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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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Recently refurbished. Bright, beautifully presented exhibits, fascinating insights. If you like... read more

Reviewed 20 November 2017
Jeanette M
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Cairns, Australia
good museum

We was visit this beautiful new museum and is intersting how many things you can learning of the... read more

Reviewed 11 November 2017
Kelly S
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Puerto Princesa, Philippines
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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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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 20 November 2017

Recently refurbished. Bright, beautifully presented exhibits, fascinating insights. If you like modern Cairns then learning about the history of Cairns is essential.

Thank Jeanette M
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Reviewed 11 November 2017

We was visit this beautiful new museum and is intersting how many things you can learning of the aborigines people that we don't know before

Thank Kelly S
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Reviewed 10 November 2017 via mobile

A nice museum, good information and well presented but we went on 11/11/2017 and arrived just before 11am, a young member of staff was talking to a family but completely ignored the minutes silence. She continued to talk ignoring the announcement for the minutes silence....More

Thank Paul_tyrrell82
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Cairns M, Manager at Cairns Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 12 November 2017

Thank you for the feedback and we will follow up with our Saturday team. As you note we did observe the minutes silence, including an announcement over the PA inviting visitors to join with us on Remembrance Day. There's been a breakdown in communications along...More

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Reviewed 8 November 2017

This museum is relatively new but well worth the couple hours we spent learning about the aborigines and their history. We talked extensively to one of the guide available and learned amazing facts and history of Cairns. Highly recommend a visit.

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Reviewed 5 November 2017

This is a very well laid out museum covering many aspects of Cairns and Region and has some amazing exhibits and stories to share about living in the tropics. The museum invites the visitor to come inside and discover the real Cairns with exhibits telling...More

Thank Dan L
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Reviewed 4 November 2017

So glad we took the time out from the heat and spent couple of hours here. Reminiscing our history. Only new but lots of potential. Please make the effort to see Cairns and its history in this wonderful old building.

Thank Funfoodfavourites
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Reviewed 30 October 2017 via mobile

Lovely regional museum that is beautifully designed and gives a broad and in depth history of this unique part of the world. Loved the beasties wall and quirky verandah space . Authentic view of north QLD without the hype of the tourist industry Definitely worth...More

Thank Deb F
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Reviewed 28 October 2017

It was a rainy day in Cairns, so I thought I would check out the museum as I thought it was free, it wasn't. If it was free my review my rating would have been higher, but I really do not think they should be...More

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Reviewed 15 October 2017

A great afternoon of exploring the history of Cairns. Loved level 2 with all the individual stories being told. Well done to the museum staff.

Thank ronz01
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Cairns M, Manager at Cairns Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 17 October 2017

Thanks for the positive feedback - we really appreciate you taking the time. Will pass it on to the team.

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Reviewed 14 October 2017 via mobile

If you are in town and want to learn more about Cairns and you're into history, the museum is reccomended! The staff/ mesuem guide is very friendly and knowledgeable!! Really modern museum, pretty recently built/ renovated!! Great/ modern decors and full of artefacts!

Thank Didier A
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