The Cultural Sights of Brisbane

Brisbane is one of the fastest growing cities in Australia. While the city is known for its laid-back lifestyle and balmy climate, it also offers a rich cultural scene. If you are visiting Brisbane, these are some of the cultural places and sights to check off list during your visit.

Queensland Cultural Centre

The Queensland Cultural Centre is located in South Bank, and it is generally considered to be the arts and cultural hub of the city. Accessing the Centre is relatively easy. If you are staying in one of the hotels or serviced apartments in Brisbane CBD, you can reach the centre with a short walk on the bridge. If you are staying further out, you might want to opt for bus, taxi, or train. The Cultural Centre offers performance arts, art galleries, museums, and a library.

  • Queensland Museum. This is the state museum of Queensland, and it regularly features major exhibitions.
  • Queensland Art Gallery. This gallery is situated right next to Brisbane River in the Cultural Centre. It is considered one of the major galleries in all of Australia.
  • Queensland Gallery of Modern Art. This gallery is home contemporary art works from Australia, Asia, and the Pacific region.
  • State Library of Queensland. This is the number one public library in the state of Queensland, with excellent facilities for students and researchers.
  • Queensland Performing Arts Centre. The Performing Arts Centre is one of the most popular areas in the whole Centre. There is the 2,000-capacity Lyric Theatre, the Concert Hall, the Playhouse, and the Cremorne Theatre. These spaces host major musicals, ballets, operas, concerts, ceremonies, and theatre shows.

Museum of Brisbane

The Museum of Brisbane is the city’s official museum. It is located in the City Hall and showcases social and historical ideas and stories about Brisbane. The Museum has received 1,500,000 visitors since its opening in 2003.

It features visual arts, crafts, design, and other artworks from local artists and community groups. Entry to the Museum is free, so if you are interested in learning more about the city’s history, make time to catch the exhibitions at the Museum of Brisbane on your trip.

ANZAC Square War Memorial

The ANZAC Square War Memorial was erected in 1930 to commemorate the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps who participated in armed services overseas. It is a public memorial situated between Ann Street and Adelaide Street in the city centre.

The Memorial is an important historical and cultural legacy to visit if you are in Brisbane, as it reflects Australia’s military heritage. It features the Shrine of Remembrance with an Eternal Flame, voice guidance of the Square, and the Shrine of Memories.

The MacArthur Museum

The MacArthur Museum is another important cultural monument to visit if you want to understand Brisbane’s history. The museum is dedicated to the U.S. General Douglas MacArthur, who arrived in Brisbane in 1942. Brisbane was converted into a wartime capital in the years from 1939 to 1945.

While it is hard to imagine today, during that period the population of Brisbane lived in the fear of invasion. The exhibits offer an idea of what the city was like at the time, and an overview of how Brisbane played a role during the war period.