Skyward Ventures: Exploring Qantas Founders Museum

7 March 2024

Unveiling the Legacy: A Journey Through the Qantas Founders Museum

An independent not-for-profit community organization and registered charity, that’s been dedicated to honouring the spirit and preserving the rich history of Qantas Airways Ltd since establishment in 1996. Standing proudly as an award-winning, world-class museum and cultural hub, offering an immersive journey through the captivating story of Qantas. Through interpretive displays, interactive exhibits, and a remarkable collection of original and replica aircraft, including iconic models like the Consolidated PBY Catalina Flying Boat and the legendary Boeing 747-238, this museum brings to life the remarkable legacy of Australia’s pioneering airline. There is a tour or experience for everyone.

Economy Experience

Flying economy has never been more exciting, especially when you’re on board with us at Qantas Founders Museum. Step into our world-class museum and embark on an unforgettable journey through aviation history right from your seat.
Our inflight entertainment isn’t just limited to movies and music—it includes exclusive access to some of the museum’s most captivating attractions. From the iconic Catalina amphibious aircraft display to the historic De Havilland DH-50 and DH-61 aircraft replicas, and the majestic Avro 504K, you’ll have plenty to explore during our opening hours.
For our young travellers, we’ve got something special too! Our Kids’ Trail and children’s activity sheets are designed to keep our junior flyers engaged and entertained throughout the flight.
While our Economy experience offers a taste of the museum’s wonders, please note that access to our premium exhibits, including the Boeing 747, Boeing 707, Super Constellation, and DC-3, is reserved for guests joining one of our guided Airpark tours. Upgrade to Premium Economy, Business Class, First Class, or the exclusive Captain’s Club experiences to unlock even more aviation adventures

First Class

Prepare for an unparalleled journey of luxury with our First Class ticket, where every moment promises to be an unforgettable adventure. From museum entry to exclusive guided tours, including an exhilarating 747 Wing Walk, we’ve curated the ultimate experience just for you.
Your journey begins with a luxury inflight experience as you soar through the skies on a guided tour of our Airpark, home to iconic aircraft such as the Douglas DC-3, Boeing 747, Boeing 707, and Lockheed Super Constellation. Discover the fascinating secrets of these legendary planes, with a maximum flight time of 1.5 hours.
Next, dive deeper into the world of aviation with an immersive tour of the Boeing 747-200. Take a seat in the captain’s chair and fulfill your piloting dreams before embarking on the highlight of the tour—an exclusive guided walkout on the 747’s 25-meter-long wing.
For those booking the First Class experience, we recommend arriving early or staying after your flight to explore the museum’s Main Exhibition Hall, the Catalina amphibious aircraft display, and the National Heritage Listed Qantas Hangar, featuring full-size replicas of historic aircraft like the De Havilland DH-50 and DH-61, and the Avro 504K.

Captain’s Club

For those seeking the epitome of luxury air travel, look no further than the prestigious Captain’s Club. This premium offering is tailored for discerning travellers who demand nothing but the best.
Exclusively available through advance booking, the Captain’s Club promises a lavish four-hour adventure like no other. Take flight on an exclusive tour featuring the iconic Douglas DC-3, Lockheed Super Constellation, Boeing 707, and Boeing 747. Enjoy privileged access to the private quarters of the Boeing 707 and partake in exhilarating Wing Walk experiences on both the 707 and 747 aircraft.
Upon landing, indulge your curiosity with a visit to the museum’s renowned attractions, including the Main Exhibition Hall, the Catalina amphibious aircraft display, and the National Heritage Listed Qantas Hangar, showcasing full-size replicas of historic aircraft such as the De Havilland DH-50 and DH-61, and the Avro 504K.
As a distinguished guest of the Captain’s Club, savour a delectable meal at our esteemed McGinness’ Restaurant using your inflight dining voucher. And before bidding farewell, take home a complimentary montage photo capturing the highlights of your extraordinary journey.

Light & Sound Show – Luminescent Longreach

Prepare to be captivated by Luminescent Longreach, a mesmerizing 23-minute night time spectacle. Designed to enchant, entertain, educate, and inspire, this show promises an unforgettable journey through the remarkable 100-year story of Qantas.
As you stand amidst the iconic aircraft, including the majestic Boeing 747, prepare to be immersed in a world of stunning visuals and captivating sound. Through state-of-the-art projection mapping and 360-degree immersive sound, Luminescent Longreach breathes life into the daring spirit of early aviation, showcasing iconic aircraft, tales of wartime bravery, adventures to distant lands, and the outback innovation that defines Australia’s aviation history.
From 3D animation to traditional illustration, every element of Luminescent Longreach weaves together to create a narrative that will leave you spellbound. Come and witness the magic in the night sky with a story that celebrates the legacy and innovation of Qantas—a truly unforgettable experience for all who dare to dream.

Beyond the Polka Dots: Exploring the Wondrous Universe of Yayoi Kusama

Renowned as ‘the world’s most popular artist,’ Yayoi Kusama from Japan, born in 1929, has captured the hearts of audiences worldwide with her captivating polka-dot and mirror installations. Now, you have the chance to immerse yourself in her iconic works, brought to you as part of the Art Across Australia initiative, in collaboration with the National Gallery of Australia.
Mark your calendars for the unmissable exhibition running from March 16th to September 22nd, 2024. Prepare to be dazzled as you delve into the vibrant and enchanting world of Yayoi Kusama’s artistry. Don’t miss this extraordinary opportunity to experience the magic of one of the most celebrated artists of our time.

Yayoi Kusama, THE SPIRITS OF THE PUMPKINS DESCENDED INTO THE HEAVENS, 2017, National Gallery of Australia, Kamberri/Canberra, purchased 2018 with the assistance of Andrew and Hiroko Gwinnett. © YAYOI KUSAMA