Cairns Art Gallery
Cairns Art Gallery
4.5
Speciality & Gift ShopsArt GalleriesArt Museums
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
About
Housed in a landmark heritage building the Cairns Art 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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matondy
Brisbane, Australia41 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
On a hot humid day the Art Gallery was an absolute pleasure to see. So much that I now have gone another 2 times with family. The artwork was wonderful to view and the three levels where easy to access.
Written February 29, 2020
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Rose H
Australia300 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020 • Couples
The Cairns Art Gallery is housed in a beautiful heritage building which was lovely to see in itself, as well as the exhibitions. It’s a small place but had interesting art, a nice shop and friendly staff. Plus it’s free to enter!
Written September 13, 2020
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G.
Australia273 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021
I loved sauntering through this vibrant and fascinating installation at The Cairns Gallery. The building itself is an 18th century architectural gem and the 'Rituals' collection, currently on offer is nothing short of breath taking. All of the staff were kind and helpful. We thoroughly LOVED our visit to this fantastic gallery!
Written May 17, 2021
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Rotiman1
Sydney, Australia2,010 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022 • Couples
How lucky were we to find the special exhibition The Archie’s - A century of the Archibald Prize at the gallery. The gallery is housed in and old building and is small and accessible. The Archie’s were really well displayed with the perfect balance of information related to the paintings. Being spread over 3 floor meant that you never felt crowded.
The gallery staff at reception were very welcoming and informative.
The gift shop had a good selection of products.
Having Perottas next door was a great bonus, as you could have a coffee break mid way through touring the exhibition.
Written June 8, 2022
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RobGymeaBay
Miranda, Australia466 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
This current exhibition at Cairns Art Gallery in Fair North Queensland celebrating a 100 years of the NSW Art Gallery's Annual Archibald Prize Exhibition. The exhibition features paintings by William Dobel, Wendy and Brett Whitely, Ben Quilty back to the days of the traditional portrait paintings. The Whitley and Quilty paintings are well spending a bit of time to absorb. This exhibition is a credit to this beautiful Regional Cairns Art Gallery. Well done.
Written June 4, 2022
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acorns40
44 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020 • Family
We loved this gallery. It’s a gorgeous building and it has a great little collection, with plenty of indigenous artworks.
We were fortunate to catch the Sidney Nolan exhibition (free). The gallery shop is also excellent.
Written September 25, 2020
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Anita C
6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022
What a wonderful gallery! The Cairns Art Gallery is tiny, but punches way above its weight. It's conveniently located close to the Esplanade and has an excellent cafe on site.

The permanent collection is a wonderful one featuring local and indigenous artists in the beautiful old building. When I was there, they were hosting the "Archie 100: A Century of The Archibald Prize" exhibition, which was truly wonderful (runs till 12 June 2022!). Did I mention that entry was FREE?

The gift shop has a beautiful range of items that are much, much better than most of the crappy souvenirs you'll find elsewhere in the area. However you can enjoy the exhibitions for free, there is no pressure to buy anything, and they also provide a free bag checking service.

The staff were helpful and friendly, and it was lovely to spend an hour or so in this oasis in the middle of Cairns' tourist area.
Written April 26, 2022
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Ed H
10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
Not just the usual dot paintings, but works that combine the history of the people and their experiences in a modern interpretive way. For me it was a truly inspirational experience. You cannot help but fall in love with every one of these works and their authors.
Written August 20, 2022
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Cat J A
Melbourne, Australia421 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2021
Small gallery with limited collection but triumphantly celebrates local art and artists. Beautiful building to explore but not that much to look at. Free entry so finish your visit with a coffee outside at the balcony cafe.
Written January 11, 2021
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Anventure
Atlanta, GA161 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Friends
Beautiful building and really engaging exhibits. The set up for enjoyment of each piece was really comfortable in that other people were present yet it didn’t feel crowded. The works were set in a way they could be enjoyed from different angles so each attending could fully appreciate the experience. The staff are helpful, welcoming and share great information. This was one of my highlights while visiting Cairns.
Written April 12, 2023
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