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.
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History of Qantas Founders Museum
Qantas Founders Museum is a wonderful example of a community getting together to honour the achievements of a group of remarkable people who established the iconic airline Qantas in Outback Queensland.
The Trustee to the Qantas Foundation Memorial Trust, trading as the Qantas Foundation Memorial (QFM), is the parent company of Qantas Founders Museum.
Stage 1 – The start of our Museum
In 1988, a meeting of Western Queensland communities established Qantas Foundation Memorial Ltd (QFM) and formed a trust in recognition of the enormous service Q.A.N.T.A.S. had given to the people of the Outback.
These efforts culminated in June 1996, with the opening by the Governor General of Australia of the $1.3m Stage 1 of Qantas Founders Museum in the (now National Heritage Listed) Qantas Hangar at Longreach. The visionary foresight of the local community has been justified by the steady growth over twenty years of visitor numbers and profitability without government funding assistance. This would not have been possible without the hard work of museum directors, committees, volunteers, financial and in kind support.
Stage 2 – A New Museum
Since the Museum’s opening in 1996, the need for a main and modern museum building had already been identified. With the assistance of Government Funding Stage Two of Qantas Founders Museum was completed and opened in March 2002. The new climate controlled building included a restaurant, four galleries, main exhibition hall, boardroom and office area.
Qantas Founders Museum continues to create new displays, exhibits and experiences to expand the Qantas story which the Museum tells. Recent new exhibits and experiences include interactive table displays, Catalina Double Sunrise Display and museum tours.
Stage 3 – Airpark Roof Project and Sound and Light Show
Qantas Founders Museum is the custodian of significant Qantas aircraft including the Boeing 747 – 238 VH-EBQ “City of Bunbury”, the DC-3 VH-EAP and the Boeing 707 – 138 VH-EBA “City of Canberra” – the first jet aircraft Qantas owned. To ensure the preservation of Australia’s aviation heritage for future generations to enjoy, Qantas Founders Museum will engage in a $14.3 million project to build a roof over the museum’s aeroplane enclosure to protect these iconic aircraft from the fierce Western Queensland sun. As part of the Airpark Roof construction, Qantas Founders Museum will be installing a state of the art light and sound show which will project images on to the Museum’s Boeing 747, Boeing 707 and Super Constellation. This will create an unique night experience for Longreach. This project is expected to be completed in 2020.