New exhibitions coming to the Museum of Tropical Queensland

04 November 2009

The Museum of Tropical Queensland will host three major exhibits over the next three months, Museum Director Peter McLeod announced today.

Mr McLeod said the new exhibits will provide visitors with fresh and fun learning opportunities and build on the successful program of temporary displays during 2009.

"Each trip to the Museum of Tropical Queensland will bring something new," Mr McLeod said.

"Visiting exhibits from the Queensland State Archives and Questacon and an exciting display of live insects developed by the Museum will offer a diverse variety of experiences for local families to explore."

The scheduled exhibits include the combined Queensland Firsts and Our Queensland displays, which celebrate the 150th anniversary of the state, Earth Quest, which explores our world and beyond, and the Museum's own Creepy Crawlies Alive.

Queensland Firsts and Our Queensland, 9 November - 13 December, will showcase some historical treasures from the collections of the State Archives, The Courier-Mail and The Sunday Mail.

Each of the documents and images on display reflects a historical milestone or iconic moment in Queensland history, and will give families an opportunity to discover and reflect on our shared heritage.

From December, visitors will be taken on a journey from the farthest reaches of the galaxy to the centre of the Earth. Earth Quest, 17 December 2009 - 15 April 2010, is a travelling exhibition from Questacon filled with interactives that answer questions about astronomy, geology, geography, environmental science and biology.

Creepy Crawlies Alive, 5 - 25 January 2010, will be a combined live bug display and holiday program featuring some of the insect giants found in North Queensland.

"Previous live bug displays at the museum have been very popular with children and this will be one of the museum's largest displays of live creepy crawlies to date," Mr McLeod said.

"Visitors will be able to get up close to dozens of living specimens from giant cockroaches to giant water bugs and a full program of creepy crawly activities will keep kids busy."

A calendar of upcoming Museum of Tropical Queensland events is online at www.mtq.qm.qld.gov.au.

Entry to the museum is free for locals through the Council Community Pass, supported by Townsville, Burdekin, Charters Towers and Hinchinbrook councils.

The Museum of Tropical Queensland, part of the Queensland Museum, is open from 9.30am - 5pm daily.

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