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Collection loans

Research and biodiversity facility expansion and upgrade

Queensland Museum is currently upgrading and expanding its research and biodiversity facilities. This will ensure that Queensland Museum remains at the forefront of important international research both now and for many years to come.  
It will mean that the 1.2 million objects and specimens and more than 14 million research collection items at Queensland Museum will be kept to the highest possible standard and will allow for improved workspace design for future research activities.  
The areas to be upgraded include collection stores, laboratories and research offices at Queensland Museum, Southbank. The work is supported by a State Government grant of $16.1 million and will be undertaken by GHD Woodhead.  

To allow us to do this important work there will be some restrictions to collection access in the coming months. This will include:   
1) It will not be possible to access the collection from February 2020 to mid-2021. Objects and specimens will not be able to be loaned during this period; 
2) Hosting researchers and access to our collection will not be possible;  
3) Community access to the collections will not be possible. 
During this time please also note:  
If you already have a loan request in place this will be honoured but a Queensland Museum representative will be in touch to ensure we can accommodate your needs.   
During this time our other campuses – Museum of Tropical Queensland in Townsville, Cobb+Co Museum in Toowoomba, and The Workshops Rail Museum at Ipswich will still be open for business.   
The Education Loan program will continue to operate across the State;  
Repatriation activities will also be continuing in negotiation with communities. 
For any queries regarding arrangements, please contact the Museum through Contact Us.  


Museum Collection Loans

We loan collection materials to community, regional, state, national and international institutions and organisations for the purposes of display and interpretation. These loans are only made to organisations which meet our loan criteria. In special circumstances research loans can be approved from our Biodiversity, Geosciences and Archaeological collections.

Education Loans

You can borrow museum specimens and artefacts or learning resource kits from QM Loans to use in your school, library or project; bring learning to life through evidence-based inquiry or exhibitions.

Research Loans

Research loans can be approved from our Natural Environments Program (marine and terrestrial biodiversity collection material), Ancient Environments Program (palaeontology and mineralogy collection material) and Cultural Environments Program (archaeology collection material).

For research loans, please contact the relevant curator to discuss your requirements.

Exhibition Loans

The Museum loans collection material to communities, regional, state, national and international institutions and organisations for the purposes of display and interpretation. These loans are only made to organisations which meet our loan conditions.

(Please note: there will be no new approvals for outgoing exhibition loans until the end of 2018, in order to allow staff to concentrate on delivery of a number of new exhibitions and displays.)