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2020 is set to fly at Queensland Museum

26 February 2020

From mysterious prehistoric creatures of the abyss to a jaunt down the aisle and taking to the skies with Qantas – Queensland Museum at South Bank has a year of compelling exhibitions and exciting events planned for 2020. 

With one month until Queensland Museum presents World Science Festival Brisbane from 25-29 March, CEO Dr Jim Thompson said the stellar line-up of exhibitions and events would showcase the wide appeal of the museum. 

“As a museum, we are not limited to just one theme or genre and we are fortunate to be able to present a range of events and exhibitions that encourage active learning whether it is the wonders of the natural world or cultural history or explosive science – our appeal spans generations,” Dr Thompson said. 

“The opening of World Science Festival Brisbane next month will kick-start our program of events and new exhibitions for 2020. 

“We recently opened Spiders – The Exhibition which will run until 4 May 2020 and then we are set to take off as the first museum to host Qantas Centenary: 100 Years of the Spirit of Australia, an exhibition which will travel around Australia. 

“From the skies we will dive to the depths of the oceans when we open Sea Monsters: Prehistoric Ocean Predators in December 2020 after it visits our Townsville campus Museum of Tropical Queensland in June.” 

During April and May, level two of the museum will host two new exhibitions, Threads about First Nations textile making in our theatrette and an emotive exhibition from the Australian War Memorial that tells the story of the role Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples played in war in For Country, For Nation, which runs from 25 April – 26 July. 

“I am delighted to announce that Queensland Museum will showcase the beauty and glamour of weddings throughout the ages in an exhibition I do! Wedding Stories from Queensland, which opens in September,” Dr Thompson said. 

Minister for the Arts and Minister for Science Leeanne Enoch commended Queensland Museum for its role in being the first to host Qantas Centenary: 100 Years of the Spirit of Australia, along with a diversity of exhibitions and events in 2020. 

“It’s an honour that QANTAS will kick-off its landmark exhibition at our state museum,” Minister Enoch said. 

“This year, Queensland Museum is set to surprise audiences with an eclectic mix of exhibitions and events designed for wide appeal from toddlers through to tourists,” Minister Enoch. 

“From science buffs to fashionistas, historians to plane spotters, I invite Queenslanders to explore all that is on offer at Queensland Museum.” 

For more information about events and exhibitions at Queensland Museum visit 

Spiders – The Exhibition
Runs until 4 May 2020 

Explore the fascinating world of spiders, some of the most formidable and often feared creatures in Australia. You’ll discover more about what spiders actually are, the intricate ways they produce silk and just how important their venom and silk continue to be.

Come face to face with 12 live spider species and 200 spider specimens including the infamous Sydney Funnel Web, Trapdoor, Huntsman, Redback, and Tarantula spiders. In this rare opportunity, you’ll see creatures of the crawling kind up close from the comfort of the exhibition floor.

Weave your way through interactive activities for all ages, including a dance off with a Peacock Spider, build a giant spider and create your own web. Plus, learn all about the leading research conducted by Queensland Museum Scientists.

Spiders – The Exhibition is developed and toured by the Australian Museum and Questacon – The National Science and Technology Centre. 

Antiquities Revealed
Runs until 27 April 2020

From the vault of the museum’s collection, Antiquities Revealed showcases objects from ancient Greek, Roman and Egyptian civilisations, connecting you with the past and providing insights into daily life, personal dress, technology, beliefs, art and more.

Antiquities Revealed is a Queensland Museum curated exhibition. 

World Science Festival Brisbane
25 – 29 March 2020

The fifth annual World Science Festival Brisbane is returning in 2020!

From 25 – 29 March 2020, South Bank’s cultural precinct will come alive with over 95 events for all ages bringing science to life with an array of events in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM)

From the science of cricket, ballet, and astrophotography, through to unravelling the deepest mysteries of relativity, quantum mechanics, and space and time, there is something for everyone at this year’s World Science Festival Brisbane. 

City of Science at World Science Festival Brisbane
26 – 29 March

Energetic and interactive, messy and loud, City of Science is one of the most popular World Science Festival Brisbane events.

