We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“Amazing Art”
Review of Cairns Art Gallery

Cairns Art Gallery
Book In Advance
More Info
US$19.99*
and up
Cairns Self-Guided Audio Tour
Ranked #1 of 10 Museums in Cairns
Certificate of Excellence
More attraction details
Attraction details
Owner description: Housed in a landmark heritage building the Cairns Art Gallery is the region's premier destination for exhibitions featuring historical and contemporary art by leading regional, national and international artists. The Gallery also presents exhibitions highlighting key works and themes from the permanent collection that focus on the unique cultural heritage of Far North Queensland. Throughout the year the Gallery presents a range of creative learning programs for audiences of diverse ages and backgrounds including art classes, talks and events that relate to exhibitions and the permanent collection.
Reviewed 3 December 2013

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.

Thank Hilopatty
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Write a ReviewReviews (213)
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Language
  • More languages

178 - 182 of 213 reviews

Reviewed 27 November 2013 via mobile

Situated in a beautiful building, the Regional Gallery never disappoints. Exhibitions have a local flavour as well as featuring important Australian and international artists - and always offer something intetesting. The shop is packed with temptations, and Perrota's restaurant outside on the deck is perfect for breakfast, lunch or dinner.

Thank FiveCatPalace
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 28 October 2013

This is very nice art gallery with a presentation of new art being created (along with some more traditional) in Australia. It is centrally located, has a great cafe attached, and has a very nice gift shop.

Thank MPatrick33629
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 13 October 2013

Free entry, a comprehensive exhibition of beautiful and evocative work by Roy McIvor, a lovely building and at the end a little shop and a good cafe - what's not to like.

Thank Sooobie
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 2 October 2013

Some of the travelling exhibitions are great, like the Goya one, but otherwise why pay for a pretty average selection/collection....If the gallery were free I am sure more people would be interested.

Thank Justaddbacon
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC

Travellers who viewed Cairns Art Gallery also viewed

Cairns, Cairns Region
 
Cairns, Cairns Region
 

Been to Cairns Art Gallery? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing