The Storytellers reveal Brisbane's secret past

New Museum of Brisbane exhibition uncovers myths and legends of the River City.

Ever wondered what it would be like to spend a night in Boggo Road Gaol, what Kangaroo Point has to do with kangaroos, or what went on at your nan’s place during World War II?

The Museum of Brisbane’s (MoB) new exhibition The Storytellers lifts the lid on Brisbane’s history, myths and tales through fact, fiction, interpretation and creative narratives told by nine of the city’s top wordsmiths.

Featuring stories from some of Brisbane’s best-known exports including Trent Dalton, Nick Earls and Benjamin Law, The Storytellers reveals the layers of Brisbane’s history where you can interact with their stories through historical objects, artworks, moving images and sounds. 

Highlights include first-person accounts from author Nick Earls who reminisced about buying a neglected Queenslander in Red Hill for a mere $105,000 and comedian Benjamin Law who reflected on his family’s pilgrimages to Chinatown.

MoB Director Renai Grace said the exhibition revealed a different side of Brisbane.

“Over the decades, Brisbane has played host to conflict, celebration, scandal, disaster, ceremony and transformative moments,” Ms Renai said.

The Storytellers provides different perspectives and a deeper, human interpretation of our city, while showcasing the work of Brisbane’s talented writers. 

The Storytellers will be a must-do for any Brisbane resident or visitor, who wants to immerse themselves in the stories of those who have walked our streets, experienced triumph and tragedy and grown up in the city we call home.”  

The exhibition will evolve over time with a focus on public programs, MoB’s artist-in-residence program and activities including workshops, talks, tours, digital experiences and performances.  

Entry to The Storytellers is free but tickets are required.

Also at the Museum of Brisbane

  • Brisbane City Hall Lego build
  • City Hall Clock Tower tour
  • City Hall tour
  • Artist-in-residence Kim Ah Sam exhibition