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visitor alert - ogh closures


The William Robinson Gallery is now closed to install the new exhibition, Genesis, and will reopen to the public on Tuesday 28 June


Old Government House and William Robinson Gallery will be closed to visitors on Sunday 25th June due to maintenance upgrades.


The Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries Costume Exhibition will be displayed throughout the lower floor of the House from 15 July until 4 September.

During the exhibition there will be limited access to the House. There will be no guided tours of the House for schools and the public during this time; however, the William Robinson Gallery and museum displays will remain open.

We apologise for any inconvenience.

Please call 3138 8005 for information.

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Old Government House was the hub of colonial life in the early days of Brisbane. Constructed between 1860 and 1862, shortly after Queensland achieved separation from New South Wales, the House was Queensland's first public building. A rare surviving example of the domestic work of Queensland's first Colonial Architect Charles Tiffin, the House was both a private residence and official state office for Governor Bowen, the colony's first governor, and continued to be the home of Queensland's governors until 1910.

Old Government House successively became the University of Queensland's inaugural building (1910-1972) and the headquarters of the National Trust of Queensland (1972-2002). As one of Queensland's most significant historical buildings, it was the first building in the state to be heritage listed in 1978. In 2002, the Queensland University of Technology accepted custodial responsibility for the House and undertook a lengthy restoration project. This included the delivery of an interpretative multimedia centre to highlight the cultural and historical significance of each part of this landmark colonial building.

Old Government House was reopened to the public in June 2009 as an historic house museum, a gallery housing the works of renowned Australian artist William Robinson and an elegant venue available to hire for private functions. Located centrally in Brisbane adjacent to the City Botanic Gardens, the House stands with renewed grandeur within the Gardens Point Campus of QUT.