We offer a number of services to enrich the cultural, social and intellectual life of Queensland communities.

Museum Development Officers

In a partnership with Queensland Museum, Queensland Government and Local Council, Museum Development Officers assist community groups to preserve, interpret and display local collections for the benefit of local communities and visitors.

There are six regions throughout Queensland. The Gold Coast and Western Corridor Museum Development Officer is based at The Workshops Rail Museum.

Queensland Museum Loans

The Workshops Rail Museum is a distribution centre for the acclaimed Queensland Museum Loans service.

We have a range of kits which are available free of charge. The available kits are changed each term and can be used to complement class activities. The kits also available to community groups (eg historical societies, nursing homes and pre-schools.).

Kits can be hired for two weeks in set two-week blocks, with one kit per teacher at any one time.

John Douglas Kerr Reading RoomJohn Douglas Kerr Reading Room

The John Douglas Kerr Reading Room at The Workshops Rail Museum makes available a range of reading materials such as professional journals from Australia and around the world, railway by-laws and acts, technical manuals and QR's weekly staff notices dating back to the 1900s.

Computer terminals allow visitors to search materials in the Reading Room quickly. Appointments can also be made with Curatorial and Collection staff.

Touring exhibitions

Great Railway Journeys of Australia and Life on the Line are both exhibitions developed by the Museum that are available for other museums and cultural institutions to host at their venues.  

Venue hire

A number of spaces within The Workshops Rail Museum are available for venue hire.

From conferences, workshops, large corporate dinners, weddings, meetings and small intimate gatherings, we cater for all.