Entry Cost

Entry to the Museum of Tropical Queensland is HALF PRICE for residents of the Burdekin Shire – proof of residency must be produced on entry.

Burdekin locals receive free entry on the second Tuesday of each month, excluding public holidays and school holidays. The regular Discover More Talks are held on the second Tuesday of most months, so Burdekin locals who’d like to come to the talks can get in for free.

All local visitors aged 16+ must present identification as proof of their residential address to be eligible for free entry. One show of identification per group is not sufficient.

Opening Hours

The Museum is open from 9.30am-5.00pm, seven days a week. The Museum is not open on:

  • Good Friday
  • Christmas Day
  • Boxing Day
  • The morning of ANZAC Day (25 April) – Opens at 1pm

The Museum recommends 2-3 hours to enjoy and explore the six public galleries. Covered shoes must be worn to participate in the cannon firing activity.

The main entrance to the Museum is on Flinders Street.

Free Entry for Locals Day

Tuesday 8 May

Cost: On Tuesday 8 May Burdekin residents receive free entry thanks to the support of the Burdekin Shire Council. See more here:

It’s a FREE DAY FOR LOCALS at the Museum of Tropical Queensland. On Tuesday 8 May the Museum is offering FREE ENTRY for Townsville and Burdekin locals as one of the monthly free days.

The Museum’s taxidermy team will work on specimens in the preparation room beside the Great Gallery between 10am and 1pm. The taxidermists love to come out and talk to visitors about their work and answer any bird identification questions.

At 12pm Max Gleeson, maritime historian and underwater filmmaker will discuss the stories of famous shipwrecks Yongala and the Truk Lagoon as part of the Museum’s Discover More talk series.

Entry is free to the Museum on Tuesday 8 May for Townsville, Burdekin, Charters Towers and Hinchinbrook residents as part of ‘Free for Locals Day’. Proof of residency required. Entry is also free for Annual Pass holders.

Free for Locals Day-Great Gallery

Free for Locals Day-Great Gallery

A Ticket to Paradise?

Now on until Sunday 13 May

Cost: Free with admission. Burdekin residents receive half price entry thanks to the support of the Burdekin Shire Council. See more here:

A Greek girl, sent across the world to marry a man she’d never met; an African journalist fleeing for his life; and a stateless baby born in India to Iranian parents, are just some of the human stories that feature in A Ticket to Paradise?. This touring exhibition, from the National Archives of Australia, examines the rich diversity of Australian immigrants and the government’s ambitious plans after World War II to encourage mass migration.

The exhibition reveals the human aspect of migration, with recordings of new and archival personal stories. These stories give an insight into the rich, complex and very different experiences of the migrants and refugees who have settled here. The exhibition also examines promotional campaigns which presented a utopian view of Australia as a welcoming country full of opportunity.

A Ticket to Paradise

A Ticket to Paradise

Evolution: Torres Strait Masks

Now on until Sunday 2 September

Cost: Free with admission. Burdekin residents receive half price entry thanks to the support of the Burdekin Shire Council. See more here:

The Evolution: Torres Strait Masks exhibition takes visitors on a journey from time immemorial when masks were used in ceremonial rituals involving art, theatre and dance and shows how these historic artefacts have inspired new works that are constantly developing and changing. Developed by the Gab Titui Cultural Centre on Waiben (Thursday Island) this exhibition celebrates the rich and continuing tradition of mask making in Zenadh Kes (Torres Strait) and explores the longstanding importance of ceremonial masks in Torres Strait culture, and how they influence contemporary art forms.

The 12 striking masks are created by contemporary Torres Strait artists – Andrew Passi, Eddie Nona, Vincent Babia, Kapua Gutchen Senior, Yessie Mosby, Alick Tipoti, Milton Savage and Seriat Young.

Evolution Torres Strait Masks

Evolution Torres Strait Masks

Image credit: Andrew Passi ‘Sor Kobir’

Further Information

The Museum of Tropical Queensland is open daily from 9.30-5pm.

For more information and the full program of exhibitions and events, visit the Museum of Tropical Queensland website:

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