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Queensland marks International Museum Day

Queensland marks International Museum Day
May 18, 2018

Science enthusiasts helped Queensland smash a new attendance record this year, with figures showing more than 200,000 people attended this year’s World Science Festival Brisbane.

To mark International Museum Day today, Queensland Minister for Science and the Arts Leeanne Enoch announced the third year of the festival, held earlier this year, attracted 200,512 people.

Minister Enoch advised “that figure is up from 182,225 in 2017, a jump of 10%.

“This year’s festival delivered more than 100 events across six locations - Gladstone, Chinchilla, Toowoomba, Ipswich, Brisbane and Townsville - and involved hundreds of festival participants from across the globe.

“Brisbane’s Cultural Precinct attracted an incredible 92,000 visitors across two days of free, interactive, hands-on fun at festival favourite, Street Science, which grew by 53% on the previous year.

“Regional Queenslanders embraced the festival with 11,155 attendees to the events, which was a 75% increase compared to 2017.”

Minister Enoch said International Museum Day was a great chance for Queenslanders to explore their local institutions, with free entry and activities on offer at all campuses of the Queensland Museum Network, and at the Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA).

She added “there will be free entry to the Perception Deception exhibition at Queensland Museum at South Bank, star gazing at The Workshops Rail Museum, and behind-the-scenes tours and a paleontology talk at the Museum of Tropical Queensland in Townsville.

“At QAGOMA, Assistant Curator of International Art Abigail Bernal will take visitors on a reflective journey, looking at a single artwork in QAGOMA’s collection, Simryn Gill’s Forking Tongues.”

Minister Enoch said it had been a great year for Queensland arts institutions, with QAGOMA setting a new visitor number record of 2.17 million, exceeding its previous calendar-year record of 1.8 million in 2010.

In Townsville, the Museum of Tropical Queensland hit a record for daily visitation with 1,757 people coming along to the community day, while in Chinchilla, almost half the population of the town attended the festivities.

Queensland Minister for Tourism Industry Development Kate Jones said this year’s World Science Festival Brisbane had proved to be a huge success, attracting thousands of visitors from all over the globe to discover the wonders of science.

Minister Jones advised “hosting the World Science Festival Brisbane is another big win for Queensland, injecting millions of dollars into our economy, and confirms our position as a leading events and tourism destination.

“This Festival has cemented its place as a major event on the 2018 It’s Live in Queensland events calendar.”

Queensland Museum Director and acting Chief Executive Dr Jim Thompson said the festival was continuing to get bigger, better and brighter.

He concluded “the purpose built Hatchery continues to be one of the most popular festival events, with 7572 people flocking to see loggerhead turtles emerge from their eggs in a display of live science.

“We also delivered our largest regional festival program in 2018 - across the five regions of Gladstone, Chinchilla, Toowoomba, Ipswich and Townsville.”

For more information on Queensland Museum Network activities go to www.qm.qld.gov.au 

Images courtesy of the World Science Festival. 

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