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Queensland stories

Find out about the rich and diverse stories of Queensland’s people, landscape and identity.


Queensland people have a strong state identity. Shaped by, and often at the mercy of, our environment we have a lifestyle that embraces living outdoors and we market ourselves as a poster child for the “Australian Way of Life”.

Queensland is home to two distinct First Nations cultures, connected to their 60 000-year past and home to the oldest practiced culture in the world. From Zenadth Kes (Torres Strait) in the north, to Birdsville on Wangkangurru-Yarluyandi country in the west, and east to Point Lookout on Minjerribah (North Stradbroke Island), our state boasts a landscape as diverse as our people.

Our lives have been transformed through time by the environment, by politics and social movements, by innovation and industry, and by communities that are ever changing. Queensland Museum documents the forces, both internal and external, that have influenced how we represent our state, how we are viewed by others, and the way we live today.

Explore with us the rich and diverse stories of Queensland’s people, our contemporary life and identity, and places across our state.


Object stories


Did you know you don't have to come to the museum to see our collection?

Over 5,000 items of our Cultures & Histories collection are now accessible online for free. All you need is your device and a little bit of inspiration to explore Queensland’s cultural and natural heritage.

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