The Museum of Tropical Queensland is a museum of natural records, archaeology and history positioned in Townsville, Queensland, Australia. It is placed in the same complex as the Reef HQ Aquarium. MTQ is a member of the Queensland Museum Campus Network. The museum opened in 1987 because the "North Queensland Branch" of the Queensland Museum, below the course of 'Curator-in-Charge' Dr. Carden Wallace. In 1997, Carden Wallace became named Director of the museum. Its current building was constructed at a fee of 18 million Australian dollars, and changed into opened on 3 June 2000 by way of the then Queensland Premier Peter Beattie.
In 2003, Sally Lewis become named Director of the museum and two years later Spinderella the large Silver Orb spider turned into unveiled. It overlooks Flinders Street East. In 2007, Peter McLeod become named Director of the museum. The museum homes artefacts recovered from the wreck of HMS Pandora, one of the most sizable wrecks in Australian waters. The Pandora sank off the coast of north Queensland in 1791 after taking pictures some of the individuals within the infamous mutiny at the Bounty. The Maritime Archaeology Section administers the Historic Shipwrecks Act 1976, which covers websites which include HMS Pandora and SS Yongala wrecks. Access to those sites is through permit best.