The Old Museum is back again at Ekka this year! It is home to Ekka’s Flower and Garden Exhibition and Quilts Across Queensland. The precinct will be buzzing with a hive of activity ranging from student garden installations and community and garden society displays to outdoor dining, stunning quilts and a jam packed speaker schedule on the Flower and Garden Platform Stage. This year Ekka is also proudly bringing back the Community and Gardening Stage, called 'Dancing in the Garden', providing dance schools and community organisations the opportunity to showcase their talents.
Built for the RNA in 1891, The Old Museum was originally called the Exhibition Building and Concert Hall. The Queensland Government took control of the building and grounds in 1897, when the RNA was forced into liquidation by the economic depression. It then became home of the Queensland Museum in 1899. Bringing the Ekka and The Old Museum back together again symbolises the importance of heritage and legacy to the RNA.
The Old Museum is already well known for its gardens, which include several heritage rose garden beds, making it the perfect place to feature Ekka’s flower, garden and quilt precinct.
The Old Museum Precinct houses:
- The School Garden Competition
- The Bush Poetry Competition
- Quilts Across Queensland
- Horticulture, now renamed The Flower and Garden Exhibition
- A ‘Chill Out Green’
- Plenty for the kids to do and see
- The Flower and Garden Platform Stage
- The 'Dancing in the Garden' Community and Garden Stage