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"#1 ? Visit the Building" City Hall and Brisbane Museum Tip by tiabunna

City Hall and Brisbane Museum, Brisbane: 32 reviews and 88 photos

  Brisbane City Hall in 1964
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  • Brisbane City Hall in 1964 - Brisbane
      Brisbane City Hall in 1964
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  • Brisbane City Hall now - Brisbane
      Brisbane City Hall now
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  • City Hall Auditorium (panorama, expands) - Brisbane
      City Hall Auditorium (panorama, expands)
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The numerous small councils in the Brisbane area amalgamated in 1925, to form the Brisbane City Council. That led to the construction of the Brisbane City Hall, which opened in 1930. It faces King George Square, currently a building site, but which formerly had a few statues (most significantly, one of a British king of that name) and some landscaping with palm trees. The building is finished in sandstone, has a classical façade and a tower which was the highest point in Brisbane for many years. I’m prepared to stick out my neck and say that I think this remains one of the most stylish buildings in Australia.

The main feature of the interior is the large circular auditorium with its pipe organ (though I suspect the Lord Mayor and his Deputy, who have offices there, may disagree). In recent years, the Museum of Brisbane (free) has been developed to the left of the main entrance and, when we visited, was featuring a display on the history of the Miss Australia contests, run from the 1920s until 2000 when they fell victim to political correctness. The Museum, which also has a shop, merits a brief visit though I would count it of only relatively passing interest.

The City Hall is open from 0800 to 1700 on weekdays and 1000 to 1700 on weekends. It is closed on public holidays. If you wish to contact (07) 3403 8888 you can arrange to take a guided tour of the building, at a cost of $5 per adult (discounts for children and seniors).

Main photo: Brisbane City Hall in 1964
Second photo: Brisbane City Hall, now surrounded by buildings
Third photo: City Hall Auditorium (panorama, expands).

Address: King George Square, between Adelaide and Ann Stre
Directions: Pretty hard to miss, one street from Queen Street in the centre of the city.
Phone: (07) 3403 8888

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Jan 20, 2007
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