Visitors to this museum will be happily surprised to find a modern well laid out display of the Redcliffe peninsula's 200+ years of European history and an excellent hands-on activity section for children.
The not-to-be-missed highlight is the mock-up of the old Pier Theatre that runs a fascinating 15 minute reel of historical footage of the peninsula - sit in a row of salvaged theatre seats and listen to the tales of its brief time as a convict settlement, its hey day as a health and holiday resort and its role in World War II.
Amongst the rest of the permanent exhibits can be found old convict manacles dug up from a residential garden, the dining table and setting from the Lucinda, the famed government boat (Australia's version of the Britannia) that ferried officials between the capitals of New South Wales and Queensland in the late 19th century, a mock-up school room and an annexed shed of memorabilia from its farming days.
Relegated to one corner is a glass case commemorating Redcliffe's most famous residents - the young Bee Gees who played their first gigs at the Redcliffe Speedway and then the Palace Hotel. Amongst the memorabilia under the glass is elder brother Barry Gibb's must-read poignant recollection of their childhood on the peninsula.
These permanent displays are supplemented by a cast of temporary themed exhibitions which pass through as part of a regional touring programme.
75 Anzac Ave