Museum of Tropical Queensland
|Location||Townsville, Queensland, Australia|
|Type||Natural history, maritime archaeology|
The Museum of Tropical Queensland (abbreviated MTQ) is a museum of natural history, archaeology and history located in Townsville, Queensland, Australia. It is located in the same complex as the Reef HQ Aquarium. MTQ is a member of the Queensland Museum Campus Network.
In 1997, Carden Wallace was named Director of the museum . Its current building was constructed at a cost of 18 million Australian dollars, and was opened on 3 June 2000 by the then Queensland Premier Peter Beattie .
In 2003, Sally Lewis was named Director of the museum and two years later Spinderella the giant Silver Orb spider was unveiled.It overlooks Flinders Street East. In 2007, Peter McLeod was named Director of the museum.
Scientists in the museum have gained international recognition in various fields, particularly those with marine themes.
The museum houses artefacts recovered from the wreck of HMS Pandora, one of the most significant wrecks in Australian waters. The Pandora sank off the coast of north Queensland in 1791 after capturing some of the participants in the infamous mutiny on the Bounty.
The museum also houses what has been described as 'the scientifically most important coral collection in the world'.
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- Getting here
- Queensland Museum Campuses
- 'Women Scientists at the Queensland Museum'
- 'Wallace, Carden: Bright Sparcs Biographical entry'
- 'Profile of Townsville City Area'
- Queensland Museum Annual Report 1999-2000
- Queensland Museum Annual Report 2002-2003
- New dolphin species under the spotlight at MTQ
- 'Ask a Staghorn Coral'