Brisbane’s art scene is on the rise. Get your culture fix at the best theatres, art galleries, museums, and live music venues in Brisbane.
With Brisbane’s art scene rapidly on the rise, visitors from all over are flocking to Queensland’s capital to experience its cultural assets. From theatres and art galleries to museums and live music venues, Brisbane offers something for everyone. Whether you’re planning your visit to Brisbane or you’re a local looking for a culture fix, we’ll show you what’s on offer in the city’s art scene.
Catch a show
Fancy a trip to the theatre? There’s definitely no shortage of arts theatres in Brisbane. Whether you’re in the mood for a play, the ballet, or some stand-up comedy, you’ll get your dose of the performing arts here.
Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC) – Corner Grey St & Melbourne St, South Bank
One of the country’s leading venues for live performance, QPAC is loved by locals and visitors alike. Offering world-renowned, emerging, new and local productions including dance, theatre, classical music and opera, you’ll be spoiled for choice whatever your interests.
Brisbane Arts Theatre – 210 Petrie Terrace, Petrie Terrace
One of the most iconic arts theatres in Brisbane, the Brisbane Arts Theatre is the perfect place to get your culture fix. This independent theatre company hosts productions suitable for every member of the family, with their four seasons including a mainhouse season, a season of children's theatre, a touring season, and a musical parody season.
Check out the local art scene
Feel like visiting an art gallery in Brisbane? There are plenty to choose from no matter where you are in town, but our favourites are the Queensland Art Gallery and Gallery of Modern Art.
Queensland Art Gallery | Queensland Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA) – Stanley Pl, Cultural Precinct, South Bank
Located in the buzzing Cultural Precinct of South Bank, the Queensland Art Gallery and GOMA are a must-see for every Brisbane visitor. With stunning historical, modern, and contemporary art from local and international artists, prepare to put aside a few hours of your day to experience all that these Brisbane art galleries have to offer. Don’t forget to return on every visit to Brisbane as they regularly offer new exhibitions.
Wander the museums
There’s nothing like taking your time wandering around a museum at your leisure. This simple pleasure is enjoyed in several museums in Brisbane, along with the option of guided tours.
Queensland Museum – Corner Grey St & Melbourne St, South Brisbane
The Queensland Museum is your go-to for experiencing displays that nod to the state’s natural history, cultural heritage, science, and human achievement. Also home to the Sciencentre, the Queensland Museum is a great place to take the kids for an educational and interactive experience.
Museum of Brisbane – City Hall, 64 Adelaide St, Brisbane City
Discover the history and development of Brisbane and its people at the Museum of Brisbane. These thought-provoking stories and exhibitions are both interesting and surprising for visitors and locals alike.
Enjoy some live music
There are endless live music venues in Brisbane, but these are our top picks for music variety and overall atmosphere.
The Tivoli – 52 Costin St, Fortitude Valley
Frequently hosting sold-out shows, The Tivoli is known for presenting both big-name musicians and up-and-coming local artists. This iconic venue one of the best spots in Brisbane for enjoying an intimate gig or full-scale concert, no matter what your favourite genre or era of music.
Lefty’s Old Time Music Hall – 15 Caxton St, Brisbane City
For something truly memorable, you can’t go past Lefty’s Old Time Music Hall for good times and great music. Immerse yourself in its unique old western, honky-tonk feel – complete with dark leather, dark timber, and live country music. It’s a little piece of America’s deep south, circa 19th Century, right here in Brisbane.
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