QPAC Presents

an exhibition where fact and fiction become best friends

Keeping it real is the work of museums. We collect and preserve objects, images and documents not as professional hoarders, but to share the true and tangible evidence of our collective past in a way that helps us to understand the present and imagine the future.

This exhibition sets out to provoke wonder, encouraging big ideas to flow from conversations about small things. Seven optimistic calls to action make unexpected connections to objects from the QPAC Museum collection.

How to experience this exhibition

Look and listen

Scroll to view the objects and listen in as old friends and complete strangers merge expertise, experience and ideas.


What if you were in charge of the museum? What if you could share new and different stories for the objects you encounter – be they tall tales or true. Stories of people, stories of places, stories of "remember when..." What would you imagine their stories to be?

Reveal the Truth

Sometimes truth is stranger than fiction.

Thank You

QPAC Museum would like to thank the following people for their generous contributions to Keeping It Real:

Aidan Rowlingson, Bryan Nason, Charlotte Coory, Christine Felmingham, David Morton, David Walters, En Rui Foo, Heath Reid, Isabella, John Glenn, John Hanley, Kaye Stevenson, Keith Borrows, Michelle Rae, Nicholas Paine, Rob Maccoll, Robby Nason, Rosetta Cook, Samantha French, Wesley Enoch.

View photography and soundscape credits