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“Under-appreciated Brisbane attraction.” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Queensland Maritime Museum

Queensland Maritime Museum
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US$31.04*
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Brisbane Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour
Ranked #34 of 338 things to do in Brisbane
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Cheshire, England
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50 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“Under-appreciated Brisbane attraction.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 April 2014

This fascinating museum is in full view from the river, but is unnecessarily difficult to access, and therefore not nearly so well visited as it deserves. There is an interesting collection of real ships and smaller vessels, including the wonderful "HMAS Diamantino" a classic WWll River Class frigate in highly authentic condition. The adjoining galleries are full of interesting exhibits and paintings and the volunteer staff are knowledgeable and friendly. We were fortunate enough to be guided around by RAN stoker Leo Bull, retired, whose original uniform is on display in a glass case!
One of the main reasons why this museum is hard to get to is the lack of clear signage. The "City Hopper" free ferry boat calls frequently at the landing pier on which is prominently displayed the name "Maritime Museum", but the museum moved the entrance years ago and there is no visitor access from that pier! Neither is there any notice to inform the unfortunate visitor that he or she has landed at the wrong place; they have to find that out for themselves!
Upstream one stop is "South Bank 3" pier in the beautiful South Bank gardens, from which access to the museum is easy, once you know how. But again there are few, if any, signs and the visitor is left to discover this hidden-in-plain-view attraction by trial and error. Time the City Council invested in some clear directions; and possibly changed the name of that pier!

Visited April 2014
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“Brilliant exhibits”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 January 2014

Imagine working as a coal stoker on a steam ship, or on a Navy destroyer, or crossing the Pacific in a mini 4.2 metre yacht! These exhibits really get you into other people's shoes.

Visited July 2013
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Brisbane, Australia
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“Great attraction and museum!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 January 2014

I went here on a Sunday. Unfortunately the heat was pretty bad so only stayed about an hour. There are really a few parts to the museum. The main attraction is the warship that also has a dry dock. It reminded me of the SS Brunnel in Bristol, UK. It would be great for children as well as anyone with an interest in boats or naval details. The second part is the museum which was quite interesting. Set aside an hour for the boat and half hour for the museum. From memory the cost was about $15 entry.

Visited December 2013
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Brisbane
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
“Good for the kids”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 January 2014

Well worth a visit if you have school aged children. An experience that they will remember with all sorts of opportunities to examine life on the water.

Visited February 2013
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Atlanta, Georgia
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“Good visit”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 November 2013

I guess if you are into boats this is more exciting. To me, it was OK. People there were extra nice. The guided tour was informative.

Visited November 2013
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