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Cairns Regional Gallery

Address: Cnr Abbott & Shields Streets, Cairns, Queensland 4870, Australia
Phone Number: +61 7 4046 4800
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Ranked #36 of 99 things to do in Cairns
Type: Art galleries, Shopping & Fashion, Museums
Owner description: Housed in a landmark heritage building the Cairns Regional Gallery is the region's premier...
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Type: Art galleries, Shopping & Fashion, Museums
Hours:
Sun 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Mon - Fri 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Owner description: Housed in a landmark heritage building the Cairns Regional Gallery is the region's premier destination for exhibitions featuring historical and contemporary art by leading regional, national and international artists. The Gallery also presents exhibitions highlighting key works and themes from the permanent collection that focus on the unique cultural heritage of Far North Queensland. Throughout the year the Gallery presents a range of creative learning programs for audiences of diverse ages and backgrounds including art classes, talks and events that relate to exhibitions and the permanent collection.

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Norfolk, Virginia
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62 reviews 62 reviews
29 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015 NEW

I really liked this gallery. The exhibits are contemporary/cutting edge and the historical building (an old courthouse) is beautifully adapted & restored.

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Vancouver Island, Canada
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

We like to check out museum and gallery shops when we travel and this one is a winner. A very nicely chosen selection. Interesting items - highlighting local talent, keeping an Aussie style without being too obvious about it. A variety of items from large to small - easy to pack! It was nice to find a place that wasn't... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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57 reviews 57 reviews
40 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2014

Went to the exhibition "Big Boys Toys" thinking that it was a car exhibition but realised it was an exhibition on cars made out of moulded plastic. Also enjoyed another exhibition on dogs but that was about it for the $5 entry fee. Can't take photos inside so I'm wondering how come the album for this attraction has so many... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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64 reviews 64 reviews
33 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014

We randomly stopped by here and thought it was a really cute museum that features various types of modern art. It's a good place to stop by if you have some time to see more of cairns other than just the boardwalk.

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Cairns, Australia
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17 reviews 17 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014

It's small and in a historic building. The building itself is interesting. The gift shop is a bit expensive but the items are interesting. The exhibits are often emerging local artists (on the top floor), Australian 'big names' and touring exhibitions. Check for the free admissions days.

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Eastbourne, United Kingdom
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6 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014

Good exhibition of artists with a connection to Cairns. Stephen Bowers: Beyond Bravura Jam Factory, and Searching for Hells Gate: Percy Trezise, Goobalathaldin Dick Roughsey and Ray Crooke, were particularly outstanding

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Perth, Australia
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24 reviews 24 reviews
8 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014

A lovely gallery set in an old building - we enjoyed the local pottery exhibition as well as a travelling exhibition and two other excellent ones. An air-conditioned oasis well worth a visit

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Cairns Region, Australia
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14 reviews 14 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014

Very different and varied artists, some challenging. Always interesting to browse the many nooks and crannies with many rooms and artists of all types and designs.

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Toowoomba, Australia
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014

9 year old was very underwhelmed with a visit to the art gallery when he was tired, hot and cranky. The best thing about it in his opinion was the ceiling which when I took the time to look up was actually very intricate and the building itself had lovely architecture. Loved the exhibits and as we continued up to... More 

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Hobart
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

This is an interesting gallery although not overly large and is located in Cairns CBD. Ideally situated for us. There are 3 levels but there were quite a few visiting exhibitions which filled up most of the gallery. I would have preferred to see more local artists featured. I liked "Searching for Hells Gates" and it was a great story... More 

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