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Cairns Historical Society Museum

School of Arts Building | Cnr Lake and Shields Sts, Cairns, Queensland 4870, Australia
07 4051 5582
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Ranked #17 of 35 attractions in Cairns
Type: Museums
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014 NEW

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
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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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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
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14 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 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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Southend-on-Sea, United Kingdom
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37 reviews 37 reviews
22 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2013

this museum is packed with interesting things that show the rich diverse history of this great area..... from abo art to strange things of interest. just leave a whole day so you can see eveything!!!

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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2013

I spent a lovely afternoon here, a great way to keep out of the sun for a while! The staff there were so nice, it was only a few dollars admission. The museum covers quite a lot of stuff in a small space- farming, WW2, the history of Cairns, Aboriginals, aeroplanes, even medicine and dentistry! It is set in a... More

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Dorset, England.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2013

This was a chance find on our last afternoon in Cairns, and a brilliant one, made special by Cliff, one of the volunteers who staff the museum, who gave us a personal tour of the exhibits, with a hands on demonstraton of aboriginal hunting methods, a WW2 flight simulator and a photo session with sharks jaws and a swordfish -... More

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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2013

We would like to advise the Trip Advisor community that the Cairns Museum is closed until January 2015, while we undertake a major renovation and renewal of the museum displays. We are sorry for any inconvenience and look forward to meeting you when the doors reopen in 2015. Regards Cairns Museum

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2013

Even though they were going to upgrade the building the displays were well spaced out and the stories well written.

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Melbourne, Australia
12 reviews 12 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2013

well laid out venue and great to learn how Cairns came into being and to learn all about the industries that followed on . Well worth the visit

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