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At Queensland Museum Network we have been building our collections of the natural and cultural heritage of Queensland, its waters and near neighbours, since our beginnings as the Queensland Philosophical Society in 1862.
Our collection continues to grow through new acquisitions of objects and specimens that are relevant to Queensland. These elements of Queensland ’s heritage form the basis for our research projects, exhibitions and education programs. We use them to better understand key global issues – from climate change to nature conservation, and from cultural understanding to community histories.
The collection is stored and displayed in multiple venues across Queensland:
Over 10,000 items of our cultural collection and over 1 million specimens are now accessible online for free.
We lend material to community, regional, state, national and international institutions and organisations for the purposes of display, interpretation and research.
Donating objects and specimens to the Queensland Museum Network collection is one way you can help us to continue telling rich and fascinating stories of Queensland’s cultural and natural heritage.
Our Conservation team manages the day-to-day care and preservation of the Queensland State Collection, objects on exhibition, and items on loan to the museum.
Since 1862, we’ve been dedicated to collecting and researching Queensland's unique natural and cultural heritage.
The Collections and Research Centre, Hendra is Queensland Museum Network’s flagship campus for collection storage and research.
Our Research Library based at Queensland Museum, South Bank holds unique collections including rare books and journals. We welcome external researchers by appointment.