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Cairns Museum: Tours & Tickets

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Open today: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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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...more
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Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
City Pl Shields St | School of Arts Building, Cnr Lake and Shields Streets, Cairns, Queensland 4870, Australia
+61 7 4051 5582
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Good collection of artifacts and foor information of now and then. Walked around for some time and was impressed with what they had to offer.

Date of experience: August 2019
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I was just wandering round the streets of Cairns when I stumbled across this place and I had three hours of interest here. The voluntary guides are awesome too.

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank Cliff B
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We were told that we wouldn’t be able to find any descent food at 11pm but they were wrong. We had three different burgers and each one was delicious. We were even able to have a beer and meet up with some friends.

Date of experience: September 2019
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Reviewed 4 September 2019

Interested in the HISTORY of Cairns, then you should make time to go check it out … super interesting and very helpful assistants there.

Date of experience: May 2019
Thank Emma V
Reviewed 1 September 2019 via mobile

Museum showed history of Cairns and how it has grown especially after the International Airport opened. Staff were very knowledgable and were eager to pass on the history of the items in the museum. We also took our own lunch and enjoyed having it on...More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank Lee N
Reviewed 27 August 2019

An excellent museum presented in a contemporary manner. Give me a good overview of the history of Cairns. Very pleasant and knowledgeable volunteers who are very willing to tell you more about the history. Recommended to start on the top floor and worh your way...More

Date of experience: August 2019
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Reviewed 24 August 2019

After moving from Sydney to Cairns permanently over a year ago it was time to visit Cairns Museum & called in on Friday 23/08/19. The Museum entrance fee cost AUD $15.00 & I'm made very welcome by staff. The Museum is displayed on three levels...More

Date of experience: August 2019
Reviewed 18 August 2019 via mobile

A great display of how Cairns timeline has progressed, I learnt many things I would’ve otherwise had no clue about. Could’ve stayed for hours longer and soaked up the history. Staff were very helpful and friendly.

Date of experience: August 2019
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Reviewed 16 August 2019

This was a good experience to understand how Cairns came to Life and to understand why it still exist today. Well wort a visit.

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank John_Ege
Reviewed 15 August 2019 via mobile

We went into the museum and were greeted by friendly faces, all volunteers. On starting the visit we were offered a highlights tour of the first gallery by a very knowledgeable lady. She bought the exhibition to life. On moving downstairs we were passed to...More

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