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Embark on an historical journey inside the reopened Anzac Square Memorial Galleries Embark on an historical journey inside the reopened Anzac Square Memorial Galleries Embark on an historical journey inside the reopened Anzac Square Memorial Galleries Embark on an historical journey inside the reopened Anzac Square Memorial Galleries Embark on an historical journey inside the reopened Anzac Square Memorial Galleries

Embark on an historical journey inside the reopened Anzac Square Memorial Galleries

With most of Brisbane's most-beloved destinations forced to temporarily close for the past couple of months, you could say not being able to visit our favourite cultural and historical spots has us feeling a little lost. Thankfully, stage two of restrictions easing allows for galleries and museums to reopen to visitors – hurrah! Coming off a near three-month hiatus, Anzac Square Memorial Galleries has opened its doors once again so visitors can experience the historical treasure chest that lies beneath Queensland’s state war memorial. If you’re keen to gain a deeper understanding of Australia’s military past, now is the perfect time to make tracks to this breathtaking CBD gallery. But first, read on for a little history …


A historical mainstay in Brisbane City since it first opened in 1930, Anzac Square is the designated State War Memorial of Queensland – a site dedicated to the people who have served our country in wars and past and present. Located in lush surroundings between Ann Street and Adelaide Street in the CBD, Anzac Square – including its Shrine of Remembrance and Eternal Flame – offers Queenslanders a place to reflect on our country’s military history and the many brave sacrifices made over the years. Nestled beneath Anzac Square is where you’ll find the Anzac Square Memorial Galleries, a set of galleries curated by State Library of Queensland, where visitors can take a deep dive into Queensland’s war history.

The Anzac Square Memorial Galleries present important artefacts of Queensland’s war history, showcasing true stories of veterans from World War I to today. Start your journey inside the World War I Memorial Crypt – filled with historical objects and stories of the service and sacrifice of Queensland war heroes – then continue your time-travelling venture into the World War II Gallery. Here you can explore the Queensland war experience on a deeper level with the help of some interactive user-friendly touchscreens and examine artefacts honouring a range of battalions. You’ll then make your way into the Post World War II Memorial and Exhibition Gallery, where you’ll hear more about our state’s role during times of war, and delve deeper into stories of post-WWII battalions.

Whilst you go on this archival expedition, the Anzac Square Memorial Galleries team are keen to make the health and safety of gallery visitors and staff their priority. The venue will limit the number of people allowed in the gallery spaces during opening hours, with up to 20 people at a time able to access the WWI Memorial Crypt and WWII Gallery from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm Sunday to Friday, while the Post WWII Gallery may only be viewed on request. The galleries will also be increasing the frequency of cleaning practises and hand-sanitiser facilities will be available on-site. As a condition of entry to Anzac Square Memorial Galleries, visitors must provide their contact details and consent to this information being forwarded to Queensland Health to adhere to COVID contact tracing procedures.

The article was created in partnership with our friends at State Library of Queensland. For more information and to plan your visit, head to the Anzac Square Memorial Galleries website.

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