Museum of Tropical Queensland, Townsville

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See one of the world’s most extensive and significant collections of coral at Museum of Tropical Queensland. This museum of natural history and archaeology also keeps artifacts recovered from the wreck of HMS Pandora, which sank off the coast of north Queensland in 1791 after capturing some of the participants in the infamous mutiny on the Bounty. Other notable exhibits include animatronic versions of the world's most famous dinosaurs, such as Tyrannosaurus rex and Queensland’s own Muttaburrasaurus, as well as a typical north Queensland rain forest environment. Bring the whole family to the interactive exhibition of a Great Barrier Reef shipwreck, which is custom-built for families with small children. Use our Townsville road trip planner to add Museum of Tropical Queensland and other attractions to your Townsville vacation plans.
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  • I stayed in YHA, and I went to tropical museum in raining day. When I finished and backed to YHA, I saw a small notice about if someone go to this museum in wet weather, ticket price is half. However,...  more »
  • We explored this area during our stay in Townsville It was interesting to hear that some projects are on going with under sea projects around the barrier reef. A school activity is well catured for,wi...  more »
  • If you are a local the ticket is half otherwise $15 for adults. Lots to read, see and do and a great way to pass a couple of hours in the heavy rain. They have a cafe which we did not use but would be...  more »
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  • Very informative, interactive displays. Loved the one about back yards and (animal) visitors. A great way to spend a couple of hours. Very friendly, knowledgeable staff.
  • Always a great place to take the kids. Went here when they had the Pirates exhibition from Horrible Histories. Took the kids a couple times for that, was absolutely amazing for them. The Endeavour and Pandora artifacts and stories are something I didn't appreciate at a young age but find far more fascinating now.
  • Diverse and interesting collection of exhibits. Watch out for interesting temporary exhibitions. Liked Pandora exhibition. This museum also located near Reef HQ Aquarium.
  • Great place for kids to run around and play plus learn a couple of things. They're redoing the cafe at the moment so I'm sure that'll be nice when it reopens.
  • This had a fascinating exhibition of the history of indigenous pearl harvesting dating back to pre colonialism. It included trade with the Japanese and other surrounding nations. A real eye opener and truth teller about self sufficiency, art and culture. You"LL need at least one afternoon to read and explore everything. Well worth the visit.

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