Queensland Cultural Centre

Brisbane South Bank Museums, Galleries, Theatres, Library

Brisbane South Bank, just across Brisbane River from the city centre, has become a vibrant entertainment and cultural centre with parks, walks, restaurants, performing arts venues, even a man-made beach.

Here, within walking distance of the city's riverside business district, the well-planned Queensland Cultural Centre features art galleries, a museum, a performing arts complex and the State Library in close proximity to one another.

From the northern city side of the river, Victoria and Kurilpa Bridges provide easy walking access to the South Bank cultural precinct.

For those who plan to drive, there are three cultural centre car parks: at the Queensland Art Gallery, State Library and Performing Arts Centre.

If catching a bus, locate and alight at a convenient Queensland Cultural Centre bus stop.

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Queensland Art Gallery

Queensland Art Gallery
Queensland Art Gallery © Tourism Queensland

Stanley Place, Stanley St, South Bank, Queensland 4101, Australia. Riverfront entrance on Melbourne St. Telephone 617-3840-7303. Opening hours 10am-5pm Monday to Friday, 9am-5pm Saturday and Sunday. Closed Good Friday and Christmas Day. Open Anzac Day 12 noon-5pm; other public holidays 9am-5pm. Free admission, except for special exhibitions and some Cinematheque programs.

The Queensland Art Gallery, the state's premier visual arts institution, started in 1895 as the Queensland National Art Gallery in a room at the old Brisbane Town Hall building on Queen St. As it grew it moved to other temporary premises until the new Queensland Art Gallery opened in 1982 as Stage 1 of the Queensland Cultural Centre.

The Queensland Art Gallery Foundation, established in 1979, is responsible for acquiring more than 5400 works of art for the gallery.

The Gallery Collection today is said to comprise more than 13,000 contemporary and historical Australian, indigenous Australian and international paintings, sculptures, decorative art objects and works on paper.

  • The Gallery of Modern Art, devoted to works of art of the 20th and 21st centuries, is a second site of the Queensland Art Gallery. The two sites, although only 150 metres from each other door to door, certainly seem to be of different concepts, themes, and purposes, with the Gallery of Modern Art including cinematic and multimedia works within its scope.
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Queensland Museum

Queensland Museum and Sciencentre
Queensland Museum and Sciencentre © Tourism Queensland

Grey and Melbourne Sts, South Bank, South Brisbane, Queensland 4101, Australia. Telephone 617-3840-7555. Open daily 9.30am-5pm. Closed Good Friday and Christmas Day. Open Anzac Day 1.30pm-5pm. Free general admission. Entry charges apply to the Sciencentre and some special events and exhibitions.

Founded in in 1862 and located in several temporary homes — among them the Old Windmill, Parliament House, General Post Office, Exhibition Hall — through the years, the Queensland Museum moved to the Queensland Cultural Centre at South Bank where the museum is adjacent to the Queensland Art Gallery. The Sciencentre, a Queensland Museum project, moved to the South Bank in 2004 from former premises in the Government Printing Office building.

The Queensland Museum is the custodian of Queensland's natural and cultural heritage in collections of more than a million items and specimens providing insights into the state's cultural, social and developmental history.

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Queensland Performing Arts Centre

Queensland Performing Arts Centre
Queensland Performing Arts Centre © Tourism Queensland

Melbourne St, South Brisbane, Queensland 4101, Australia. Telephone 136-246. The centre's performance spaces are open during stipulated times during performances and other scheduled events. Entry to the various performance venues is from Melbourne St for the Concert Hall and Lyric Theatre, from the South Bank Parklands end at the corners of the building for the Playhouse; and from the river side of the building for the Cremorne Theatre.

The Queensland Performing Arts Centre is a multi-purpose complex comprising a concert hall, theatre auditoriums, studios, rehearsal spaces and other theatre-related venues.

Preliminary work on the current building began in 1976 with the Queensland Performing Arts Centre officially opened in April 1985. In 1998, completion of the 850-seat Playhouse theatre saw the original plans fully realised.

The performance complex is the performance home of Queensland Theatre Company, The Queensland Orchestra, Queensland Ballet and Opera Queensland.

Among the world's major musicals to have been performed at the Queensland Performing Arts Centre were Cats, A Chorus Line, The Phantom of the Opera, Chicago, Mamma Mia!, The Boy from Oz, Dirty Dancing, We Will Rock You and Les Miserables.

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State Library of Queensland

State Library, South Bank, Brisbane, Queensland
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29 Stanley St, South Brisbane, Queensland 4101, Australia. Telephone 617-3840-7666. Open 10am-8pm Monday to Thursday, 10am-5pm Friday to Sunday. Closed Good Friday, Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day.

The Queensland State Library, formerly located on William St since 1896, moved to its South Bank site in 1988. After building redevelopment, the new State Library of Queensland opened to the public in 2006 as a new cultural and ​knowledge destination. It is located in the heart of the extended Queensland Cultural Centre at South Bank.

The State Library is the primary custodian of Queensland's documentary heritage. The library's Heritage Collections are open daily from 10 am to 5 pm.

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