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Queensland Government

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The Museum of Tropical Queensland

Loimia genus of sea worm by the Queensland Museum

Queensland Government

Museum of Tropical Queensland focus is on researching and interpreting the cultural and natural heritage of tropical Queensland. Part of Queensland Museum our research units are: Maritime Archaeology; Corals - we are known world wide for the study of Great Barrier Reef and staghorn corals; and Tropical Natural History - with a focus on the taxonomic study of the tropical biota of Queensland and Indo-Pacific region. Queensland Museum's research is based on principles of high-quality scholarship and appropriate collaborations, with partners ranging from the local to international research communities. MTQ research projects are guided by state, national and institutional research priorities under themes: Sustainable Queensland; Ancient Ecosystems; Queensland Stories; Customs, Cultures and Country; Science and Technology in Society; and Connecting Queensland. The Museum's internationally significant research uses its collection of millions of objects, specimens and artefacts.


Key science sectors

Strengths and capabilities

  • Cultural and historical research
  • Biological research
  • Anthropological research
  • Paleontological research - the most comprehensive fossil heritage in Australia

Facilities and major equipment

  • Queensland Centre for Biodiversity
  • Queensland Museum - Brisbane
  • Museum of Tropical Queensland
  • Molecular Identities Laboratory

Number of research staff

20–100 research staff


The Museum of Tropical Queensland, 70-102 Flinders Street, Townsville, 4810

Lead researchers

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Organisation type

  • Queensland statutory authority
  • Not-for-profit
  • Museum

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Last updated:
3 June 2019