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Cairns Museum

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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
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City Pl Shields St | School of Arts Building, Cnr Lake and Shields Streets, Cairns, Queensland 4870, Australia
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Reviewed 3 days ago

This museum is small and not really catered towards children - although they do have a 'treasure hunt' which my 3 year old enjoyed. They also have colouring on the verandah, aside from that all the exhibits are geared towards adults or older children. A...More

Date of experience: February 2019
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Reviewed 6 days ago

Cairns museum is really good palce to get interesting stories and stuffs about Cairns. I appreciate exellent explanation by Diane. Thank you :)

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank suzy110000
Cairns M, Manager at Cairns Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Hey suzy110000 - I'm glad our guide made the Museum accessible for you! safe travels.

Reviewed 6 days ago

Visited for a class excursion. Our guide was a volunteer called Diane; we were limited on time but she tried to fit as much in as possible and make it relevant to our subject, she was also so so so passionate, and could have told...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank b33_mari3
Cairns M, Manager at Cairns Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

We love our guides too b33_mari3! They really do bring the Museum to life. Glad you enjoyed your time with us.

Reviewed 6 days ago

Would recommend the great guide Diane, very passionate about her work! Lovely museum for every age.!

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Lovisa F
Cairns M, Manager at Cairns Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Thanks Lovisa F - Diane is one of our team of amazing guides. Glad you had a chance to meet her. Enjoy your time in Far North Queensland.

Reviewed 6 days ago

Diane did an excellent job guiding our class through the museum. Great and interesting information! She kept everyone focused during the whole visit, just by the passion she had for her work.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank julialofis
Cairns M, Manager at Cairns Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Thanks julialofis. Our guides do an amazing job with groups from all over the world. I will make sure Diane hears your feedback. Safe travels

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Very interesting well laid out museum with something for everyone. We spent almost 2 hours here & thought it was excellent.Good coverage of local history & the short initial guide talk was great to get you started in an area that interested you.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank 263sallyr
Cairns M, Manager at Cairns Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thanks 263sarryr .. It's an easy place to spend a couple of hours! Glad you enjoyed our guided introduction. Safe travels and stay dry!

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My husband and I visited the museum to learn more firsthand history of Cairns and the region. We were pleasantly surprised when greeted by a guide who offered to walk us through some of the exhibits. We learned a lot from Marjorie a long time...More

Date of experience: February 2019
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Cairns M, Manager at Cairns Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Ali T we're glad you enjoyed a genuine local experience. We will pass on the complements to Marjorie.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a pleasant modern museum that recounts the history of Cairns. At 10$ a head it is good value.. The staff are excellant and helpful and the exhibits well laid out. There is a lot of photographs and written content. The theme of it...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Cairns M, Manager at Cairns Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hi Norton999 Glad you enjoyed your time with us and explored all 5 galleries so thoroughly. We think we are great value too! We do have children's trails and activity spaces, even for young kids .. throw in a great guide and we can generally...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

By chance my husband and I found this little gem during our recent get away to Cairns. The layout of the museum allows you to walk back through time to experience life in Cairns during it's settlement, and then proceed to more modern times and...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed 16 December 2018 via mobile

Great exhibitions, including local aboriginal art of very high quality. We also enjoyed find out about the history of European enterprise & colonization of the region. Highly recommended for these reasons. Also thanks to the staff who were very responsive to our need for a...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Cairns M, Manager at Cairns Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 18 December 2018

Thanks FrequentFlier645176 - we're always happy to see our wheelchair get used and for everyone to be able to spend time with us. Safe travels.

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