The popular Discovery Centre, Queensland Museum has reopened packed with cultural artefacts, taxidermied animals and fossils.
You can handle skulls, fossils, turtle shells and items from the First World War. Watch the live animals – green python snakes, spiders, stick insects and giant cockroaches.
There are digital displays and more than 1,300 objects on display. This includes 427 insect species, animals, objects and fossils.
Fun fact: One of the smallest objects in the Discovery Centre collection is a parasitic wasp Scelio orientalis which is no bigger than the tip of a lead pencil. While some of the largest objects are the turtle shells which measure up to 220cm in circumference and the taipan on display is 230cm in length.
The oldest object made by people is a bag of shell which was excavated from an Aboriginal shell midden on the Curtis Coast in Queensland. They could be up to 4000 years old.
The staff are happy to answer any question you might have on topics from archaeology to palaeontology, our unique biodiversity and cultural history, and popular questions about insects, reptiles, arachnids, earth sciences and mammals.
You can even bring in your collections to be identified by the experts.
Don’t forget to pull out some of the drawers to uncover another 600 objects.
Entry is free.
Visit qm.qld.gov.au to find out more information or ask an expert online or in person at the Discovery Centre.
About the Discovery Centre
The Discovery Centre is a space that promotes a lifelong passion for ‘finding out’, stimulates curiosity, awakens observation and encourages enquiry. The Discovery Centre’s prime role is to
stimulate and support lifelong learning, facilitate access to, and knowledge of, Queensland Museum’s collection and research and enhance the visitor experience.
Discovery Centre is located on Level 4, Queensland Museum.
Cnr Grey and Melbourne Streets
South Brisbane, Brisbane