An exhibition where fact and fiction become best friends

Keeping It Real is the work of museums. We collect and preserve objects, images and documents not as professional hoarders, but to share the true and tangible evidence of our collective past in ways that help us to understand the present and imagine the future.

This exhibition sets out to provoke wonder, encouraging big ideas to flow from conversations about small things. Seven optimistic calls to action make unexpected connections between objects from the QPAC Museum collection.

Look and listen

Stay COVID safe as you interact with the exhibition inside the gallery. For the best experience bring your own device and use your own headphones. Join QPAC Museum free WiFi or use your own network to listen in as old friends and complete strangers merge expertise, experience and ideas.

No smartphone or pad? No problem. Our friendly gallery team will help you! Visit the gallery until 29 January 2022 or explore it online anytime.


What if you were in charge of the museum? What if you could share new and different stories for the objects you encounter – be they tall tales or true? Stories of people, stories of places, stories of “remember when...”. What would you imagine their stories to be?

Add your stories online while experiencing the exhibition. Head over to the exhibition website to add your story!

Such a unique way of creating stories! Joshua D. from Brisbane
Wonderful stories of the arts in Brisbane across many generations. Thanks for other people’s stories! Bette W. from Brisbane
1 to 24 December
Monday: Closed
Tuesday: 12pm - 7:30pm
Wednesday: 12pm - 7:30pm
Thursday: 12pm - 7:30pm
Friday: 12pm - 7:30pm
Saturday: 12pm - 7:30pm
Sunday: Closed

25 December to 3 January
Exhibition is closed.

  • Can't make it to the gallery in person?

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