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Old Government House

History

Old Government House was constructed between 1860 and 1862. The building served as the residence for 11 Queensland governors and their families, until in 1909 it was decided that the Governor needed a larger, more impressive residence.

The building was then used as the first campus of the University of Queensland, before becoming part of Queensland Institute of Technology (one of QUT's predecessors).

Old Government House was one of the first buildings to be protected by heritage legislation in Queensland, and has been extensively restored. QUT accepted custodianship of the building in 2002 and, after a major restoration project, re-opened it to the public in 2009.

House Museum

Find out what life was like in the house and in Queensland in the 19th century by joining a guided tour, listening to our podcast tour or navigating through our virtual model of the house.

William Robinson Gallery

Located on the upper floor of Old Government House, the William Robinson Gallery honours the life and work of distinguished Australian contemporary artist William Robinson.

A two-time winner of both the Archibald Prize for portraiture and the Wynne Prize for landscape painting, William Robinson is one of the most successful Australian artists of his generation.

The gallery is establishing the definitive collection of Robinson's work, exploring the full range of his artistic practice. The collection includes his two Archibald-Prize-winning paintings, along with more than 100 other works and a comprehensive archive. The gallery presents exhibitions examining particular periods and themes of Robinson's work.

Visiting Old Government House

Opening hours and prices

Admission is free.

Old Government House, including the William Robinson Gallery, is open to the public Monday to Friday and on Sundays. The building is closed on Saturdays and some public holidays.

Check the opening hours before you visit.

Getting here

Old Government House is located at our Gardens Point campus, next to the City Botanic Gardens and walking distance from the centre of Brisbane and South Bank.

Getting to Gardens Point campus

Food, drink and shopping

Pick up a gift for a friend or a souvenir for yourself at our Old Government House gift shop.

Drop into The Pantry cafe for coffee, tea or a bite to eat, or make a booking for high tea on Sundays.

There is a range of other food and retail outlets at Gardens Point. The campus is also a short walk from extensive dining and shopping options in Brisbane's CBD and across the river at South Bank.

While you're at Gardens Point

During your visit to our Gardens Point campus, you'll also be able to enjoy a number of other cultural venues on campus.

  • Visit QUT Art Museum, which runs a program of exhibitions by high-profile modern and contemporary artists, as well as free public events.
  • Grab tickets to one of the professional or student productions at Gardens Theatre.
  • Visit the Cube at our Science and Engineering Centre and play on one of the world's largest touch-screen systems.

Booking a function

With seven elegant and sophisticated settings to choose from, Old Government House is the perfect location for your:

  • wedding
  • corporate function
  • private function.