Abbey Museum

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Abbey Museum at 1-63 The Abbey Place (off Toorbul Point Road), Caboolture.  Telephone:  07 5495 1652

The Abbey Museum near the Sunshine Coast and Brisbane educates the young and old as they journey through the centuries from prehistoric hunters, the age of bronze and gold, Rome’s iron legions, fierce Saxon and Viking invaders, plague-ridden towns, knights and manors, the clash between church and state, Europe’s golden age of Renaissance, the Industrial Revolution and distant empires. And that is just Western history. See why scholars and students chase history at the Abbey.

A world of treasures in a veritable national treasure – the Abbey Church and Museum

Do you prefer to browse collections at your leisure, or roll up your sleeves and explore ancient worlds for yourself? The Abbey Museum near Brisbane caters to the curious, the contemplative and the ‘can’t sit still’! Perfect for travellers, local historians and school groups looking for a more involving way to explore history. Some of our premium experiences are:

  • See the Queensland sunshine dapple through our beautiful 13th Century stained glass in the nearby Abbey Church. Our medieval glass collection is world renowned
  • Get active on our Environmental Heritage Trails through the beautiful Pumicestone Passage and dramatic Glass House Mountains, rich in Aboriginal legend and historical heritage
  • Senior school history students can excavate an Egyptian tomb or Roman dig site while learning how to set up a grid, excavate, record and assess the artefacts found
  • Find unique treasures at the Abbey Museum Brisbane Shop. Our historical jewellery Collection offers hand-crafted designs created by the Museum or based on originals in other institutions. We also offer illuminated calligraphy, coasters, T-shirts, spoons, games and replicas for children, ceramics, greeting cards and postcards

If you want things to do near Brisbane our school holiday program, regular immersive historical banquets and award winning Abbey Museum Medieval Festival provide your Brisbane, or Sunshine Coast family with a truly unique educational experience.

The Abbey Museum’s vision is to change people’s lives for the better, through stories created from our collection.

The Abbey Museum aspires to be a leading museum by:

  • Preserving its collections in accordance with best practice principles
  • Promoting an impartial view of world history
  • Providing quality cultural and educational experiences

We do this through:

  • Preserving, displaying, interpreting and acquiring objects that tell the human story from prehistory to the 19th century
  • Conducting a broad range of quality public programs that engage visitors of all ages
  • Maintaining a vibrant volunteer program providing ongoing training and up-skilling, rewarding opportunities and recognition for participation
  • Financing the Museum’s ongoing development and sustainability
  • Sustaining our status as an accredited, award-winning museum with recognised charity status

 We believe in:

  • Responsible custodianship of the Abbey Museum collections entrusted to our care
  • Scientific and professional objectivity in our work
  • Promotion of ethical cultural values and the recognition of multiple world views
  • Respect for cultural diversity and in particular, acknowledgement of the Aboriginal peoples of Australia and Indigenous peoples worldwide
  • Legally and ethically obtained acquisitions
  • Excellence in all we do

The Abbey Medieval Festival:

Each Winter the Abbey Museum hosts its famous Abbey Medieval Festival attended by thousands of visitors, performers and re-enactors from Australia and abroad.

The Festival begins with an authentic and entertaining Medieval Banquet and culminates with the two day highlight event – the Abbey Medieval Tournament.

The Tournament thrills with spectacles of jousting, mock combats, music, archery, dancing and medieval markets.

For more information visit:  www.abbeytournament.com

Museum admission:

Adults             $8.80
Pensioners    $6.00
Children         $5.00 (over 4 and under 16)
Family            $19.80 (2 adults / up to 4 children)
Groups           $5.50 per person (minimum of 15 people)

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