Whether you’re a local touring or are proudly showing off the river city to visitors, a trip to the heart of our CBD exploring Brisbane City Hall and the Museum of Brisbane is a wonderful way to spend the day.
So, fuel up with coffee and breakfast at one of our city's bustling cafes and get ready to explore this crown jewel in our city's history.
Dip your toes into the secrets of the heritage-listed Brisbane City Hall with a free guided tour. Tours depart from the King George Square foyer on the ground floor daily at 10:30am, 11:30am and 1:30pm and can be booked in advance. Marvel in her magnificent neo-classical facade and soaring ceilings as you’re given a behind-the-scenes glimpse of this working civic building.
After your tour, stop for morning tea (or treat yourself to a high tea) at the Shingle Inn, one of Brisbane’s oldest cafes. Refreshments served and enjoyed, there’s still plenty to explore.
Take the lift to level three to the Museum of Brisbane. This contemporary museum gives you a snapshot of Brisbane’s living history and tells the stories of our ever-changing city. Give yourself plenty of time to idly wander the current exhibitions, level up your learning at an ‘In Conversation’ event, or if you’re on a tight schedule, book in for a free Museum Highlights Tour (11-11:30am Monday to Sunday).
If you're after a unique gift or a souvenir, the MoB Shop has you covered. Pick up locally made jewellery, ceramics, homewares, stationery, books and more. The shop is open from 10am-5pm, Tuesday to Sunday.
If you’ve timed your City Hall date right (and have booked in advance for this popular event), you can witness the acoustics of the iconic Main Auditorium in full flight, at one of the Lord Mayor’s City Hall Concert events.
For a 360-degree view of Brisbane you’ll want to book a Clock Tower Tour (leaving every 15 minutes from 10:15am-4:45pm daily). The tower gave City Hall the title of ‘Brisbane’s tallest building’ for 30 years before it was suprassed by the Westpac building, built in 1970. Your free tour includes a ride in one of Brisbane’s oldest working cage lifts and a look at one of Australia’s largest analogue clock faces. It’s a tick-tock you’ll want to TikTok!
South East Queensland residents who are seniors or pensioners over 50 can enjoy a range of inspiring and fun activities at City Hall’s 50 Plus Centre? The centre has more than 400 members participating in a range of activities including bridge, embroidery, ballroom dancing to line dancing or yoga. This vibrant community keeps the basement of City Hall alive.
As part of its restoration in 2013, several upgrades were made to increase accessibility throughout the building, including wheelchair seating and lifts, ramps, Braille signage and an audio loop.
Located on the ground floor, the Mobility Centre provides free loans of mobility devices for use in Brisbane's Central Business District and the South Bank cultural precinct. Wheelchairs, wheeled walkers and single prams can be borrowed. The centre is open from 8am-5pm from Monday to Friday, and 9am-5pm on Saturday and Sunday.
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