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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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An interesting and rewarding visit

From the moment you enter the lobby there can be no denying the enthusiasm and passion of the... read more

Reviewed 19 April 2018
freespirit1950
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Norwich, United Kingdom
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Haven’t been in over 11 years and thought now that it’s been redone it’s worth a trip. Very... read more

Reviewed 16 April 2018
William P
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Cairns, Australia
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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 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. The Museum also offers free wifi on its tropical verandah and has a range of unique merchandise for sale at reasonable prices.
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“local history” (8 reviews)
“war years” (4 reviews)
“early history” (3 reviews)
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Hours Today: 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
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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+61 7 4051 5582
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Reviewed April 19, 2018

From the moment you enter the lobby there can be no denying the enthusiasm and passion of the volunteer staff in the museum and their eagerness to inform all their visitors. The premises, we were told, have been converted from an old car park and...More

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Cairns M, Manager at Cairns Museum, responded to this reviewResponded April 20, 2018

Hey freespirit1950 - thanks for such a lovely response. We love sharing the stories of our town with our guests and we're thrilled you enjoyed your time with us. Long may you be free to travel! We will make sure to share your comments with...More

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Reviewed April 16, 2018 via mobile

Haven’t been in over 11 years and thought now that it’s been redone it’s worth a trip. Very interesting and informative. Very happy to have gone

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Cairns M, Manager at Cairns Museum, responded to this reviewResponded April 18, 2018

Thanks William P - we're glad the Museum was worth the 11 year wait!

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Reviewed April 5, 2018 via mobile

Kim lead us through the museum thoroughly explaining all the different exhibitions. She was friendly, knowledgeable and is a real asset to Cairns Museum. Put this on your bucket list when visiting Cairns- it’s a great one-stop-shop for learning about Cairns‘ history!!

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Cairns M, Manager at Cairns Museum, responded to this reviewResponded April 7, 2018

Thank karleer4 for taking the time to review us and we'll pass on your feedback to Kim - she is a great asset to us and we are all in love with her!

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Reviewed April 3, 2018

The guide was very good and knew how to take you around everything leaving enough unsaid to go around again to appreciate more detail. A truly enjoyable experience.

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Cairns M, Manager at Cairns Museum, responded to this reviewResponded April 5, 2018

Hey Roy f - we love that we surprised you! Our guides are trained to keep it short and sweet so you get to explore as well. Thanks for taking the time to review us.

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Reviewed March 17, 2018

Terrific museum that should not be missed! This is a great museum with terrific staff. Kim gave us a great overview and tour. Other staff gave us very helpful hints about local places to go. The museum tells the wonderful history of how Cairns has...More

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Reviewed March 14, 2018

The Cairns Museum offer a very informative and fun guided tour from the Trinity Wharf of Cairns through the city and finishing at the Museum itself. I would thoroughly recommend this tour as well as the Museum for any school group looking to get a...More

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Reviewed March 13, 2018

When I first arrived there it was very clean, neat, and comfortable, all the staff Very friendly and knowledgeable. I learned histories a lot from Cairns Museum. Good for students or travelers know about history of Cairns.

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Reviewed March 13, 2018

A visit to the past of cairns, a museum recently renovated, modern and with air-con (very appreciated in the wet season). Amazing staff, they are volunteers who invest their time in explaining the history of Cairns. Very reasonable price.

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Reviewed March 13, 2018 via mobile

Really friendly staff great guided tours available located right in the heart of Cairns CBD. So glad I went hear great historical collection with loads of photos deffiently a great place to learn about Cairns I recommend having 1.5 hours to spare.

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Reviewed March 13, 2018

I fell in love with this place... If you want to actually learn something on your travels go see the ladies they are just barrels full of knowledge and great for a laugh too. Cairns history is very significant to the local people and who...More

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