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Cairns Museum

| School of Arts Building, Cnr Lake and Shields Streets, Cairns, Queensland 4870, Australia
+61 7 4051 5582
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Cairns heritage

The Museum has a very fine collection of histori photos of Cairns and the way it developed in the... read more

Reviewed 21 September 2015
V581ZSdonb
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Sydney, Australia
Neat little spot.

I had nothing to do so I decided to do a bit of a cultural experience. It was really reasonably... read more

Reviewed 12 May 2015
SinTaco
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The Cairns Museum tells the story of Cairns, right in the heart of the city. Housed in the award-winning School of Arts building, the Museum reopened in 2017 after a major renovation. The Cairns Museum now contains five galleries that showcase the history of Cairns, including Aboriginal Traditional Owners, sugar cane history, WW II, tourism development, local architecture and cyclones, as well as the inside story of living in the tropics - amongst crocs, toads, jellyfish and snakes! Our friendly local guides are on hand to assist and give you genuine advice on what to see and do in Cairns.
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| School of Arts Building, Cnr Lake and Shields Streets, Cairns, Queensland 4870, Australia
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Reviewed 21 September 2015

The Museum has a very fine collection of histori photos of Cairns and the way it developed in the 19th and 20th Centuries. Visiting it was a nostalgic trip for me as there were photos of Cairns in the early 1960s. My first visit was...More

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Reviewed 12 May 2015

I had nothing to do so I decided to do a bit of a cultural experience. It was really reasonably priced and I loved the exhibits. The only down side I would have to say was that it was pretty small. I could've walked around...More

1  Thank SinTaco
Reviewed 12 October 2014

Went along as a chaperone with a primary school group thinking this will be boring. Pleasantly surprised. This little hidden gem is well worth a visit and learn all about the regions history!

1  Thank jimmyboyqld
Reviewed 6 October 2014

The Historical Society Museum is a great place to find out the history of Cairns and the surrounding areas. They have a vast number of artifacts on display and a research library covering all aspects of historical Cairns. The staff are all volunteers and have...More

Thank Dianne B
Reviewed 5 September 2014

It was a little warm in here but good information and the staff was helpful. If it was a little cooler I would have surely stayed longer.

2  Thank traga911
Reviewed 24 August 2014

If you would like a really authentic museum experience this is where you will get it! The tour guides are as old as the exhibits and brimming with actual knowledge and experience of the pieces they love to educate about. Volunteer run, they are there...More

2  Thank Lisa L
Reviewed 20 August 2014

We visited this place before July 2013 and forgot to give a rating. They had a open day at the Esplanade with all their museum information. Very friendly people who are volunteers who looked after the place. Unfortunately, there is road works going on at...More

Thank Maria H
Reviewed 9 August 2014

The museum is currently closed. A lovely gentleman directed me to the temporary location, but sadly the very friendly staff informed me that the exhibit is not running, only the research facility. When the museum reopens in a year or more, I'm sure it will...More

1  Thank Frances A
Reviewed 17 July 2014

I took my young children to the museum looking for something to do in town. I was pleasantly suprised by the friendly staff with a depth of knowledge of the exhibits. They made it fun and involved for the kids with shark jaws and the...More

1  Thank Marticulate
Reviewed 8 July 2014

Museum closed for reno. Went to library to see old photos which they had in many old travel books/brochures available to handle in reference area. Helpful lass in Reference, lovely old building. Good alternative for history buffs whilst museum closed.

Thank Lyn M
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