Queensland Museum has been building collections of the cultural and natural heritage of Queensland, its surrounding waters and near neighbours, since its inception as the Queensland Philosophical Society in 1862.

The collection continues to grow through new acquisitions of objects and specimens of strategic relevance to Queensland. This material evidence of Queensland ’s heritage forms the basis for the Museum’s research, exhibitions and public education programs that strive to better understand key global issues – from climate change to nature conservation, cultural awareness and community harmony.

Queensland Museum is responsible for preserving the collection and making it accessible to present and future generations. It strives to achieve and maintain the highest possible standards of excellence in preserving, studying and communicating the record of these natural and cultural resources.

The collection is stored and displayed in multiple venues across Queensland: