Museum marks 30th anniversary

06 June 2017

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.

Premier and Arts Minister Annastacia Palaszczuk said the anniversary was an opportunity to celebrate the Museum’s significance within the Queensland Museum network and the North Queensland community.

“I congratulate the Museum of Tropical Queensland on 30 years of researching and interpreting the cultural and natural heritage of our state’s beautiful and wondrous north,” the Premier said.

“From its humble beginnings in 1987, it has grown in size and stature to become an internationally recognised centre, renowned not only for its coral, maritime and cultural collections but for its globally significant research, particularly into the Great Barrier Reef.

“We can be rightfully proud of our Queensland museums, which contribute so much to our understanding of the world around us and to finding answers to the scientific challenges that face us on a global scale.”

Acting Queensland Museum Network CEO and Director Alexander Hayward said the Museum invited the North Queensland community and visitors to celebrate its 30th anniversary throughout June, with activities providing something for everyone.

“We’re offering a vibrant program of activities throughout June, including our first 18+ event, Dinosaurs Up Late, on Friday 23 June, and extended opening hours on Saturday 24 June,” Mr Hayward said.

“It’s a great opportunity to celebrate how far the Museum has come since 24 June 1987, when the North Queensland Branch of the Queensland Museum was opened in Flinders Street as part of the Great Barrier Reef Wonderland Complex.

“Renamed the Museum of Tropical Queensland in 1990 and redeveloped in 2000, it is now recognised worldwide for its engaging displays and its scientific research contributing to vital global knowledge.”

The 30th Anniversary month also provides the opportunity to celebrate the successes of the Museum during the past 12 months, including bumper visitation and the most popular exhibition in the history of the museum, Dinosaur Discovery:  Lost Creatures of the Cretaceous.

“To see the North Queensland community embrace the Museum in this way is heartening and proves just how much Museum of Tropical Queensland has cemented its place firmly in the fabric of not just the Townsville community, but its surrounds,” Mr Hayward said.

Highlights of the month include:

  • Extended opening hours on Saturday 24 June
  • Our first 18+ event, Dinosaurs Up Late, on Friday 23 June
  • Curator talks on Tuesday 6 June

  • Back of House Tours on Tuesday 20 June.

Plus, if you visit the Museum and sign up to receive the regular e-news between 1 June and 9 July 2017, you go in the running to win a trip for two to the Melbourne Cup valued at $2,000.

Visit for full program details. The Museum is open daily from 9.30am – 5pm.