Major Cultural Attractions

Brisbane's major cultural attractions are among the most visited in Australia … for a reason! Did you know that Brisbane is home to the world-acclaimed Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA), Queensland Maritime Museum, and the world-class kuril dhagun at the Queensland State Library?

Get connected to Brisbane's culture and discover all of the fascinating eras in Australia's new world city; our Greeters can take you there. Experiences may include:

Museum of Brisbane inside City Hall

Museum of Brisbane

Look no further than the Museum of Brisbane, to get your free ticket to a bird’s-eye view of our beautiful city. Take the old hand-operated lift up the Brisbane City Hall Clock Tower, and step out onto the 76m-high observation platform to absorb an ever-changing unique view of Brisbane.

Located on the third level of the iconic Brisbane City Hall, the revitalised Museum of Brisbane uncovers authentic Brisbane stories of its people past and present. Focusing on the identity of Brisbane, discover the fascinating details and events that have shaped Brisbane’s people and vibrant culture into what we celebrate today.

Queensland Museum and Sciencentre

Queensland Museum

Connecting visitors to Queensland’s past, present and future, the Queensland Museum is one of Brisbane’s cultural gems. Featuring fantastic permanent exhibitions including Dandiiri Maiwar, which showcases the cultures of Queensland's Aboriginal people and Torres Strait Islanders, the Queensland Museum is a great resource to give visitors and locals alike an insight into Queensland’s rich history.

Get interactive in the museum’s Discovery Centre and get up close and personal with thousands of objects, animals and fossils. Get hands-on in the Activity zone, touching and interacting with museum objects and using real scientific equipment.

Gallery of Modern Art and Queensland Art Gallery

QAGOMA

Queensland’s premier visual arts institution, The Queensland Art Gallery (QAG) and the Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA), connect visitors and locals alike to a diverse range of historical and contemporary art pieces.

This must-see double-act is one of Brisbane’s cultural treasures. Offering distinct but complementary experiences, explore QAGOMA’s exclusive international exhibitions, night viewings and live music programs, film screenings at the Australian Cinematheque, and the highly acclaimed Children’s Art Centre.

Queensland Maritime Museum on show

Queensland Maritime Museum

The Queensland Maritime Museum, located at the historic South Brisbane Dry Dock, is one of Australia’s leading maritime museums, and displays extensive collections of historical maritime artifacts, books, documents and photographs.

Delve into the galleries, explore the collections and learn about Brisbane’s maritime history. While you're there, step aboard the internationally significant naval frigate HMAS Diamantina for your chance to explore the ship stem to stern, and uncover a variety of naval memorabilia. Discover the living conditions on a World War I vessel, or the largest World War II ship surviving in Australia.

Brisbane Powerhouse in New Farm

Brisbane Powerhouse

Marvel at the transformation of the Brisbane Powerhouse, from what was once the power supply source to the largest tramway network in the Southern Hemisphere, to one of Australia’s most exciting contemporary arts venues. Now recognised as a significant example of art deco industrial design, the Powerhouse is one of the city’s cultural landmarks, a hub for everything creative including theatre, music, comedy, film, visual arts, festivals and ideas.

Head to the Powerhouse and choose from an annual program of 1000 events, including many free performances, enjoy the tranquility and serenity of its river views, indulge in award-winning cuisine at Watt Restaurant or Bar Alto, or wander the weekend markets on the second and fourth Saturdays of each month.

State Library of Queensland

Queensland State Library

Queensland State Library is a living, breathing resource rich in knowledge, and is yours to visit and use. Delve through a wealth of interesting collections including books, journals and magazines, newspapers, audiovisual, family history, maps, music, ephemera, internet and electronic resources.

The library represents the recollections, reflections and achievements in their many forms of the people of Queensland. Boasting an impressive, world-class indigenous space known as "kuril dhagun" dedicated to creating, sharing, and preserving Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture, knowledge and ideas, Queensland State Library offers a unique learning experience for all ages.

Queensland Performing Arts Centre

Queensland Performing Arts Centre

QPAC, as it is fondly known by locals, is a hub for performing arts in Queensland, where the artistic endeavours of performers from around the world are showcased. Explore the dynamic series of spaces on offer including The Lyric Theatre, Brisbane’s main venue for musicals, operas and ballets. Attracting one million visitors each year, QPAC’s live performance program will not disappoint.

With world-class exclusive performances from The Bolshoi Ballet and the American Ballet Theatre, to a diverse range of musicals, operas, plays and more, be sure to head to the box office to check out what’s on when you’re in town. 

Judith Wright Centre for Performing Arts

Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts

For a cutting-edge program of circus, dance, cabaret, music and contemporary performances, "The Judy" is your one-stop shop. Situated in the heart of Fortitude Valley, Judith Wright Centre encapsulates the modernity, grunge and vibrancy of Valley life and beyond. Choose The Judy for an intimate and innovative arts experience, and be enthralled by what you will see. 

Whether you want to catch up over a coffee, enjoy a meal, sip on delicious cocktails (or even play video games with your friends), spend time at one of the four alternative wining and dining venues – The Foyer Bar, If Espresso Coffee Bar, Glass Bar and Restaurant, and Mana Bar.