Brisbane Open House
Brisbane Botanic Gardens, Mt Coot-tha Road, Toowong
Saturday // 10am to 2pm
Sunday // 10am to 2pm
General access and guided tours

The Queensland Herbarium is the centre for science and information on Queensland’s plants, animals and ecosystems, and is part of the Queensland Government’s Department of Science. It was established in 1859 and is Queensland’s first and oldest scientific institution. The Queensland Herbarium building was specifically built in 1998 to house the 850,000 plant specimen collection and to conduct research on the state’s flora, fauna and ecosystems.

The collection contains historically important specimens, including some collected by Sir Joseph Banks and Dr Daniel Solander, the botanists who accompanied Captain James Cook in 1770. The flora and ecosystems in Queensland are the most diverse in Australia. The Herbarium’s design features include one floor to house the collection with a ceiling light box to allow natural light into the collection space.

What's Open

The Queensland Herbarium information and advisory reception and '850,000' plant collection floor

Tour Information

Saturday Guided Tours
Times: 10am, 11am, 12pm, 1pm
Duration: 40mins

Sunday Guided Tours
Times: 10am, 11am, 12pm, 1pm
Duration: 40mins

Tour Tips

Comfortable shoes - no heels


Queensland Herbarium