North St, North Ipswich QLD 4305, Australia
North Street North Ipswich QL
(07) 3432 5100
Monday 9:30 AM – 4:00 PM
Tuesday 9:30 AM – 4:00 PM
Wednesday 9:30 AM – 4:00 PM
Thursday 9:30 AM – 4:00 PM
Friday 9:30 AM – 4:00 PM
Saturday 9:30 AM – 4:00 PM
Sunday 9:30 AM – 4:00 PM
About the business
The Workshops Rail Museum
The Workshops Rail Museum in Ipswich, Australia is a wholly interactive authentic heritage and cultural experience located at the birthplace of rail in Queensland.
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Great little day out for either train enthusiasts, someone who likes learning about history or just a day out taking your family out for a lovely day seeing all the amazing trains. Our little toddler absolutely loves it there. Recommend the annual pass.
For museum lovers the ratings might be higher but we went there for the Lego Construction activity and also a bit of fun. The museum was well planned but several simulator activities were broken, the animal exhibition was closed and there is no longer a Thomas the tank engine display area either. ( Which I’m told used to be very popular.) The Lego construction event was underwhelming to say the least and set outside on the concrete area and looked nothing like the website photos. One activity involved hammering a foil sheet into a square but I noticed that the foil was obviously splitting when it was being bent to form corners, leaving a sharp exposed edge for kids to cut themselves on. All in all I found the images on the website to be misleading and if We had known what would be there in terms of kids activities and the play areas. I will say that the trains and the museum area was clean and I imagine that in itself would be a challenge with all that exposed machinery. The range of museum items was also extensive but the children activity and play areas were sub-standard for sure and a waste of time to attend in my opinion. I asked two other parents what there previous experience had been here and both mentioned that the children’s areas used to be significantly better and that they had noticed a significant drop in quality of experience for kids. I asked one mother to give me an object rating of what she thought the museum rating should be. She said “I have been coming her for 6 years, once every school holidays and it has always been a wonderful experience. I would usually have rated this a 5, but now I would rate this a 3. “ She explained what the museum used to be like and it seems it used to be much better and there were heaps of activities to make the day special. She wondered if perhaps there had been some budget cuts in government funding. All in all the trains are great for the children to see and the museum was mostly clean although the small strain exhibition showed signs of damage and neglect. There was a sign up saying that they would be working on repairing that exhibition. All in all a disappointing day, especially after having travelled more than an hour to get there. I do hope the museum can regain it’s previously good reputation. Unfortunately, we will not be going back. I am posting some photos so have a look. We could not take too many photos of the activity areas because their were other children playing in the area.
Lovely staff, the ladies were absolutely beatiful, kind and always sharing a smile. Only giving 4 stars because I thought the museum would have a bigger train display. The place is fantastic for little kids, very hands on and interesting. Gardens are very well kept made a perfect place for an afternoon snack.
Pretty good place to visit with the family, lots to see and there's some activities for the young ones. Tip, bring your own food and drinks. Cafe closes early and has poor expensive selection.
I had already heard many good things about this place and it lived up to expectations. My daughter absolutely loved her time running around all the various exhibits. The place is so well designed for kids of all ages.
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