New-look Discovery Centre opens at Queensland Museum

08 March 2019

Get set to brush up on your zoology, history and geography and get up close to cultural artefacts, taxidermied animals and fossils; because young explorers and inquisitive adults can satisfy their curiosity once more when Queensland Museum’s new-look Discovery Centre re-opens on Saturday, 9 March.

Minister for Arts and Science Leeanne Enoch said the Discovery Centre refurbishment was part of a multi-million dollar Queensland Government investment in Queensland Museum.

“I invite Queenslanders to discover the new Discovery Centre,” Minister Enoch said.

“With more than 1300 objects on display, including 427 insect species and 600 objects in drawers, there is plenty to discover at the Discovery Centre, including new digital displays.

“The Queensland Government invested $3.25 million through Arts Queensland’s Arts Investment Infrastructure Fund into the refurbishment of the Discovery Centre and the new 1000 square metre exhibition space on Level 3 which opens on 15 March with the museums largest ever exhibition NASA – A Human Adventure.

“With the re-opening of the popular Discovery Centre, Queensland Museum continues to position Queensland as clearly focused on the future with a quest to discover more about the world around us,” she said.

A much-loved part of the museum, the Discovery Centre was temporarily closed for redevelopment in 2018 and has now been relocated to level 4 to complement the Museum’s Wild State Gallery.

With thousands of objects, animals and fossils on show, the Discovery Centre is a treasure trove for inquisitive minds – whether you want to observe or take part in a vast array of activities throughout the year.

Queensland Museum CEO Dr Jim Thompson said the Discovery Centre was more than just a space within the museum.

“With 11 staff, the Discovery Centre is the hub of Queensland Museum, our team are here to answer visitors’ queries not only in person, but online and over the phone,” he said.

“Since 2008, the team have answered more than 10,000 enquiries per year on a range of topics from archaeology to palaeontology, our unique biodiversity and cultural history, and popular questions about insects, reptiles, arachnids, earth sciences and mammals.

“We are looking forward to welcoming our visitors back to the Discovery Centre from 9 March – just in time for World Science Festival Brisbane.

Returning will be the popular live animals –snakes, spiders, stick insects and giant cockroaches and the Meet the Curator sessions.

“Specialist staff within the Discovery Centre can answer questions and are happy to identify objects visitors collect.”

The Discovery Centre will be open on Level 4, Queensland Museum from Saturday, 9 March 2019 from 9.30am.

Visit qm.qld.gov.au to find out more information or ask an expert online or in person at the Discovery Centre.

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