Set in the heritage listed Old Tote building on Eagle Farm racecourse, the Racing Museum offers a journey through history. At the centre is the award-winning Julius Totalisator, a unique piece of engineering claimed to be the forerunner of the computer. Photos, paintings, trophies, jockeys’ silks, memorabilia and stories of racing’s great champions are on display.
Renowned owners, trainers, jockeys, bookmakers and patrons of racing are remembered through the displays. Guests can also discover the link between the racing industry and Queensland’s social and economic development. Walk through the same gates that the US servicemen used during World War II as they entered Camp Ascot in the years the military authorities took over the racecourse.
The Archive at nearby Doomben racecourse is the working hub of the Thoroughbred Racing History Association. Borrow from the library, browse through old documents, magazines and records. A must see is The Stanley Room which houses the collection of Bill and Evelyn Stanley, well known owners in the industry.
Both attractions can be reached by rail, bus or car and the museum is about a 20 minute walk from Brett’s Wharf ferry terminal. Parking is available on both sites.
Casual entry is by donation. Guided tours cost AUD5 per site or AUD10 for both.