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Media Release

24 March 2020 – Updated 23 April 2020

COVID- 19: CHANGES TO QANTAS FOUNDERS MUSEUM OPERATIONS AND EVENTS

Qantas Founders Museum has made the difficult decision to close its doors as of 4pm today, Tuesday 24 March 2020 until further notice for the safety of our staff, visitors and community.

This decision is made following the Prime Minister’s announcements on 22 March 2020 of additional action to support social distancing measures and advice for all non-essential services and businesses to close in order to minimise the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Our Museum and Qantas Centenary events will be affected by this decision with the following events postponed and new dates to be confirmed at a later date:

  • Local Community Airpark Roof Launch – Sat 2 May 2020
  • Red and White Gala – Saturday 20 June 2020
  • “Icons of Australian Skies” Exhibition by Mark Wilson – 5 May – 2 August 2020
  • Celebration of the Qantas Centenary Fly In – 14-16 August 2020
  • October Centenary Gala Weekend – 2-4 October 2020

The following events have been cancelled:

  • Creative Showcase with Topology – Saturday 4 April 2020
  • Easter Egg Hunt – Sunday 12 May 2020
  • School holidays activities from 7 April -16 April 2020 including our Cadets Tour and Night at the Museum.
  • “Our Qantas, Our people” – Exhibition – 1 August – 31 December 2020

Qantas Founders Museum’s Qantas Centenary Birthday Week (16-22 November) is still scheduled to go ahead on the dates advertised.

For those who have booked tickets for the Red and White Gala or Celebration of the Qantas Centenary Fly In,refunds for your tickets will be organised.

We continue to closely monitor the COVID-19 situation and will provide any updates about the Museum and events on the Museum’s website and social media channels.

Our online Founders Store remains open for those who want to purchase Museum and Qantas Centenary souvenirs. Our online store can be found at: https://qfom.com.au/shop/

We also encourage you to continue to keep in touch and follow our Museum through our website and social media channels of Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Youtube.

This announcement is incredibly difficult to make and we know it will have a major impact on our Museum, staff and community.

We thank you for your patience and understanding in this unprecedented situation and for your ongoing support of our Museum.

We look forward to welcoming you back to our Museum in the future and sharing the great story of Qantas with you once again. From our family to yours, stay safe everyone, we will get through this together.

30 thoughts on “COVID- 19: CHANGES TO QANTAS FOUNDERS MUSEUM OPERATIONS AND EVENTS

  1. Destiny says:

    We are coming to longreach now that the resteixtions are kidtes for Qld travel. Will you be open on 18 june?

    • Qantas Founders Museum says:

      Dear Destiny

      Thank you for your message. We hope to make a decision about when our Museum able to open safely in the next few weeks.

  2. Ken Fitzgibbon says:

    Good morning. I hope you are able to open very soon and when you do we will be one of the first there to support you. We have been previously but are looking forward to seeing the super constellation. When you are open will it be open to the public as well? Thank you and hope to see you soon.

    • Qantas Founders Museum says:

      Dear Ken
      Thank you for your message and support. When the Museum is open to the public, the Super Constellation will also be open as part of our Airpark Tours. We hope to make a decision about when we will open in the next few weeks.

    • Qantas Founders Museum says:

      Hello Donna and thank you for you message. We are currently working on a number of scenarios to determine when we can open the Museum safely for our visitors and staff. We hope to announce a decision in the next few weeks.

  3. Peter says:

    Hi,
    appreciate you are working through the re-opening of the museum which is fantastic. Could you please email me once its open as we will be up there around the 22 June.
    thanks
    Peter

    • Qantas Founders Museum says:

      Dear Peter

      Thank you for your message, the Museum will reopen on 1 July 2020. We look forward to welcoming you to our Museum!

  4. Alan says:

    How long should we allow to see the museum fully? And does the inclusive ticket cover more than one day?

    • Qantas Founders Museum says:

      Dear Alan
      Thank you for your message. We have just announced that we will be reopening on 1 July 2020. We will release further details about how to book and what your admission ticket includes at a later date.

  5. Peter Dostine says:

    Hi
    The DW and I are looking to do a 30 day ‘Grey Nomad’ driving tour up North that includes a few days in Longreach. Hopefully you will be operational by end of July!

    • Qantas Founders Museum says:

      Dear Peter

      Thank you for your message and for planning to visit our Museum. We will reopen on 1 July 2020 and look forward to welcoming you to our Museum.

      • Tina says:

        Hello, we will be visiting on 1 July. Will all activities be on offer? Do I need to pre-book anything do not miss out or should there be enough capacity for everyone? Is there a limit on numbers regarding certain activities? Thank you, Tina

        • Qantas Founders Museum says:

          Dear Tina

          Thank you for your message and for planning to visit our Museum. We are currently working on how we can provide the best experience for our visitors while ensuring the safety and comfort of everyone. You will need to book and we hope to have the booking information and what experiences we are offering available soon.

  6. Matt says:

    Hi – note that you are working on the decision as to whether to open. We’ve just booked accommodation so hoping you will be open for the school holidays so we can show our kids a bit of QLD!

    • Qantas Founders Museum says:

      Dear Matt

      Thank you for your message. Today we announced that we will be opening on 1 July 2020.

    • Qantas Founders Museum says:

      Thank you for your message Chris. This event has been postponed and we will confirm new dates for our centenary events in 2021 at a later date.

  7. Robyn says:

    We are coming to visit during the upcoming school holidays and look forward to learning of your opening hours, we will be exploring the dinosaur trail for one week from July 3rd.

    • Qantas Founders Museum says:

      Dear Robyn

      Thank you for your message and for planning to visit our Museum. We hope to release information about how to book to visit our Museum and enjoy our experiences soon.

  8. Nicole says:

    Hi, let me know how to book tickets online for entry on July 1 as doing a driving holiday and in town that day so we can enter?

    • Qantas Founders Museum says:

      Hello Nicole. Thank you for your message and for planning to visit our Museum. We hope to have booking information available before 1 July so keep following our social media channels or checking our website.

  9. Christine kelly says:

    We are coming to longreach from 3 to 8 July. Just wondering if you will be open and if so what days and can we pre book

    • Qantas Founders Museum says:

      Dear Christine

      Thank you for your message and great to hear you are coming to Longreach. We will be open from 1 July 2020 and hope to release information about how to book soon.

  10. Garth peake says:

    My wife and I are heading out there on the 3rd, 4th and 5th of July and hoping we can book in when you provide further advice. Any further news on when that might be. I imagine that we might be joining a long line…

    • Qantas Founders Museum says:

      Hello Garth and thank you for your message.

      We are currently working on how to safely provide our visitors with the best experiences our Museum has to offer and how to book. We hope to provide this information in the next week or so. Please keep monitoring our social media channels and website for updates.

  11. Bob Trendor says:

    Hello – can you please advise when we can make bookings. All other venues have allowed us to make reservations except the Qantas museum. It concerns us that we could come all that way and miss out. Urgent.
    Bob

    • Qantas Founders Museum says:

      Dear Bob

      Thank you for your message and we very much understand that you do not want to miss out on visiting our Museum. We are working to get our booking system up and ready to take our bookings as soon as possible. Please understand that we are working through a variety of factors to ensure the safety of our staff and visitors while meeting Covid management regulations.

  12. Margaret says:

    Hi there We will be in Longreach from 16th to 19th July. Is there any chance the Museum will be open? Regards
    Margaret

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