Cairns Museum
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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
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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 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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from S$13.88
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scvrose
Fiddletown, CA1,009 contributions
Nov 2022
We stopped by here while walking around town. Not large but does cover the subjects of cairns from the beginning and its history. Worth a visit.
Written 18 November 2022
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Tour06285065148
9 contributions
Nov 2022 • Friends
We enjoyed our visit. There was a lot of well laid out information and very nice toilets. The staff and volunteers are chatty and very friendly. Excellent gift shop.
Written 15 November 2022
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Teresa K
Adelaide, Australia71 contributions
Sep 2022 • Solo
Great place to visit and learn about the history of Cairns and the significant people who have helped to shape it into what it is today.
Written 29 September 2022
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Travelgypsyisme
Cairns, Australia673 contributions
Mar 2022
As a local to Cairns I love our history. The museum has different exhibits so it's not always the same. If you are looking for something in particular make sure you ask the staff as there is a lot more behind the scenes that you don't see.
It's also a fabulous wet weather activity, which there isn't much of in Cairns.
Written 25 September 2022
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Tumblong
Canberra, Australia38 contributions
Aug 2022
An absolutely amazing museum with so much insight into the history of Cairns. We would happily have spent more time there and it would be a great place to take kids too. Lovely views from the balcony too. Definitely worth a visit.
Written 17 September 2022
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dge73760
Melbourne, Australia6 contributions
Sep 2022
Information and exhibits were really well organized, it was very interesting to learn about some of the characters and history of Cairns.
Written 6 September 2022
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007John007828
Queanbeyan, Australia135 contributions
Aug 2022 • Solo
Friendly staff, information of the past is very interesting. Only small a lot to see. How people survive in harsh environment .
Written 24 August 2022
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Murphy002
Bentleigh, Australia18 contributions
Aug 2022
Such a great place to visit during holiday in Cairns. Central location, Friendly and informative staff, 2 floors of fascinating displays containing a varied and historic items. Lots of hands on displays that kids would enjoy! Check out the verandah, amazing space to sit and relax. It is a bonus that you can leave museum to grab lunch or a coffee and then return to finish viewing. Lift to upper floors makes life easier too. Highly recommended.
Written 23 August 2022
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Hitchiker_bear
Country Victoria, Australia697 contributions
Jul 2022
The Museum in the old School of Arts building, encompasses an extremely wide-ranging image of Cairns City, the surrounding environment and development from a mangrove encircled backwater to a modern Aussie city.
Past residents who lived and grew up through the early development of the Township of Cairns, should also visit the miniature historical handcrafted display of old Cairns; this is located in the Pier Market Place on the Cairns Waterfront. The display of old buildings still remaining today and some gone forever, is hand crafted, painstaking detail and accuracy. Entry free as is the nostalgia this display provokes in older ex-residents .
Written 1 August 2022
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Sandi T
Melbourne, Australia53 contributions
Jul 2022
This museum is full of cultural history which was very informatiive and eye opening in understanding Cairns back ground
Written 24 July 2022
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Thank you for your positive feedback
Written 25 July 2022
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CAIRNS MUSEUM - All You Need to Know BEFORE You Go

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 S$14.34, while a popular guided tour starts around S$22.56 per person. See all 11 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 11 Cairns Museum tickets and tours on Tripadvisor