Come and visit the Abbey Museum to experience the wonders of ancient history and archaeology from around the world. With over 500,000 years of history that tells the human story, the Abbey Museum has one of the best collections of international fine arts and antiquities in Australia.
During a visit to the Abbey Museum you will see beautiful medieval, Renaissance and Pre-Raphaelite stained glass (including panels originally from Winchester Cathedral), classical antiquities from ancient Egypt, Mesopotamia and Persia; a series of medieval illuminated manuscripts from Europe and a stunning rock crystal vase for China.
For adult groups we offer a variety of guided tours, programs and experiences including a specialty medieval talk 'I love the Knight Life' that follows a tour of the medieval stained glass in the Abbey Church and a visit to the Museum. For the more adventurous we also present a heritage trail through the Glasshouse Mountains exploring some of Queensland’s amazing heritage that is on our doorstep.
The Museum also provides a long established and popular Education Program for Primary and Secondary Students learning about ancient, medieval and indigenous Australian history and archaeology. Our ‘recreated’ dig sites give students an engaging, interactive learning experience that is unique in Australia.
During School Holidays the Museum offers great activities for families. These are loads of fun and each term we focus on a different ancient culture – Egypt, Roma, Viking, Medieval and Oriental. Parents and kids alike can learn through hands on experience, craft activities, battlefield training and archery.
Visit in July to experience our annual Medieval Festival. Join with re-enactors, musicians and street performers from across Australia in a dynamic display of colour and pageantry and experience the drama and excitement of medieval Europe, proudly the most authentic medieval festival in the southern hemisphere and just 45 minutes from the Brisbane CBD. The Abbey Museum should be a must on any history fanatic’s bucket list.