Queensland Maritime Museum
Queensland Maritime Museum
4.5
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Sunday
9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
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  • ER
    Rottnest Island, Australia225 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth a visit
    This modestly sized museum is perfectly located as a destination to be combined with a meal along Southbank. Entirely run by volunteers and dependent on your admission fees and donations, this museum really does deserve more support. It tells the story of local maritime endeavours and the Second World War.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 19 August 2023
  • Shayno D
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Queensland Maritime Museum - Another of Brisbane's Hidden Gems
    Admission staff were so friendly. We arrived an hour before closing after going to the imagination exhibit next door. We were given an unexpected discount due to the outside exhibits being shortly locked up. The admission staff advised us to promptly head out the the HMAS Diamantina, which was so exciting to explore. All exhibits have signage explaining the historical significance of them, in addition to further relevant information regarding their importance. The draw card is certainly the HMAS Diamantina, which is well preserved & almost entirely accessible, outside of the areas restricted in the interests of public safety. I could have & should have spent hours exploring this historical artifact & others, but I instead found myself absolutely engrossed in the time we had exploring every nook & cranny of this incredible engineering feat built right here in Australia. I highly recommend visiting & exploring the museum for yourself.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 23 September 2023
  • Aussie_2012
    Melbourne, Australia896 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Smallish museum but packed with features
    Not the largest of museums I've visited however there is still plenty to see and learn about the history of maritime in the area as well as abroad. Highlights were the many models of famous and not so famous boats and ships, the HMAS Diamantina, Jessica Watson's boat and the large displays on lighthouses. Allow a couple hours at most.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 27 November 2023
  • Allons!
    Gloucester, Virginia268 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Outstanding visit and free entrance for US Military retiree!
    Visited on a hot, very humid November day with friends from Brisbane. Very pleased to get free admission for myself and my mate…he was retired Australian Army…sorry for his lovely wife…no such discount. Compared this smaller maritime museum with the Western Australia Maritime Museum in Fremantle and the Newport News Mariner’s Museum…much smaller, but more intimate look at the history of immigration and the dangers of the sea. Nice WW2 exhibit downstairs of the US involvement in Brisbane. Toured the frigate outside and saw the tiny, pink round the world sailboat. All in all, a fun, knowledgeable visit! Very, very friendly answer knowledgeable docents!
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 27 November 2023
  • Derd1957
    Melbourne, Australia68 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Take the time to see this Museum.
    Love a volunteer run museum. Some great ship models, paintings, photos and artifacts that showcase an interesting history. The showpiece for me was HMAS Diamintina, where you had plenty of access to provide a good portal into life at sea on a 1940s vintage warship. Also, seeing Jessica Watson’s Ella’s Pink Lady was fascinating and amazed me that this small yacht was what she sailed the world on. I thorough enjoyed my visit and commend it to you as worth your visit.
    Visited June 2024
    Travelled solo
    Written 30 June 2024
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Melissa M
4 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020 • Family
Despite having COVID restrictions, this is still a great place to visit and plenty to see. Much of local maritime history to view.

The Diamantina is the pinnacle exhibit but unfortunately COVID rules restricted touring below decks. Still, walking on the deck was still worthwhile.

Make sure to check out behind the ship and look in the old pump house, a real piece of history.

Situated on the Brisbane river, the view is outstanding and the museum is within walking distance to South Bank food and markets.

