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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  • As a i was in in town on business alone i thought i would call in for something to do. BORING! From outside you the impression this place has so much to offer but sadly i was wrong. Upon arrival the l...  more »
  • We really enjoyed this place, for $15 an adult its a bargain. Helen was very informative when taking our money, providing the ticket and directing us in to the exhibition. Thank You and keep up the go...  more »
  • The pirate display that was on was really well done and the kids that were there were loving it. There were excellent displays upstairs as well and I loved the pearl display from WA and the coral disp...  more »
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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Enjoyed it more than the Qld Museum located at Southbank.
  • 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:/
  • The museum never disappoints. It's for the young and old alike. We love it !!!!

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