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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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A trip back in time

So full of information and all presented in a very entertaining way. The volunteer staff are... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
spymyart
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Cheltenham, Australia
Excellent Family History of Cairns

Excellent and a must visit especially if your family originally come from Cairns. My husband has... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Susie M
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Queensland
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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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Hours Today: 10:00 - 16:00
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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| School of Arts Building, Cnr Lake and Shields Streets, Cairns, Queensland 4870, Australia
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Reviewed 6 days ago

So full of information and all presented in a very entertaining way. The volunteer staff are amazing. I loved it xx

Thank spymyart
Cairns M, Manager at Cairns Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Thanks spymart - really glad you enjoyed it. I will make sure the volunteers get your feedback.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Excellent and a must visit especially if your family originally come from Cairns. My husband has an interesting one as his mother's family came in the middle 1800, s and she went to Cooktown convent. Thieles and Burman. They are very helpful with photos to...More

Thank Susie M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This museum has recently reopened are a revamp. It was a small interesting before ... now it's a great little museum. Well laid out, lots of interesting displays. Well worth a visit.

1  Thank DRandMS
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I've visited museums all over Australia, New York, New Zealand, Philadelphia and the UK and this one stands among the best. Admittedly it is hard to find, I had traversed the streets of Cairns, map in hand several days before I stumbled across it by...More

1  Thank Lynda B
Cairns M, Manager at Cairns Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Thanks Lynda B. We are definitely working on the signage!

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It's always good to start off a holiday at the local museum. You need to know the back story of a place to really appreciate what is there now. This little museum is a gem. It's well set out and easy to access, being in...More

1  Thank DianneManning
Reviewed 8 August 2017

The museum has recently re-opened (Jul 17) in it’s new home at the renovated Cairns School of Arts Building on the corner of Shields and Lake Streets, in the middle of Cairns. It’s a wonderful little museum that will intrigue and fascinate, but will not...More

2  Thank Artfornodriving
Reviewed 8 August 2017

The recently opened Cairns Museum is well worth a visit, with its interesting and informative displays on the history of Cairns from the indigenous settlement to the modern day. The displays in this beautiful old building were very personalised - we learnt about the early...More

1  Thank Mary23Australia
Reviewed 1 August 2017

My family visited the Cairns Museum on Saturday and loved the experience. My daughter Ava enjoyed looking at the historical washing machines, fridges and irons. My son Brodie enjoyed trying to lift the 35 kg sugar bag. As a six year old he struggled a...More

1  Thank sophievolgers
Reviewed 31 July 2017

A personalised tale of Cairns early history housed in an appropriate and lovely old building. A must do when in Cairns.

1  Thank Sindy1981
Reviewed 28 July 2017

Took a visit to the revamped museum. I had visited the old one and was not too impressed. I thought that I would allocate an hour for the visit but found that 1 1/2 to 2 hours are needed to absorb all the exhibits. It...More

1  Thank Ian S
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