The Gold Coast is famous for a lot of different things, such as its beaches, the nightlife, the dining options, the spectacular Gold Coast accommodation options or even the theme parks, but among the lesser-known highlights here are the museums. The museums offer everything from surfing history to Aboriginal culture, and can make it a whole lot easier to get a better understanding of the people and the area. The following is a brief look at some of the museums you simply must see if you are visiting the Gold Coast; and remember, some Gold Coast hotels will even help you get there.
Minjungbal Aboriginal Museum
This educational museum is an important place for anyone coming to the Gold Coast to visit, as it helps to explain the history of the area from the perspective of its original inhabitants, the Minjungbal people. Featuring art, artefacts, photos and stories, you can learn about the culture and lifestyle of the Minjungbal, as well as get a sense of what life was like for Aboriginal people in Australia in the thousands of years they lived here before the arrival of white settlers.
If you have never been to a Wax Museum before this is your big chance, because the Wax Museum on the Gold Coast is Australia’s largest, and includes all of those figures you know and love, such as Kylie Minogue, Crocodile Dundee and even a few of those less likeable characters, such as John Howard.
It makes sense that the home of some of the world’s best waves would also be the home of Queensland’s only surf museum, and this wonderful homage to surfing does an incredible job outlining the history of surfing in Australia since the 1930s. Featuring boards, photos, art and other memorabilia related to surfing lifestyle and culture, Surf World is a definite ‘must-see’ museum for anyone visiting the Gold Coast.
Ripley’s Believe It Or Not Museum
If you are looking for a fun way to entertain the kids for the day, head to this most entertaining of museums, where you can hear incredible stories, experience fantastic illusions and delve into the realm of the unbelievable. You can experience what it would feel like to ride over Niagara Falls or check out the shrunken heads of the South American Jivaro Tribe. Regardless, you are guaranteed a day filled with entertainment and fun, so make sure this unconventional museum makes your ‘must-see’ list.
The Sue Ellen Gallery
Featuring jewellery, antiques and paintings representing art and culture from the last several hundred years, this unique museum features everything from modern Australian art to Native American jewellery. The antiques alone are worth checking out, and include some of the most beautiful clocks and mirrors you will ever see. You may even stumble across works by Picasso or Renoir.
Visiting a few museums while you are in the Gold Coast area will help to make your visit not just a lot more educational and fun, but also a lot more meaningful, so when you are planning your next Gold Coast trip, don’t forget about the fantastic museums.