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Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA)

by Sally Foster (follow)
If you are looking for an experience of art and culture that both you and your kids will enjoy, then a visit to the Queensland Art Gallery I Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA) is a must do activity. The best part? It is free!

Located in Southbank in two adjacent riverside buildings, QAGOMA is not just a place for adults who enjoy art. There are elements specifically created for the little ones in mind.

Credit: QAGOMA Facebook Page

The Children's Art Centre is a place for kids to learn about art and artists from across Australia and around the world. Through a variety of fun activities and interactive installations, there is an ever changing rotation of events throughout the year. Check out the website for more details on programs coming up, including the very popular Toddler Tuesday.

If you decide to visit QAGOMA in the next few weeks, the current exhibit by Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama is beyond incredible. The explosion of colour of some of her art, as well as the incredibly popular Obliteration Room, will have both you and your children completely mesmerised.

Credit: QAGOMA Facebook Page

Credit: QAGOMA Facebook Page

Credit: QAGOMA Facebook Page

The exhibit is free, however does get very busy, so be prepared for some long lines during peak times. The exhibit ends on 11 February 2018 so be sure to get there before it is too late.

Disclaimer: Obliteration room ends 4th February but the Yayoi Kusama exhibit is around until 11th February. This is according to the QAGOMA website.

There is a restaurant and two cafes at QAGOMA if you want a bite to eat. Otherwise you can pack a lunch and pick a spot to sit riverside at Southbank, which is only a short walk away. If it is nice weather, that would be my pick.

Don't be nervous about visiting an art gallery with children or babies either. There are plenty of access points for prams and it is family friendly. I would say that some days the children even outnumber the adults!

A visit to QAGOMA can be made into a whole day event. Accessible by both public transport and by car, it is at the heart of Brisbane's cultural precinct. Also located in this precinct is the State Library, Museum and Science Centre so you can start your day in the early hours and be kept busy until the evening. Entry to all these places are free, you just might have to pay for some special exhibits that catches your eye.

Location: Stanley Place Cultural Precinct, Southbank

Getting there: Located right next to the Cultural Centre Busway station and a short walk from the South Brisbane train station and the South Bank CityCat and Ferry terminal. Visit the website for more details.

Parking: Paid parking available at the cultural precinct. Street parking around Southbank if you are very lucky.

Hours and Admission: Open 7 days 10am to 5pm

Facilities: free wifi, public toilets, free tours

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