This Old Museum Stories website aims to collect and share people’s memories of one of Brisbane’s favourite public places—the Old Museum on the corner of Bowen Bridge Road and Gregory Terrace, near the Brisbane Show­grounds at Bowen Hills.

At various times since 1863 this place has been a public garden, an exhibition venue, a grand concert hall, a museum, an art gallery, among other uses. Today it is home to the Queensland Youth Orchestra and other performing arts groups, and the venue for visiting acts. See the history page to dig deeper.

This website is supported by the Australian Garden History Society (Qld) which has a particular interest in seeing that the gardens at the Old Museum Building are enjoyed and conserved.

These are the people behind this project:

  • Margie Barram—chair, Australian Garden History Society (Qld)
  • Catherine Brouwer—landscape architect
  • Peter Marquis-Kyle—conservation architect (and editor of this website)
  • Alannah McFadzean—venue manager, Old Museum Building

The Old Museum Building is listed in the Queensland Heritage Register because of its historical and aesthetic value, as well as the place it has occupied in the hearts of generations of Queenslanders.  If you have had a connection with the place—however quirky—please go ahead and tell your story!