Cairns Museum

Cairns Museum: Hours, Address, Cairns Museum Reviews: 4.5/5

Cairns Museum
4.5
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
About
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.
Suggested duration
1-2 hours
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Admission tickets
from A$15.00
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shasy2
Sheffield, Tasmania, Australia32 contributions
very informative
Jul. 2021
had a guided tour and our guide was super imformative and made it all so much better than just a look
Written 14 July 2021
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Austraveller92
Brisbane, Australia50 contributions
Great attraction
Jul. 2021 • Couples
We visited today as part of a tour. Dee and Judy, the volunteer tour guides, were very knowledgeable. The exhibitions were really well displayed with lots of historical information. The building is easy to navigate around and centrally located. It was a really enjoyable experience.
Written 13 July 2021
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Joanne P
Sydney, Australia23 contributions
Really enjoyable visit
Jun. 2021 • Couples
Read the good reviews and thought we would go. And we really enjoyed it! Interesting stories, broad scope & well set out.
Written 10 July 2021
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Dilatham
Melbourne, Australia71 contributions
Fascinating and educational.
Jun. 2021 • Couples
What a great museum!
It was really well laid out with heaps of information for each display.
It was fascinating to learn all about the history of Cairns.
Highly recommend this museum.
Loved the beautiful verandah where we sat and ate our lunch.
Written 29 June 2021
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Excursion54076220539
Thank you for taking the time to review us. We are so glad you enjoyed your visit to the Cairns Museum. We look forward to welcoming you back one day.
Written 5 July 2021
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Kufunda
Harare, Zimbabwe307 contributions
Down memory lane
Jun. 2021
Very focused on the mixed history of Cairns and its diversity of populations. Lots of memorabilia which was well labelled and displayed. Friendly staff who would encourage me to visit again since it needed more time to absorb the facts.
Written 20 June 2021
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Bronwyn G
Brisbane Region, Australia25 contributions
Great overview of history of Cairns. Well worth a visit!
Jun. 2021 • Friends
Very interesting exhibits about Cairns history and also important people from times gone by. Well set out , friendly helpful staff.
Written 14 June 2021
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Letch_K
Brisbane, Australia29 contributions
A must see for history buffs
Very interesting. I love history and this museum was really relevant to the history of Cairns and how it came to be. This was my first visit to Cairns and I really enjoyed all the exhibits.
Written 11 June 2021
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LyndaPerkins
Brisbane, Australia178 contributions
Family outing
May 2021
My son is a lover of museums and although this is only small it is worth the visit as the people were so interested to explain everything and chat with my son
Written 3 June 2021
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Matt Cornish
Cairns, Australia14 contributions
A great story of our local region.
May 2021
As a Cairns local, it was only a matter of time before I headed to the Cairns Museum to see the local history of our region.

The set up and displays were amazing, briefly taking visitors on a journey through the history of Far North Queensland.

I must note, this is a small museum, as soon as I was immersed in the story and journey, it was over. I will be returning over the next few months to check out any new exhibits.
Written 31 May 2021
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Yvonne D
Adelaide, Australia302 contributions
Interesting exhibits and writings.
May 2021
We were part of a guided tour in the museum but we were given a look into the history of Cairns and surrounds. We could have spent more time there.
Written 30 May 2021
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Frequently Asked Questions about Cairns Museum

Cairns Museum is open:
  • Mon - Sat 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Cairns Museum admission prices can vary. Entrance tickets currently cost AU$15.26, while a popular guided tour starts around AU$40.65 per person. See all 9 Cairns Museum tickets and tours on Tripadvisor

Cairns Museum can be crowded, so we recommend booking e-tickets ahead of time to secure your spot. If you book with Tripadvisor, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund. See all 9 Cairns Museum tickets and tours on Tripadvisor