Permanent exhibitions

Our permanent exhibitions showcase aspects of the natural and cultural heritage of North Queensland.

Colour - Secret Language of the Reef
Explores how coral and marine creatures on the Great Barrier Reef use colour, light, patterns and textures to communicate.
Colour - Secret Language of the Reef
Discover Tropical Queensland Gallery
Explore the environment of North Queensland through time, in the intriguing Discover Tropical Queensland.
Discover Tropical Queensland Gallery
Enchanted Rainforest
Learn more about a typical North Queensland rainforest environment.
Enchanted Rainforest
Heritage of Helmets
One of the most significant collections of diving heritage on display in Australia.
Heritage of Helmets
Pandora Gallery
The main attraction at the Museum of Tropical Queensland, the Pandora Gallery tells the story of the ill-fated HMS Pandora, the ship sent by British Admiralty to capture the Bounty and her mutinous crew in 1790.
Pandora Gallery
The Great Gallery
Access to the Great Gallery will be impacted from 10 July to 15 September as the Dinosaur Discovery exhibition makes way for our next blockbuster.
The Great Gallery
Tonka the bare-nosed wombat
Following his untimely death, an international outpouring of grief and restoration works in Brisbane, Tonka the bare-nosed wombat returns to Townsville for display at the Museum of Tropical Queensland in December 2017.
Tonka the bare-nosed wombat
Your Shipwreck Adventure
Explore the mystery of a Great Barrier Reef shipwreck in this interactive exhibition, purpose build for young children.
Your Shipwreck Adventure
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