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Cairns Historical Society Museum

Address: School of Arts Building | Cnr Lake and Shields Sts, Cairns, Queensland 4870, Australia
Phone Number: 07 4051 5582
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Ranked #37 of 99 things to do in Cairns
Type: History museums, Museums
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Type: History museums, Museums
Mon - Sat 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

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Cairns, Qld
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31 reviews 31 reviews
14 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

Went along as a chaperone with a primary school group thinking this will be boring. Pleasantly surprised. This little hidden gem is well worth a visit and learn all about the regions history!

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Cairns, Australia
3 reviews 3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

The Historical Society Museum is a great place to find out the history of Cairns and the surrounding areas. They have a vast number of artifacts on display and a research library covering all aspects of historical Cairns. The staff are all volunteers and have a great deal of knowledge which they love to impart. Unfortunately only the research section... More 

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Huntington Beach, California
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38 reviews 38 reviews
18 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

It was a little warm in here but good information and the staff was helpful. If it was a little cooler I would have surely stayed longer.

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Tully, Queensland, Australia
Senior Contributor
23 reviews 23 reviews
10 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

If you would like a really authentic museum experience this is where you will get it! The tour guides are as old as the exhibits and brimming with actual knowledge and experience of the pieces they love to educate about. Volunteer run, they are there for the love of it and if you are not in a rush to 'tick... More 

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Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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41 reviews 41 reviews
26 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

We visited this place before July 2013 and forgot to give a rating. They had a open day at the Esplanade with all their museum information. Very friendly people who are volunteers who looked after the place. Unfortunately, there is road works going on at the moment at Lake Street and its so many renovation, hence the place is close... More 

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Brisbane, Australia
12 reviews 12 reviews
7 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

The museum is currently closed. A lovely gentleman directed me to the temporary location, but sadly the very friendly staff informed me that the exhibit is not running, only the research facility. When the museum reopens in a year or more, I'm sure it will be great!

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Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

I took my young children to the museum looking for something to do in town. I was pleasantly suprised by the friendly staff with a depth of knowledge of the exhibits. They made it fun and involved for the kids with shark jaws and the flight simulator. We spent a solid two hours looking around and reading the informative descriptions.... More 

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Sydney, Australia
13 reviews 13 reviews
9 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

Museum closed for reno. Went to library to see old photos which they had in many old travel books/brochures available to handle in reference area. Helpful lass in Reference, lovely old building. Good alternative for history buffs whilst museum closed.

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Honolulu, Hawaii
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123 reviews 123 reviews
13 attraction reviews
82 helpful votes 82 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

Currently being renovated and is not open, except their library services (in another location). By the look of things, that is an optimistic date.

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Adelaide, Australia
Top Contributor
56 reviews 56 reviews
30 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2014

Not originally planned on the to do list but glad we made the effort, full of local history which gave a great insite into the area, hardships and achievements. It contained many unusual items from the past. Worth spending an hour or so here.

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