Brisbane loves its art, culture and history and the city has some great theatres, galleries and museums.
There’s the Powerhouse, a creative space with an industrial edge.
QPAC at South Bank, home to the performing arts.
The River Stage in the City Botanic Gardens where some of the world’s most famous acts have performed.
In Brisbane’s most famous heritage building you’ll find one of the city’s leading art and history museums.
Museum of Brisbane is at City Hall in a purpose-built gallery on the third level.
It’s a creative portal to Brissy’s past and present with the city’s stories told through ever-changing exhibitions.
Museum Director Renai Grace heads the creative portal.
“We share the stories of the people and places of Brisbane,” she said.
The museum has semi-permanent exhibitions like Perspectives of Brisbane, a look into Brisbane’s history and milestone moments that helped shape the city to become what it is today.
Then there’s the ever-changing lineup of temporary exhibitions which the museum busily prepares for like the upcoming Carriers of Memories.
“Carriers of Memories is all about women’s stories,” said Renai. “There will be works on paper, a lot of weaving so handing down techniques.”
The museum also offers free tours including the very popular Clock Tower Tour.
The tour starts with a ride in one of the oldest continually working cage lifts in Australia. The lift was originally designed as a maintenance lift for the workers on the clock and the bells.
The Clock Tower was completed in 1930, standing at 87 metres tall – easily the tallest building in the city at the time.
Even though now it’s of course surrounded by skyscrapers, once you’re at the top there is still a view that’s uninterrupted so you get a sense of what it would have been like when it stood alone.
Brisbane City Hall Clock Tower Tours run every 15 minutes Monday to Sunday from 10.15am to 4.45pm.
They keep them short and snappy as they have the work around the all-important bell chimes.
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