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  • Local scientist digs his teeth into 100-year-old fossil mystery

    20 September 2019 - Museum of Tropical Queensland

    Museum of Tropical Queensland palaeontologist, Dr Espen Knutsen has helped piece together the answer to a 100-year-old fossil puzzle thanks to modern technology.
  • Unlocking new stories from HMS Pandora

    26 August 2019 - Museum of Tropical Queensland

    Museum of Tropical Queensland will unveil a new object from the wreck of HMS Pandora at a special talk on Wednesday 28 August to commemorate the sinking of the ship 228 years ago.
  • Queensland Museum Network launches into National Science Week with more missions, more science!

    05 August 2019 - Museum of Tropical Queensland

    Pop up museums, roving scientists, space talks, a sleepover at the museum and science comedy debates, will all be part of Queensland Museum Network’s events to celebrate National Science Week 10 – 18 August 2019.
  • Deepest reef coral in the world discovered

    14 May 2019 - Museum of Tropical Queensland

    Museum of Tropical Queensland Honorary Professor Michel Pichon is part of the team to discover the world’s deepest mesephotic coral, Leptoseris hawaiiensis at -172 metres.

  • New exhibition reveals why museums hold the key to protecting our natural world

    04 April 2019 - Museum of Tropical Queensland

    A new exhibition showcasing Queensland Museum Network’s vast specimen collection, past scientific discoveries and vital future research opens at Museum of Tropical Queensland on Saturday 6 April 2019.
  • Museum of Tropical Queensland is open with free entry until Sunday

    06 February 2019 - Museum of Tropical Queensland

    Museum of Tropical Queensland has re-opened to the public and offering free entry until Sunday, 10 February 2019.
  • World Science Festival Brisbane returns to Townsville for some serious science fun

    31 January 2019 - Museum of Tropical Queensland

    Science will come to life at Museum of Tropical Queensland when the World Science Festival Brisbane regional program heads to Townsville on Friday 8 and Saturday 9 March.
  • A world of science fun and discovery at the new Sciencentre

    12 December 2018 - Museum of Tropical Queensland

    Visitors to Museum of Tropical Queensland will be able to reveal their budding inner scientist when the new permanent discovery zone, Sciencentre opens on Saturday 15 December.
  • Secrets of dinosaur survival on show in new cutting-edge exhibition

    29 May 2018 - Museum of Tropical Queensland

    Dinosaur rEvolution: Secrets of Survival explores the predatory prehistoric world of dinosaurs with animatronics, 3D models and fossil casts that visitors can touch, and exhibits with close-to-life-sized murals of all the protagonist species, fully fleshed, feathered and restored in living and breathing colours.
  • Celebrate International Museum Day with FREE entry and events at Museum of Tropical Queensland

    15 May 2018 - Museum of Tropical Queensland

    Museum of Tropical Queensland will be celebrating International Museum Day on Friday 18 May and visitors get to join in the fun with FREE entry, activities and special talks for everyone.
  • Striking Torres Strait Islander masks on display at Museum of Tropical Queensland

    21 March 2018 - Museum of Tropical Queensland

    An exhibition of 12 striking masks and related cultural materials celebrating the rich and continuing tradition of mask making in Zenadh Kes (Torres Strait) opens on Saturday 24 March at the Museum of Tropical Queensland.
  • World Science Festival Brisbane coming to North Queensland!

    21 March 2018 - Museum of Tropical Queensland

    World Science Festival Brisbane heads to North Queensland on 25 and 26 March 2018 for a series of sizzling science events in Townsville, thanks to the event’s Regional Program.
  • In search of paradise – the human stories that helped shape our nation

    06 March 2018 - Museum of Tropical Queensland

    A Greek girl sent across the world to marry a man she’d never met; an African journalist fleeing for his life; and a stateless baby born in India to Iranian parents are just some of the human stories that feature in A Ticket to Paradise? opening on 10 March 2018 at Museum of Tropical Queensland.
  • Tonka the wombat returns to Townsville

    12 December 2017 - Museum of Tropical Queensland

    Following his untimely death, an international outpouring of grief and restoration works in Brisbane, Tonka the bare-nosed wombat is set to return to Townsville for display at Museum of Tropical Queensland.
  • Will the deep inherit the reef?

    11 October 2017 - Museum of Tropical Queensland

    A team of researchers led by Museum of Tropical Queensland (MTQ) has revealed that corals living in deeper reefs could be vital in the global effort to save shallow coral reefs.
  • Australia’s first Horrible Histories® exhibition opening soon at Museum of Tropical Queensland

    12 September 2017 - Museum of Tropical Queensland

    Batten down the hatches! A gruesome band of horrible pirates will be taking over the Museum of Tropical Queensland when it presents Horrible Histories – Pirates: The Exhibition from Saturday 16 September.
  • Award-winning Indigenous artists' first national touring exhibition premieres at MTQ

    30 August 2017 - Museum of Tropical Queensland

    The Museum of Tropical Queensland, Townsville, will be the first venue in an extensive national tour of Manggan – gather, gathers, gathering, a travelling exhibition of Queensland contemporary Indigenous art by award-winning artists from the Girringun Aboriginal Arts Centre in Cardwell, from Saturday 9 September 2017.
  • Dive into the gritty story of the Australian pearling industry and its people

    28 August 2017 - Museum of Tropical Queensland

    A new exhibition delving into the gritty human story of pearling and revealing insights into one of Australia’s oldest industries will open at the Museum of Tropical Queensland on Saturday 2 September.
  • Dinosaurs stomp out of museum and into record books

    11 July 2017 - Museum of Tropical Queensland

    They have been extinct for 66 million years, but the overwhelming popularity of a herd of dinosaurs has helped the Museum of Tropical Queensland to stampede past previous visitation records.
  • Last days of the dinosaurs before they stampede out of Townsville

    19 June 2017 - Museum of Tropical Queensland

    This is your last chance to see twenty animated, life-size dinosaurs at the Museum of Tropical Queensland before their mass extinction on Sunday 9 July 2017.
  • Museum marks 30th anniversary

    06 June 2017 - Museum of Tropical Queensland

    The Museum of Tropical Queensland is celebrating its 30th anniversary this month with a range of activities including back-of-house tours, curator talks and a late-night opening to farewell the dinosaurs.
  • Museum assists in returning First Australian ancestral remains to Country

    02 May 2017 - Museum of Tropical Queensland

    A smoking ceremony, held at the Museum of Tropical Queensland last Friday, was a significant step in the repatriation process to return the remains of King Ng:tja (pronounced Narcha) from Germany to his traditional Country in Far North Queensland.
  • New scientists bring real world benefits to Townsville and beyond

    11 April 2017 - Museum of Tropical Queensland

    Four new scientists, jointly appointed by Queensland Museum and James Cook University (JCU), are building on Townsville’s reputation as an internationally recognised marine research hub.
  • World Science Festival Brisbane travels to Townsville!

    21 March 2017 - Museum of Tropical Queensland

    Indulge your passion for science when the World Science Festival Brisbane blasts into Townsville for two events on March 26 and 27.
  • Snakes in the laundry and other migrant hostel horrors

    13 February 2017 - Museum of Tropical Queensland

    Snakes in the laundry, dreary meals of mutton and a British reluctance to shower are just some of the memories shared in the Museum of Tropical Queensland’s latest exhibition, A Place to Call Home? Migrant hostel memories, a national touring exhibition developed and presented by the National Archives of Australia, which opens on 18 February 2017.
  • Bright sparks light up at new science clubs

    19 August 2016 - Museum of Tropical Queensland

    Over 50 budding young scientists who took part in a pilot science club program delivered by the Museum of Tropical Queensland and James Cook University will celebrate the club’s first successful season with a morning of robotics and cake during National Science Week.
  • Drones, droids and lasers invade Museum

    08 August 2016 - Museum of Tropical Queensland

    Drones, droids and lasers are set to take over the Museum of Tropical Queensland on Wednesday, 17 August for a special family-friendly evening as part of National Science Week celebrations.
  • Local research under joint appointments

    03 August 2016 - Museum of Tropical Queensland

    Queensland Museum Network and James Cook University have teamed up to deliver four new curatorial roles at the Museum of Tropical Queensland, and shared with the university in Townsville.
  • Constructive child's play built on brick bonanza

    13 June 2016 - Museum of Tropical Queensland

    Kids of all ages will be inspired and challenged to create their own construction masterpieces from bridges to buildings, coral reefs to dinosaurs, using literally tons of LEGO bricks as part of the Museum of Tropical Queensland’s exciting new school holiday program, Brick Kids.
  • A craft co-op in a disused school - the story behind Magnetic Museum

    07 June 2016 - Museum of Tropical Queensland

    Discover more about Magnetic Museum’s 20 year evolution from craft co-operative to museum in a free talk by local historian Zanita Davies at the Museum of Tropical Queensland on Tuesday 12 July at 12pm.
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