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We lend material to community, regional, state, national and international institutions and organisations for the purposes of display, interpretation and research. See our FAQs below for details of how to borrow from Queensland Museum’s vast collections.
Collection care is an ongoing priority for Queensland Museum Network, as is ensuring access to the invaluable cultural objects and geological specimens for First Nations, critical scientific study and public display.
From February 2022 until early 2025, there will be temporary access changes to part of the Queensland Museum collection in order to design and construct high-tech clean rooms, and facilitate major infrastructure improvements across our collection storage facilities at Hendra which will impact access to our collections and objects for research and loan purposes.
Loans of objects and specimens for research or exhibitions, from the main collection area at the QM Collections & Research Centre (CRC), Hendra, will be halted during this period and we are unable to host visitors and researchers in the main collection area during this time (i.e. service requests from the community to access collections).
As you may know, our collection items are used by researchers globally to address questions concerning biodiversity, conservation, geosciences, as well societal and cultural change. To maintain and extend this position it is vital to be at the forefront of international standards around how we care for and preserve these items for future generations. As such, we appreciate your understanding and patience during this necessary closure.
Our collections at Queensland Museum South Bank, the Museum of Tropical Queensland in Townsville, Cobb+Co Museum at Toowoomba, and The Workshops Rail Museum at Ipswich will be operating with business as usual throughout this period, and our Education Loans program will continue to operate across the state.
The Borrower is responsible for all costs associated with the loan, which may include:
Loans are subject to approval based on curatorial, conservation and collection management advice.
Loan requests may be declined if: