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Queensland Museum holds more than 15 million items in trust for Queensland. Biodiversity material provides a record of Queensland life on earth, extant and extinct, large and small. Our biodiversity collections are an authoritative source of information on the characteristics, genetics, ecological functions, distributions, evolution and variability of Queensland’s natural heritage. Cultural and historical material includes manufactured objects of cultural, social, historic or archaeological interest to Queensland. Our cultural and historical collections are evidence of lived experience and reflect who we are as a society.
It is only through ongoing, critical research into the collections that we can make meaning, and in doing so everyday objects and specimens become tangible markers of Queensland’s ever-evolving story. Together, our collections and research, accumulated and augmented over the past 160 years, promote inquiry and contribute to the knowledge economy through real-world applications.
Explore thousands of specimens and artefacts held within the Queensland Museum Collection online and find out about our long-term research projects including Project DIG.
Discover our flagship campus for collection storage and research, Collections and Research Centre, Hendra, as well as our Image Library, Research Portal and Research Library. Meet the collections & research staff and uncover our research through our scientific journal, Memoirs of the Queensland Museum.
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Find out about our cultural and natural collections and explore thousands of specimens and artefacts online.
Find out more about some of our long-term Collections & Research projects.
The Collections and Research Centre, Hendra is Queensland Museum Network’s flagship campus for collection storage and research.
View our Image Library, a collection of images documenting Queensland’s natural and cultural heritage.
Our Research Portal enables virtual sharing of collection objects which cannot usually be accessed.
Our Research Library based at Queensland Museum, South Bank holds unique collections including rare books and journals. We welcome external researchers by appointment.
Meet the Collection & Research team from Queensland Museum Network.
Discover our research through our Memoirs of the Queensland Museum peer-reviewed journal.