Entry Cost

Free Entry for Locals Day

Tuesday 9 October 2018

Cost: Free entry. See more here: http://www.mtq.qm.qld.gov.au/Visit+Us/Opening+Hours+and+Prices#.WsMVUbd–Uk

It’s a FREE DAY FOR LOCALS at the Museum of Tropical Queensland. On Tuesday 9 October the Museum is offering FREE ENTRY for Townsville and Burdekin locals as one of the monthly free days.

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.

Dino Descendants School Holiday Program

It’s time for children of all ages to have fun learning about the real relatives of dinosaurs with the Dino Descendants school holiday program. Now on until Sunday 7 October, the Museum of Tropical Queensland invites kids to explore and create in the Palaeo Playspace with a gigantic skeleton dig pit, interactive fossil touch tables and dinosaur craft. There is also an all new Dinosaur Trail through the Museum – follow the clues to find all the mini dinosaurs to win an exclusive back-of-house experience.

Visitors can also meet and interact with the living descendants of dinosaurs, feathered raptors whose claws and bite are just as impressive as their ancestors, in live birds of prey shows on until Thursday 27 September. From 2-4 October, everyone’s favourite singing palaeontologist Professor Flint takes visitors on a journey of discovery through the age of dinosaurs, exploring and challenging all that they thought they knew about these extraordinary creatures in the Legends of the Dinosaur Show.

For show times and dates please visit the web site. All activities and shows are free with admission. Admission is free for Annual Pass holders.

Prof Flint - Dino Descendants

Prof Flint – Dino Descendants

Palaeo Playspace

Have a rooaarrsome time in this new interactive area

To compliment the new exhibition Dinosaur rEvolution: Secrets of Survival the Palaeo Playspace is designed to provide our youngest visitors with an interactive ‘junior palaeontologist’ experience.

Things to see and do:

  • Dress up as a palaeontologist, grab a helmet, bucket, spade and brush to begin your dig for dino bones.
  • Get hands on in the Dig Pit using special tools to dig for dinosaur skeletons
  • Get up close and hands on at the Touch Table with dinosaur fossils, casts and bones.
  • Design your own dinosaur mask. Was your dinosaur a meat eater with sharp teeth? Did it have horns? You decide to create your own unique, prehistoric disguise.

The Palaeo Playspace is open daily from 9.30am – 4pm and is located adjacent to the Dinosaur rEvolution: Secrets of Survival exhibition. Entry is included with Museum admission.

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Beau’s Buddies

Every Tuesday and Thursday during school terms at 9.45am

Cost: Included with admission

Now with two sessions a week, Beau’s Buddies activity mornings ensure that even the smallest Museum visitors have fun and learn something new at the Museum of Tropical Queensland.

Designed for children under six years of age, Beau’s Buddies is a program that encourages fun, discovery and creativity based around a museum object. Starting at 9.45am each Tuesday and Thursday during school terms, this led-activity starts with a new object being revealed and discussed. Children learn about object, hear a related story and join in craft activities.

Beau’s Buddies is free with admission and there’s no need to book.

Museum of Tropical Qld Beaus Buddies

Museum of Tropical Qld Beaus Buddies

Dinosaur rEvolution: Secrets of Survival

2 June – 21 October 2018

Cost: Free with admission. Burdekin residents receive half price entry thanks to the support of the Burdekin Shire Council. See more here: http://www.mtq.qm.qld.gov.au/Visit+Us/Opening+Hours+and+Prices#.WsMVUbd–Uk

The latest discoveries from recent fossil finds are revealed in a new dinosaur exhibition, Dinosaur rEvolution: Secrets of Survival commencing on Saturday 2 June at the Museum of Tropical Queensland.

Not long ago, what was known about dinosaurs was based almost totally on assumptions made from studying their internal body structures.  The rest, including colours and skin coverings, was left to the imagination. Now thanks to incredible research and technology, that this time emphasises also skin and ornaments, we are now able to get a glimpse of the true, bizarre and complex nature of the evolution of the Dinosauria.

Dinosaur rEvolution: Secrets of Survival explores the predatory prehistoric world of dinosaurs with animatronics, 3D models and fossil casts that visitors can touch. The exhibits are also backed with close-to-life-sized murals of all the protagonist species, fully fleshed, feathered and restored in living and breathing colours.

A travelling exhibition by Luis V. Rey & Gondwana Studios.
Find out more at www.mtq.qm.qld.gov.au #MTQdinorevo

Dinosaur rEvolution

Dinosaur rEvolution


Further Information

Museum of Tropical Queensland

70 -102 Flinders Street, Townsville
Queensland 4810
(07) 4726 0600

Open 9:30am to 5pm daily
Closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day, Good Friday, Anzac Day

General Admission

Adult $15
Child (3-15; must be accompanied by an adult 18+) $8.80
Under 3 FREE
Concession (pensioner and full time student) $11
Family (2 adults and up to 3 children) $38

Local Admission*

Adult $7.50
Child (3-15; must be accompanied by an adult 18+) $4.40
Under 3 FREE
Concession (pensioner and full time student) $5.50
Family (2 adults and up to 3 children) $19

*Local admission prices apply to residents of the Townsville and Burdekin local government areas with proof of address.
Free admission applies to residents of the Charters Towers and Hinchinbrook local government areas with proof of address.

Discounts for pre-booked general admission groups over 10 people.

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

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