Brisbane Open House
435 Compton Road (drive up Archives Avenue about 200 metres), Runcorn
Saturday // 9am to 4pm
General access and guided tours

Delve into nearly 200 years of Queensland history by visiting Queensland State Archives.

With records dating back to the Moreton Bay Penal Settlement of 1824, the collection contains rare documents, registers, maps, plans, drawings, AV material and even 3D models. Stage 1 of our modern, purpose-built facility at Runcorn was opened in 1993 and expanded in 2008 to measure 23,322 square metres in total.

Visit QSA’s newest exhibition ‘Sunshine Rebooted: the final Bjelke-Petersen Cabinet Minutes’. Using interactive tables, touchscreens, artwork, cartoons and interviews of people closely involved, the exhibitions covers the most pressing issues of the day – The Fitzgerald Inquiry, the AIDS epidemic and the World Heritage listing of the Wet Tropics. Not to be missed!

QSA is open to the public Monday to Friday and on the second Saturday of the month. Behind the scenes is a preservation laboratory where records are conserved and preserved, digital scanning facilities, environmental and sustainability features such as roof top rain collection, three million litre water tank, and repositories with climate controlled conditions especially suited to the different types of records. There are 13 repositories maintained at 20 degrees temperature and 50% relative humidity. There are also cold rooms which range from 4 degrees to 10 degrees and 35% humidity to store film, microfilm and other audio visual media.

What's Open

Foyer, public search room plus guided tours of repositories & preservation lab

How to book Saturday

Register on the day

Tour Information

Saturday Guided Tours
Times: Rolling tours on the hour, last tour 3pm
Duration: 45mins

Tour Tips

Wear enclosed shoes, bring a cardigan or jacket. No photos inside the building allowed. Free parking

Additional Activities

Sunshine Rebooted exhibition


2009 Research, Development & Innovation, 2009 Sustainable Architecture Award


Queensland State Archives

1993: Original building // 2008: Expansion project (QSA2)
Expansion project: Bretton Watson of Project Services, Department of Housing and Public Works