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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  • We explored this place to escape the heavy rain on Thursday and were pleasantly surprised by how much we enjoyed it! It's exhibitions are very interactive - great for the kids (and big kids!). We part...  more »
  • What a little gem to visit. It’s very interactive so brilliant for the kids! There is a ‘Horrible Histories’ exhibit at the moment all about pirates. We could have spent the whole day just in the pira...  more »
  • Townsville has done a wonderful job with this museum. Great place to take the family and a relaxing educational day for all ages  more »
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  • Fairly small museum. $15 per adult and then I found out it used to be only $8. The Pandora exhibit is nice, pretty detailed. Decent amount of space allocated towards the sea, rainforest and insects, bugs, spiders but a very small area for dinosaurs (which I was most excited about). Spent about an hour here. Wouldn't be missing much if you passed this place.
  • When the dinosaur exhibit was in town it was great! Now it has gone there is not much there...and half of what is on display is broken as my son and I discovered AFTER paying entry:/
  • Very family oriented. The Pandora exhibit was great, and the old diving helmets were fantastic but scary
  • It's always a good place to go , and take the kids on the weekend. They have a pretty good cafe. And have interesting things to see !!
  • A very interesting and informative place to visit. Enjoyed it very much and the Cafe had great coffee.

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