The Commissariat Store Museum

The Commissariat Store is a niche museum that specialises in showcasing Queensland’s history. The museum is an initiative of The Royal Historical Society of Queensland and staffed by volunteers from the Society.

The most significant exhibit is the building itself. The Commissariat Store is Queensland’s oldest habitable, and most significant heritage building. The lower two floors of this magnificent building were convict-built during 1828 and 1829. The third floor, now the main entrance from William Street was added in 1913.

Upon entering the museum you’ll be greeted by our friendly guides. The top floor contains the first of our rotating exhibitions that feature various aspects of Queensland’s varied and colorful history. The exhibition cabinets continue on the middle floor and feature rotating exhibitions and more permanent exhibitions that explore the colonial period in Queensland’s history. On this floor you’ll find the infamous ‘Convict Finger’.

The ground floor features several handcrafted, detailed models of buildings from the early colony of Queensland. These models are arranged in a street layout. On this floor you’ll also find the latest addition to the Museum, the Moreton Bay Panorama and Tom Petrie interactive displays. You may notice the numbered panels on the ground floor. These panels are numbered from a previous archaeological dig and some of the items from this dig are on display on the middle floor.

Staff permitting, all visitors to the museum are offered a complimentary guided tour. Our guides are knowledgeable in the features of the building, colonial history and the exhibitions on display and are happy to answer your questions!

The Commissariat Store Museum welcomes the opportunity to conduct group tours of the museum. We are able to cater for educational groups of all year levels, community groups and adult social groups. Continue scrolling down for more detail on group tours and educational resources.

Accessibility by coaches during construction

Coaches can access Queens Wharf Rd via North Quay. They will need to pull up out the back of the Commissariat Store allow people to disembark, then move on as soon as possible. Leave towards Margaret St, continue on Queens Wharf Rd. From North Quay/William St, they will need to be in the middle lane and drive straight ahead to Queens Wharf Rd.

  • Monday Closed
  • Tuesday 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
  • Wednesday 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
  • Thursday 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
  • Friday 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
  • Saturday Closed
  • Sunday Closed

Admission

  • Adults – $7
  • Concession / Tertiary Students-$5
  • School Pupils – $4
  • Family (2+2) – $14
  • Tour Groups (15+) – $6

Audio Tour

Before visiting be sure to download our audio tour via the izi.TRAVEL app onto your compatible iOS, Android or Windows Phone device.