A true celebration of Queensland’s Cultural Centre, City of Science will meander from the River Terrace in front of the Queensland Art Gallery through Queensland Museum’s iconic Whale Mall and on to the Knowledge Walk at State Library of Queensland, offering pockets to rest and gather.

Maiwar Green will be reimagined as the Osmosis Stage, offering a weekend-long program of presentations, performances, science discussions, music and a place to rest and recharge before embarking on more City of Science fun. 

World Science Festival Queensland
Chinchilla 28-29 February
Gladstone 20-21 March
Toowoomba 6-20 April
Townsville 15-16 May and 19 September – 5 October
Ipswich 27 June – 12 July and 27-28 November

A record number of regional events will take place in 2020, starting with Chinchilla in February, Gladstone in March, Toowoomba in April, Townsville in May and September, and Ipswich in June and November.

With a stellar line-up of speakers and performers, World Science Festival Queensland brings together the dynamic connection between science and our everyday world through events guaranteed to inspire and delight the young and the young-at-heart. 

1 May – 5 October

The exhibition Threads, aims to acknowledge strong women and create an understanding about the transition and innovation of First Nations peoples cultural knowledge and practices.  The exhibition will focus on Aboriginal Peoples and Torres Strait Islander Peoples’ living cultures and how people continue to adapt traditional techniques and material, re-interpret forms and maintain the process of passing on traditional knowledge and cultural practices.  Threads will showcase Queensland born and Brisbane based artist Elisa Jane Carmichael and demonstrate how her arts practice creates threads that gives us a pathway to creating awareness about the depth of First Nation’s Peoples textile making in Australia and symbolic of interwoven, intergenerational knowledge. Threads is not only an imagining of what First Nations weaving would be like without interruption, but an opportunity to learn from previous generations and passing on knowledge to a new generation.

Threads is a Queensland Museum curated exhibition. 

For Country, For Nation
25 April – 26 July 2020

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have a long standing tradition of fighting for Country, and continue to serve with honour among our military forces. They have also worked in ancillary, industry, and other home-front activities, and their communities have been thrust into the front line of theatres of war. The touring exhibition For Country, for Nation highlights these stories and explore themes of remembrance and tradition through family histories, objects, art, and photographs from across Australia, drawing inspiration from cultural traditions and symbols of warrior’s discipline, knowledge, leadership, and skill.

For Country, For Nation is developed and toured by the Australian War Memorial. 

Qantas Centenary: 100 Years of the Spirit of Australia
27 June – 16 November 

Qantas is the ‘little bush company’ that changed life in Australia forever. From the vast, wild landscapes to the epic oceans that surround our island home, Qantas shrank these distances - taking Australia to the world and bringing the world to Australia. Pick up your boarding pass and be one of the first in Australia to take in this exhibition that celebrates the centenary of Australia’s airline – Qantas.

Qantas Centenary: 100 Years of the Spirit of Australia is developed by Qantas. 

I do! Wedding Stories from Queensland
18 September – 26 January 2021 

Take a walk down the aisle and take in the history, beauty and glamour of wedding dresses and love stories from Queensland Museum’s extensive collection and beyond. The exhibition will explore the social and cultural changes through the display and interpretation of wedding fashion and clothing. Spanning more than 180 years of wedding traditions – I do! Wedding Stories from Queensland will explore how some of these traditions have remained the same, how others have changed and how the union of two people in marriage has looked different depending on cultural backgrounds, economic conditions, location and legislation.

I do! Wedding Stories from Queensland is a Queensland Museum curated exhibition. 

Sea Monsters: Prehistoric Ocean Predators
5 June – 15 November Museum of Tropical Queensland, Townsville
19 December – 18 April 2021 Queensland Museum, South Bank

Dinosaurs may have ruled the land, but the oceans were home to prehistoric predators that hunted the depths of the sea. 

See some of the largest, fiercest and most successful predators ever that lived in Earth’s oceans. Sea Monsters combines real fossils and gigantic replicas that will give visitors an insight into how these prehistoric predators lived.

Sea Monsters: Prehistoric Ocean Predators is a co-production between Australian National Maritime Museum and Queensland Museum. 


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