Look behind the front lines of the Second World War, to discover the role Brisbane played from 1939 – 1945, a crucial period in Australia’s history. Visit the office of General Douglas MacArthur, Supreme Commander in Chief of the Allied Forces in the South West Pacific Area. Sit at the table where MacArthur and his staff developed strategies to win the war.
Experience life in Brisbane during the dark days of war when people feared that the city might be invaded, public air raid shelters lined the streets and children wore identity discs. Read The Courier-Mail and see what Brisbane people woke up to every day. See actual newsreel footage from the time. Learn about the people whose work behind the front lines supported the troops and made victory possible. Feel what life was like for Brisbanites when thousands of American and Australian troops inhabited camps around the city, parading through the streets and filling the shops, cafes and pubs.
The MacArthur Museum Brisbane is open to the public Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays from 10am to 3pm and at other times for groups by appointment. Allow at least an hour to see all the exhibits.
Each of the lifts can only accommodate 11 people at a time, so budget a few minutes to get groups up together.
Children, School Groups: $4
Making a booking
Phone the Museum on public opening days (Tuesday, Thursday, Sunday 10am to 3pm) on 07 3211 7052 or email the Museum on firstname.lastname@example.org. Museum Staff will get back to you as soon as possible.
Group Bookings and School Visits
The MacArthur Museum Brisbane welcomes groups of visitors and school classes. For more information, see the following pages:
The Museum is available to hire for your next function. Find out more here.
Please note the following:
No food or drink allowed in the Museum – there is a food hall in MacArthur Central complex adjacent to the Museum. Bags and other items can be left at reception.
We look forward to your next visit with us.