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Replacement roof works at the Museum of Tropical Queensland

25 November 2019

Museum of Tropical Queensland in Townsville will be undergoing replacement roof works from mid November 2019 until approximately late May 2020.

These roof works will repair damage from the 2019 monsoonal event and update the original structure that was built in 2000. The museum will remain open and operating during these works.

Locals and visitors to Townsville will still be able to enjoy a number of exciting exhibitions and programs during the next 6 months including:

  • Rescue (visiting exhibition from Scitech, WA) 30 November 2019 – 8 March 2020
  • Drone coding workshops for kids (presented by STEM Punks) 6 January - 10 January 2020
  • Rescue summer holiday program (variety of activities) 6 - 24 January 2020
  • Under Construction (Easter school holiday program) 4 - 19 April 2020

During the repair work, there will be scaffolding and walkway tunnels erected to ensure the safety of museum visitors and staff.

The State Collection held at Museum of Tropical Queensland along with any objects and exhibition materials will be safeguarded during the roof works. All exhibition galleries will remain open and research on the extensive biodiversity and cultural collections will remain business as usual.

Access to Wickham St (between the Queensland Building and Bullwinkles) and the Ross Creek side of the museum including the grassed area and boardwalk along the water will be closed to the public during the period.

The exterior work is currently planned to run from November to March 2020, with the interior roof undergoing repairs from approximately March to May 2020.

Once completed there will be no change to the roof appearance with the iconic curved roof alongside Ross Creek remaining the same. Spinderella, the popular White Orb spider suspended over Flinders Street will remain undisturbed!

Visitors and Annual Pass holders will be kept up-to-date with repairs via the museum’s social media channels and information about the works can be found here on Museum of Tropical Queensland website

Media Contact:

Andrea Hughes                      

07 4726 0604 or 0497 347 117

andrea.hughes@qm.qld.gov.au