MacArthur Museum Brisbane

at Level 8 MacArthur Chambers, 201 Edward Street, Brisbane, 4000 Australia

Open to the public: Tuesday, Thursday and Sundays - 10 am to 3pm. The Museum is located at 201 Edward St (MacArthur Chambers Apartments Hotel entrance). History of the MacArthur Museum For some years interested parties attempted to gather support and raise funds for some form of public recognition of General Douglas MacArthur and the Brisbane Headquarters of the war in the South West Pacific from 1942-1944. Throughout the 1990s there were meetings and fundraising efforts with the goal of creating displays complemented by interactive terminals and the development of resources for historical research. The significance of the building continued to be acknowledged, for instance in the fifty years commemoration of World War II in November 1995. The breakthrough came through a meeting between Major General (Ret.) Peter Arnison, at the time Queensland Governor, and the then Premier of Queensland, the Honourable P. Beattie MLA. In 2001 the Premier launched the project. Support also came from the Federal Government, the Brisbane City Council and a variety of institutions and private individuals.

MacArthur Museum Brisbane
Level 8 MacArthur Chambers, 201 Edward Street
Brisbane , QLD 4000
Contact Phone
P: (07) 3211 7052

Opening time

  • Tuesdays: 10:00- 15:00
  • Thursdays: 10:00- 15:00
  • Sundays: 10:00- 15:00


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MacArthur Museum Brisbane looks behind the front lines of the Second World War.
Discover the role Brisbane played from 1939 – 1945 by visiting the Museum.
The Museum also focuses on the developing alliance between Australia and the US brought about by the cooperation between the armed forces of both countries during World War Two.
Brisbane was home to more than 350,000 people in 1941.
However, over the next three years, Queensland became a support base for the war effort in the South West Pacific.
Up to one million U.S. military personnel passed through the city en route to the Pacific War.
The South-West Pacific campaign was a theatre of war fought in the Pacific region during World War Two.
It included the Philippines, Borneo, the Dutch East Indies (excluding Sumatra), East Timor, Australia, the Territories of Papua and New Guinea, and the western part of the Solomon Islands.
Douglas MacArthur (26 January 1880 – 5 April 1964) was an American five-star general and Field Marshal of the Philippine Army.
A highly decorated soldier of both world wars, General MacArthur played a prominent role in the Pacific theatre during World War Two.
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