Volunteers are lovely, helpful and informative .
Written 4 October 2020
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Allan M
Australia12 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022
This is one Museum that is always on my to do list when in Brisbane.
Closed for repairs during the floods when we first arrived and open again before we left Brisbane, which topped our holiday off beautifully.
Staff and Personal Tour guide showed us through the Museum and added information to our tour which we would not have known if we were left to browse on our own.
This museum is in need of support to keep the history alive and if I lived in Brisbane would love to become a volunteer to keep this Museum alive.
Hope that the Forceful will be allowed back to the Museum as this is one of my favourite exhibits, which sadly had to be moved.
Thank you to the Members who care for the Museum, you have a magical piece of Brisbane History and appreciate the care and attention you give it.
Written 19 March 2022
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Lyn C
Melbourne, Australia122 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
June 2022
On a whim on last day , thought we would plod along, it was a Sunday and you can walk along South Bank Markets towards the Museum, which in itself is a lovely walk. Cost $16 an adult, check website for up to date ticketing info. On first entering the museum, I had my doubts, its dusty, fairly unimaginative in displays...but persist. This place is a gem! The war ship Diamartina is in Dry dock here, and you can wander around her at you leisure.....you could, quite easily spend 2-3 hrs in this place. Its interesting, scary, on occasion, and just plain fascinating. Yes , they need funds for restoration and maintenance so donate if you're able. If you have kids 5-12 ish they are going to LOVE this..small spaces, age, you get to see the engine room, officers and mates sleeping arrangements..a veritable rabbit warren. Not for the mobility challenged. But Highly recommend, good walking shoes, water a hat and maybe a snack or sandwiches, some lovely picnic tables overlooking the stunning Brisbane River. Overall, average fitness, overcome your fear of the small space..you will love it ..!
Written 15 June 2022
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Dan L
Bunbury, Australia8,395 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021
Certainly a must do for those interested in maritime history. Great exhibits with many scale models of sailing vessels, the Jessica Watson solo sailing adventure, ships graveyards of coastal QLD, and more. Step outside and see a decommissioned Mk9.21 surface launched torpedo, the Dry Dock dating to 1881, the warship Diamantina and the Light Ship, CLS 2 Carpentaria. Stretching along the riverbank are more items, including a former lighthouse from Bulwer Island and various maritime equipment displays. Back inside the gift shop offers a range of nautically themed souvenirs and gifts.
We were sad to learn that the future of the museum is not guaranteed, that would be an absolute shame as the comprehensive collection merits protection and conservation.
Written 10 November 2021
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freespirit1950
Norwich, UK192 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
We found so many items and displays of interest that time just flew by. The frigate Diamantina is the star, of course, and after five minutes on board it makes you realise how difficult life was for sailors in those days- even without the terror of having to take part in a battle at sea! Heros every one!
It would have been a bonus to have a small cafe area, rather than just vending machines, perhaps in the open space facing the river. Something for the future maybe?
We admire all the hard work the volunteers do and they should be rightly proud of the museum.
Written 18 October 2022
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ER
Rottnest Island, Australia225 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
This modestly sized museum is perfectly located as a destination to be combined with a meal along Southbank.

Entirely run by volunteers and dependent on your admission fees and donations, this museum really does deserve more support. It tells the story of local maritime endeavours and the Second World War.
Written 19 August 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Derd1957
Melbourne, Australia68 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
June 2024 • Solo
Love a volunteer run museum. Some great ship models, paintings, photos and artifacts that showcase an interesting history. The showpiece for me was HMAS Diamintina, where you had plenty of access to provide a good portal into life at sea on a 1940s vintage warship. Also, seeing Jessica Watson’s Ella’s Pink Lady was fascinating and amazed me that this small yacht was what she sailed the world on. I thorough enjoyed my visit and commend it to you as worth your visit.
Written 30 June 2024
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Allons!
Gloucester, VA268 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Friends
Visited on a hot, very humid November day with friends from Brisbane. Very pleased to get free admission for myself and my mate…he was retired Australian Army…sorry for his lovely wife…no such discount. Compared this smaller maritime museum with the Western Australia Maritime Museum in Fremantle and the Newport News Mariner’s Museum…much smaller, but more intimate look at the history of immigration and the dangers of the sea. Nice WW2 exhibit downstairs of the US involvement in Brisbane. Toured the frigate outside and saw the tiny, pink round the world sailboat. All in all, a fun, knowledgeable visit! Very, very friendly answer knowledgeable docents!
Written 27 November 2023
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Aussie_2012
Melbourne, Australia896 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Solo
Not the largest of museums I've visited however there is still plenty to see and learn about the history of maritime in the area as well as abroad. Highlights were the many models of famous and not so famous boats and ships, the HMAS Diamantina, Jessica Watson's boat and the large displays on lighthouses. Allow a couple hours at most.
Written 27 November 2023
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Sam Sails
Sydney, Australia12 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
June 2022
My kids loved this place. Especially the battle ship. The kids spent a lot of time exploring the depths of this old ship. lots of brilliant displays inside and out. Well put together and easy to one way course you follow (similar to ikea) to work your way through the museum. Highly recommended.
Written 16 July 2022
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