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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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do not waste your time if you have kids

very small museum; main theme is Cairns history. so if you are not that into Cairns history then... read more

Reviewed 9 October 2017
Angel Y
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Melbourne, Australia
Brand new museum full of local history.

Spent an hour at the museum last week and learned lots about the history of Cairns and its people... read more

Reviewed 4 October 2017
Barbaramcw
,
Greater Melbourne, 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 reopened in 2017 after a major renovation. The Cairns Museum now 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.
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| School of Arts Building, Cnr Lake and Shields Streets, Cairns, Queensland 4870, Australia
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Reviewed 9 October 2017

very small museum; main theme is Cairns history. so if you are not that into Cairns history then perhaps you can find better places to spend your holiday time.More

Thank Angel Y
Cairns M, Manager at Cairns Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 13 October 2017

We are sorry the Museum did not engage your children but thank you for raising the red flag. We have worked hard to ensure that each of our 5 galleries has some interactivity and appropriate viewpoints for kids, and we have had positive feedback from...More

Reviewed 4 October 2017

Spent an hour at the museum last week and learned lots about the history of Cairns and its people. The building is fresh and new...opened 3 months ago. It holds many artefacts with detailed info. The verandah area is lovely and has colouring activities for...More

Thank Barbaramcw
Reviewed 30 September 2017 via mobile

This has to be one of the best planned museums I have been to. Only opened in July this year so all fresh and new. Friendly staff and they do offer guided tours. Cost of entry is $10. You take the lift to the top...More

Thank 54clare
Reviewed 21 September 2017

So full of information and all presented in a very entertaining way. The volunteer staff are amazing. I loved it xx

Thank spymyart
Cairns M, Manager at Cairns Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 23 September 2017

Thanks spymart - really glad you enjoyed it. I will make sure the volunteers get your feedback.

Reviewed 12 September 2017

Excellent and a must visit especially if your family originally come from Cairns. My husband has an interesting one as his mother's family came in the middle 1800, s and she went to Cooktown convent. Thieles and Burman. They are very helpful with photos to...More

Thank Susie M
Reviewed 6 September 2017

This museum has recently reopened are a revamp. It was a small interesting before ... now it's a great little museum. Well laid out, lots of interesting displays. Well worth a visit.

1  Thank DRandMS
Reviewed 31 August 2017

I've visited museums all over Australia, New York, New Zealand, Philadelphia and the UK and this one stands among the best. Admittedly it is hard to find, I had traversed the streets of Cairns, map in hand several days before I stumbled across it by...More

1  Thank Lynda B
Cairns M, Manager at Cairns Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 23 September 2017

Thanks Lynda B. We are definitely working on the signage!

Reviewed 27 August 2017

It's always good to start off a holiday at the local museum. You need to know the back story of a place to really appreciate what is there now. This little museum is a gem. It's well set out and easy to access, being in...More

1  Thank DianneManning
Reviewed 9 August 2017

The museum has recently re-opened (Jul 17) in it’s new home at the renovated Cairns School of Arts Building on the corner of Shields and Lake Streets, in the middle of Cairns. It’s a wonderful little museum that will intrigue and fascinate, but will not...More

2  Thank Artfornodriving
Reviewed 9 August 2017

The recently opened Cairns Museum is well worth a visit, with its interesting and informative displays on the history of Cairns from the indigenous settlement to the modern day. The displays in this beautiful old building were very personalised - we learnt about the early...More

1  Thank Mary23Australia
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