals or even planets far beyond ours, we've got you covered!

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1. Queensland Museum

Probably our most popular of the list, the Queensland Museum has so much to offer. Climb within mangrove roots, experiment with gravity and even walk amongst the dinosaurs!



The museum is home to 5 levels of exhibitions to explore and features it’s very own “Playasaurus” area full of Jurassic friends, the chance to get up close and personal with some of Australia’s most iconic animals and if that wasn’t enough, there is even a display of Australia’s most impressive personal collections, some of which are just down right bizarre!

And the best bit? Cost of entry is free! For more information on opening hours and special events,visit the Queensland Museum website.

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2. Sciencentre

Attached to the Queensland Museum is the Sciencentre, a fantastic place to visit which offers a hands-on experience of science at work. Most of the exhibits on display are fully interactive and encourage everyone to have a go.

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The optical illusions section allows kids to play around and get a hilarious photo, followed by the electricity show where they will be able to see electrical currents up close and learn how everything works.

I guarantee after one visit, your kids - even the younger ones - will be begging to go back.

For admissions costs and further information, head on over to the Sciencentre website.

3. Samford Museum, Samford Village

Why not step back in time and visit the Samford museum? Kids will finally be given the chance to see what their lives would have been like without all of the luxuries we have today.



The museum opened in 1986 and features fascinating displays of antiques, including toy collections and historic items from rural, domestic, railway and transport sectors of the district.

Kids will get to see a blacksmith at work, experience what an old fashioned school room would have been like and even see how butter used to be made by hand churning milk. There is honestly loads to do at this hidden gem and it’s well worth a look on your next family day out.

There is a small admission fee for the museum entry, for more information head on over to the Samford Museum website.

4. The Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium, Mt Coot-tha

For any space crazy kids, The Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium would be the perfect afternoon destination. Featuring a range of interesting displays and activities, both kids and adults alike will be fully entertained.



Come face to face with a replica of Neil Armstrong’s Apollo spacesuit, take a look at spacecraft models and asteroid fragments as well as taking a lie down under the stars in the Cosmic Skydome. Organisers have made the planetarium as child friendly as possible and there is more than enough to keep even the younger audiences engaged.

Cost of entry to the planetarium is free however there are additional cost for event and Skydome. For more information, head on over to the Thomas Brisbane Planetarium Website.


5. The Workshops Rail Museum, Ipswich

A firm Brisbane favourite, "all aboard" for lots of fun at The Workshops Rail Museum! Jam packed full of information and interactive displays, the museum is a great place to explore for all ages.

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Kids can lose “track” of time on the Nippers Railway adventure playground, get lost within the huge model railway and take a ride on various simulators. The museum offers a huge range of school holiday activities as well as some that are there all year round including arts and crafts, dress up play and historical tours. Also a tip is to keep an eye out for certain Thomas the Tank Engine events that crop up several times year!

The museums is open daily and there is a charge for admission. For further information, head on over to the Rail Museum website.

Museums are a great place for both kids and adults to stretch their imaginations and learn something at the same time. I hope we have inspired you with this list!




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