Collection loans

Research and biodiversity facility expansion and upgrade

February 2022
Stakeholder email/letter 

Dear Traditional Owners, Academic and Industry partners,
We are writing to update you on a new project involving the development of Queensland Museum’s Collections and Research Centre (CRC) at Hendra which will impact access to our collections and objects for research and loan purposes.  

Queensland Museum Network is responsible for discovering, documenting, preserving and sharing Queensland’s natural and cultural heritage. The QMN collection consists of 15.2 million objects and specimens, documenting the changing story of Queensland across hundreds of millions of years.
We have recently completed a $16.1 million dollar capital works project to relocate 130,000 biodiversity objects from our Wet Store Collection, supported by a special grant from the Queensland Government.

Collection care is an ongoing priority for Queensland Museum Network, as is ensuring access to the invaluable cultural objects and geological specimens for First Nations, critical scientific study, and public display.

From February 2022 until early 2025, there will be temporary access changes to part of the Queensland Museum collection in order to design and construct high-tech clean rooms, and facilitate major infrastructure improvements across our collection storage facilities.

Loans of objects and specimens for research or exhibitions, from the main collection area at the QM Collections & Research Centre (CRC), Hendra, will be halted during this period and we are unable to host visitors and researchers in the main collection area during this time (i.e., service requests from the community to access collections).  

If you already have a loan request in place, a Queensland Museum Network employee will contact you soon to ensure that we can accommodate your needs.

As you may know, our collection items are used by researchers globally to address questions concerning biodiversity, conservation, geosciences, as well societal and cultural change. To maintain and extend this position it is vital to be at the forefront of international standards around how we care for and preserve these items for future generations. As such, we appreciate your understanding and patience during this necessary closure.

Our collections at Queensland Museum South Bank, the Museum of Tropical Queensland in Townsville, Cobb+Co Museum at Toowoomba, and The Workshops Rail Museum at Ipswich will be operating with business as usual throughout this period, and our Education Loans program will continue to operate across the state.  
Contact: Please direct enquiries through Caroline Dare Williams email: who can then pass on to the relevant area. 

Peter Denham
Director, Collections and Research
Queensland Museum Network 

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.)