Welcome to the story of Qantas. Qantas Founders Museum tells the story of Qantas Airways from its early beginnings in Outback Queensland in the 1920s to present day.
|Mission||The museum is dedicated to the story of Qantas and is an Australia wide community and volunteer project entirely funded by public support and donations.|
Qantas Founders Museum is a project owned by The Trustee for the Qantas Foundation Memorial Trust (The Trust). The Trust is independent of Qantas Airways Ltd and is a not-for-profit trust company established by the people of Western Queensland to honour the founders of Qantas and to preserve the heritage of Qantas Airways Ltd.
Silver - Major Tourist Attraction - 2015 and 2014 QLD Tourism Awards
Bronze - Tourism Restaurant and Catering Services - 2015 QLD Tourism Awards
Silver - Tourism Restaurant and Catering Services - 2014 QLD Tourism Awards
Winner - Major Tourist Attraction - 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014 Outback Queensland Tourism Awards
Winner Tourism Restaurant and Catering Services - 2013, 2014 and 2015 Outback Queensland Tourism Awards
Highly Commended - "Heritage & Cultural" 2012 Outback Queensland Tourism Awards
Finalist - "Major Tourist Attraction" 2011 and 2012 QLD Tourism Awards
|Founded||The Museum opened in 1996 in the original 1922 National Heritage Listed Qantas Hangar. Stage Two was opened in 2002.|
The Museum tells the story of Qantas from the early days in Outback Queensland to present day. Displays focus on the founding figures of Qantas, life in Outback Queensland in the 1920s and the advancement and impact of aviation in Australia and the world.
Combining easy to read displays, oral history, genuine artefacts and interactive multimedia exhibits, the Museum offers the visitor a definitive historical experience of Qantas’ heritage.
Your admission to the Museum gives you access to our main exhibition hall, Catalina Flying Boat and National Heritage Listed Qantas Hangar containing the DH-50 and DH-61aircraft. Access to the Boeing 747, 707 and DC-3 aircraft is only available to guests on one of our guided tours.
The Jet Tour is a 90 minute (1.5hrs) experience which takes you behind the scenes on our two jet aircraft, the Boeing 747 and 707. You’ll also
view our DC-3 and marvel at the changes in airliner design technology since the 1930s.
The Tour begins at the 747 with a walkaround inside and out, showing you features such as the Lavatory Service Hatch, Traffic Collision
Avoidance System, Flight Recorders (the Black Box) and many other systems, all explained in layman’s terms by our experienced tour guides.
Outside, you’ll discover the secrets of the engines, undercarriage and wings, inside, you’ll learn how to “arm the doors”, check out the top deck and have a peek at the flight deck and crew rest area.
Our 707 is an aircraft like no other. Learn about the aircraft’s unique
history as the first Boeing 707 sold outside of the United States, its
first days with Qantas, its conversion to a luxury charter jet to the rich
and famous including its time as the personal jet of a Saudi prince. Still
sporting the luxury interior, you can get to see how the other half lived;
check out the fine timber, crystal and gold plated fittings. This aircraft is
one of four Boeing 707-138s remaining in existence.
The tour also stops beside our DC-3 and tells t