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Cairns Museum

Closed Now: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Open today: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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Excellent history of Cairns

Well set up Museum, has been extended and modernised in the last few years and has a comprehensive... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
crisjoy
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Sydney, Australia
Isabelle

A museum to be recommended to all our visitors domestic and international! A amazing curator... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Isabelle R
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Cairns, 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 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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+61 7 4051 5582
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Well set up Museum, has been extended and modernised in the last few years and has a comprehensive display of Cairns history from settlement to now. A really good staff happy to spend time explaining exhibits and telling stories to make sure you don’t miss...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank crisjoy
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

A museum to be recommended to all our visitors domestic and international! A amazing curator, devoted staff, explicit display and an adequate location.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Isabelle R
Cairns M, Manager at Cairns Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thanks Isabelle. Our staff and volunteers love hosting visitors and offering them a genuine local experience. Come back!

Reviewed 31 October 2018

Well presented displays tell of how Cairns developed and give in depth descriptions of a wide variety of people who lived there and their many contributions to the town history.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank doralei
Cairns M, Manager at Cairns Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 2 November 2018

Thanks doralei .. there's plenty to tell and we're glad you enjoyed your time with us (out of the heat too ;)

Reviewed 12 October 2018

A most interesting display of artefacts of Cairns’ life before and after settlement. Mitchell was a most knowledgeable guide, Thankyou.

Date of experience: October 2018
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Cairns M, Manager at Cairns Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 15 October 2018

Thanks Anita. Our guides really do put in the work to learn and share the stories of Cairns. Mitchell will be stoked!

Reviewed 11 October 2018 via mobile

I visited the museum when I first arrived in Cairns and I’m not disappointed. Well furnished with nice displays and historical objects, it was a pleasure to go through Cairns history. The staff is great and brings really welcomed additional comments through the visit. And...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Cairns M, Manager at Cairns Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 13 October 2018

Thanks Passengers815082. We love sharing our gorgeous space with visitors and are more than happy to extend tickets to fit with a busy program - we know fitting everything in can be a challenge in tropical north Queensland! Safe travels.

Reviewed 4 October 2018 via mobile

The museum is well organised with its displays over 3 levels. We found the staff to be incredibly enthusiastic. They have a lot of knowledge and their love of Cairns is apparent in their eagerness to answer any questions and to explain more on the...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Maxwell C
Cairns M, Manager at Cairns Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 6 October 2018

Thanks Maxwell C - Glad you enjoyed your time with the volunteers. They really do love Cairns - as you noticed ;)

Reviewed 28 September 2018 via mobile

After recently moving back to Cairns and having a love of local history and Indigenous history, I've been dying to come back to the museum. After ten years it has grown and it's amazing! Whether you are a tourist, Cairns history buff or a local...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Tennille C
Cairns M, Manager at Cairns Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 1 October 2018

Wow! Welcome aboard Tennille C - we're thrilled to have you as part of our local family.

Reviewed 18 September 2018

We easily spent two hours engrossed in the displays spread over three levels. The written information was very informative and pulled together the photos and objects on display. Unlike any museum we had attended before and well worth a look for low admission price. The...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Cairns M, Manager at Cairns Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 20 September 2018

Thanks for taking the time deniseharvey - will pass the feedback onto our volunteers.

Reviewed 16 September 2018

This is a small but well presented museum which tells stories about the history of the area particularly well through individual stories. There's good information about the indigenous people and there's no attempt to gloss over the challenges that people who weren't white experienced during...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Ann T
Cairns M, Manager at Cairns Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 18 September 2018

Thanks Ann T for taking the time.

Reviewed 7 September 2018

It's not a big museum but it's very easy to take in all it offers. It really is worth a visit. The staff were very friendly.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Vari B
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