06 May 2010

The Best Social History Museum in Brisbane?

A merry band of Boggo Road Gaol Historical Society members paid a visit to Brisbane's Commissariat Store on William Street yesterday and enjoyed a very enjoyable guided tour of the place with Royal Historical Society of Queensland guide David Rex.

Commissariat Store, Brisbane.

IMHO, this really is the best social history museum in Brisbane. The building itself (1829) is one of the great Queensland artefacts, the exhibition space inside is used well, the staff are very friendly and knowledgeable, and it's very affordable. A great way to spend an hour or two if you're in town.

We had a little nostalgia attack when we saw the gallows beam that we used for our 2005 'Gallows of Boggo Road' exhibition, still in the display case that we made for it.

In terms of social history displays, the Commissariat Store currently has more to offer than the Museum of Brisbane or the Queensland Museum at Southbank, both of which have more funding and staff at their disposal.

Of course, it should be said that if the BRGHS gets its way, the best social history museum in Brisbane will be over at Boggo Road itself!

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