Brisbane Open House
Building 3 The Great Court The University of Queensland St Lucia QLD 4072
Saturday : 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM
General access (self guided)

One of the earliest buildings in UQ’s Great Court, the Steele Building, was completed in 1940, just three years after the foundation stone for the University was laid in 1937. The building, originally established for Chemistry research and teaching, was named after UQ’s founding Professor of Chemistry, Bertram Dillon Steele, one of the original four professors appointed to the University.

In 2019, the Steele Building is home to the School of Earth and Environmental Sciences which integrates teams of earth scientists, physical and social scientists, environmental management specialists, health and safety experts, and urban planners focused on generating new knowledge, creating opportunities for innovation and discovery, and nurturing a wide range of external partnerships. The Steele Building houses teaching and research laboratories, lecture theatres, staff and student offices, and the Geology Museum.

The Geology Museum display was developed in collaboration with the Queensland Museum. It houses a collection of specimens from historic mines and mineral localities across Australia, and showcases fine minerals from around the world. Our student ambassadors will help you explore specimens including spectacular crystals which can be viewed in the glass cabinets in the Museum on a self-guided tour.

In a separate cabinet next to the Geology Museum, a life-sized Periodic Table features examples of where the elements are used in real life. It is a fascinating insight into the importance of chemistry in our everyday lives.

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Is Heritage listed


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