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Queen's Birthday open days

Visitors to The House enjoyed a tea break at the Old Government House Tea Room in the courtyard

After the official opening by the Premier in the morning of Sunday 7 June, Old Government House was opened to the general public to celebrate the Q150.

Once the formalities concluded, crowds began lining up outside, eager to be among the first to explore the newly restored House; over the two open days more than 4000 visitors toured the building.

Free Guided Tours explained details of the restoration over five years, which preserved the colonial features of The House and acknowledged changes made during the University of Queensland and National Trust occupations of The House.

Families were engaged by interactive displays including a virtual house recreation set in the year 1900, and an interactive panorama of Brisbane photographed in 1872.

Other displays revealed the roles of The House as an administrative centre for the colony, a social hub in colonial Brisbane, and of course as a family home for Queensland's first eleven governors.

The Old Government House Tea Room, situated in the former kitchen and courtyard of The House, provided high tea for visitors throughout the day. A highlight of the menu was lamingtons made to their original recipe, served at the place where they were first made by French chef Armand Galland.

Visitors admire the statue of Lady Diamantina The House museum is freely open to the public six days a week from Sunday to Friday, 10am to 5pm.

The public are invited to bring the family to visit the restored House at QUT's Gardens Point campus next to the City Botanic Gardens.

Free guided tours on Tuesday at 10.30am, Wednesday at 2pm, and Thursday at 10.30am can be booked on 07 3138 8005.

QUT's restoration of this treasured landmark is a major initiative of Queensland's 150th anniversary celebrations and QUT acknowledges the support of the Queensland Government and the National Trust of Queensland in this project.