Qantas Museum celebrations put on hold

Coronavirus forces temporary closure.

The Qantas Founders Museum's celebration of the 100th year of the famous airline have been put on hold with some events cancelled.

The Longreach museum announced in a statement it made the difficult decision to "close its doors until further notice for the safety of our staff, visitors and community" due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and restrictions announced by the Federal Government.

This closure does not include the museum's McGinness Restaurant which will continue to offer take away meals.

The following Museum and Qantas Centenary events have been postponed with new dates to be announced at a later date:

  • Local Community Airpark Roof Launch (2 May)
  • Red and White Gala (20 June)
  • “Icons of Australian Skies” exhibition by Mark Wilson (5 May - 2 August)

The following events were cancelled:

  • Creative Showcase with Topology (4 April)
  • School holidays activities  including our Cadets Tour and Night at the Museum (7 April -16 April).
  • “Our Qantas, Our people” exhibition


Qantas Founders Museum Centenary events, including the Celebration of the Qantas Centenary Fly In (14-16 August), October Centenary Gala Weekend (2-4 October) and Qantas Centenary Birthday Week (16-22 November), are still scheduled to go ahead on the dates advertised.

The statement said refunds would be organised in coming weeks for those who had booked tickets for postponed events.

"We continue to closely monitor the COVID-19 situation and will provide any updates about the museum and events on the museum’s website and social media channel," the statement said.

"This announcement is incredibly difficult to make and we know it will have a major impact on our museum, staff and community.

"We look forward to welcoming you back to our museum in the future and sharing the great story of Qantas with you once again. From our family to yours, stay safe everyone, we will get through this together."