It is hard to separate the experience of the gallery from the enjoyment (or lack of same) of the temporary exhibits it features. However, the exhibit that occupied the first two floors of the gallery when I visited was stunning! (It was part of a larger exhibit organized by the National Gallery of Australia titled Undisclosed: 2nd National Indigenous Art Triennial, which runs through January 5, 2014.) From the brochure I received of forthcoming shows, they all seem to be of equal quality. I'm sorry I won't be in town to view them.
The building itself is lovely. The floors are native hardwood, with contrasting wood outlining the walls and columns. The museum shop was filled with lovely items (affordable, too) made by artists mostly from Queensland. (Nothing from outside the country.)
The gallery is small and doesn't require much time to view all the artwork on display. I didn't dine in the associated outdoor cafe, but it did look inviting.
The entry fee is a very modest $5. I wouldn't have minded paying the full freight, but the gallery attendant gave me a half-price concession (senior citizen, I guess).
All in all, I enjoyed very much my visit to the gallery and would recommend it to anyone wanting to see more in Cairns than the croc cruises and snorkel tours.
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