Art Galleries and Museum, Brisbane

Brisbane is the perfect spot for visitors interested in cultural activities, and particularly for art lovers. Conveniently for visitors, all of the city's major art galleries are located close to one another. Take our Walk to see the most remarkable art galleries and the Queensland Museum in Brisbane.
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Art Galleries and Museum Map

Guide Name: Art Galleries and Museum
Guide Location: Australia » Brisbane (See other walking tours in Brisbane)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 5
Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.9 km
Author: gene
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Gallery M

1) Gallery M

Gallery M exhibits the photographic art of Ben Mesina, who is thought to be Australia's finest landscape photographer. Each image by this talented and collectible artist has an emotional depth that has to be seen to be believed.
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Australian Indigenous Tribal Galleries

2) Australian Indigenous Tribal Galleries

Australian Indigenous Tribal Galleries is an art museum dedicated to indigenous Australian art. It offers displays of artworks and artifacts that represent the indigenous culture of different local communities. Look out for the gallery's great gift shop when you visit.
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Queensland Art Gallery

3) Queensland Art Gallery (must see)

Brisbane is undergoing a true renaissance at the moment with more and more cultural activities garnering national and international attention. The Queensland Art Gallery is one of the frontrunners in providing Queenslanders and visitors with a range of art to see and enjoy. The gallery is located in the Queensland Performing Arts Complex, known locally as QPAC, just across the river from the CBD. The gallery was originally opened in 1895, but it shifted to its current location in 1982. In addition to its sizeable permanent collection, the gallery has a fine history of presenting impressive national and international visiting exhibitions.

The Queensland Art Gallery has always had the philosophy of connecting people through art and in this vein it has always had extensive indigenous art and children’s art programs and displays in place. The permanent collection features works by indigenous artists such as Albert Namatjira and Thanakupi. The Australian collection has works by Arthur Streeton and many other well known artists. There are also sizeable Asian and Pacific collections along with European works by Provost and Tintoretto. Combined with a visit to the Queensland Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA), right next door, the gallery is providing exciting and inspiring installations to artists and admirers of all ages.

Hours: Monday-Sunday 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
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Queensland Gallery of Modern Art

4) Queensland Gallery of Modern Art (must see)

The Queensland Gallery of Modern Art is one of the newest and most exciting galleries in Australia only opening in 2006. In only a few short years the gallery has created quite a splash offering wide reaching installations for art lovers of all ages. Indeed, it has become internationally recognized for its innovation and the range of art that is offered to school aged children. It is also home to Australia’s only purpose built cinematheque – a film archive devoted to showing old or art house film reels. There is a regular program of silent, retro, classics, anime and art house films shown at the gallery each day.

Well received temporary installations at the GOMA have included Warhol, Picasso and Matisse exhibitions and there is always something exciting on the program to see and experience. Located within the Queensland Performing Arts Complex (QPAC) at Southbank, just across from the CBD, it is easily accessible by road, train, bus or ferry. It is open 10am to 5pm Monday to Friday and 9am to 5pm on weekends. Within the premises there is a store and an excellent restaurant and café to stimulate your gastronomical senses as well as your aesthetic sense.
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Queensland Museum

5) Queensland Museum (must see)

The Queensland Museum is part of the arts complex at Southbank just across the river from the CBD. The museum has been a part of the Queensland landscape for more than 150 years and has previously had homes at the Old Windmill, the Parliament Building, the Old Post Office and it was housed at the Exhibition Building for 86 years until it moved to its current site in 1985. To celebrate the museum’s 150th anniversary in 2012 it was extensively refurbished in order to provide Queenslanders with even better tangible access to their past and give visitors a clearer understanding of where the state has been and where it may go in the next 150 years.

There are more than one million artifacts in the museum’s collection, but popular permanent fixtures include: the dinosaur garden; a German AV7 tank; Captain Cook’s compass, Queensland aviator, Burt Hinkler’s aircraft from his solo flight from England to Australia in the 1920s and indigenous artifacts from the 19th century. The museum is open every day from 9.30 am - 5.00 pm. It is closed on Good Friday and Christmas Day and on ANZAC Day from 1.30 pm. General entry is free, but there may be some exhibitions that charge a small fee.

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Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in Brisbane for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best Brisbane has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Taking Care of Your Feet


To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Brisbane, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device


Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.