QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute 300 Herston Rd, Gilbumpa [Herston]
Saturday : 9:00 to 16:00
Sunday : 9:00 to 16:00
Pre-booked guided tours and some general access

Since 1945,  the Queensland Institute of Medical Research, now QIMR  Berghofer, has worked  to  improve  the  lives  of  people  locally,  and  across  the  globe  –  driving  better  health  outcomes through  impactful  medical  research.  

Today, QIMR Berghofer is a prominent feature in the Brisbane skyline, with the institute’s state-of-the-art facilities being housed across three buildings – The Bancroft Centre, The Clive Berghofer Cancer Research Centre and the Central Building – on Herston Road. However, the institute had far more humble beginnings, originally operating from a decommissioned WWII US Army hut situated at Victoria Park/Barrambin.  

Even in those early years, QIMR Berghofer built an international reputation for making ground-breaking and transformative discoveries. The institute’s initial research focused heavily on the infectious diseases affecting Northern Australia at the time, including Q Fever, Scrub Typhus and Malaria. Today, QIMR Berghofer houses four vibrant research programs – Cancer, Infection & Inflammation, Mental Health & Neuroscience, and Population Health – focusing on the health challenges.

General access, no bookings required 

QIMR Berghofer will be opened from 9am – 4pm on both Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 July.

Visitors will have a chance to: 

  • Engage in a range of activities showcasing why Queensland is the skin cancer capital of Australia, and what they can do to reduce their risk.  
  • Visit the Education Lab (open to all age groups – closed in shoes required) where they can see scientific equipment in action and get their gloves on for some hands-on experiments. 
  • View the expansive Water Memory artwork by renowned First Nations artist, Judy Watson. 
  • Take five in the Kids’ Corner where younger visitors can ‘Make a Microbe’ to take home. 

Working lab tours – pre-booked only: BOOKED OUT

Visitors to QIMR Berghofer will have the opportunity to join laboratory tours led by scientists, where they’ll see a working lab in action and hear about the latest research and most exciting breakthroughs. These tours are strictly limited and must be pre-booked. Visitors to labs must be aged 16 or over and each attendee must individually register.

Lab tours will operate hourly between 10am – 3pm on Saturday 15 July and between 10am – 2pm on Sunday 16 July. Guests joining lab tours will be required to sign in with photo ID at QIMR Berghofer reception on Level 2 of the Central Building.

QIMR LAB TOURS are now BOOKED OUT, please refer above for general access details.

FREE MUSICAL PERFORMANCE 16 JULY: Craigslea State High School String Quartet (foyer of QIMR Berghofer building) 3 – 4pm


Tour Information

Frequency of Guided Tours: 10am, 11am, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm

Additional Activities

Children's Activities

Dress Requirements

Enclosed shoes

Wheelchair access