Offering a snapshot of our fascinating, beautiful, dynamic frontier region and its people, Cairns Museum’s incredible collection holds the secrets and memories of the people, places, events and changing environment of Far North Queensland.

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Plan your visit with useful information on what to do, where to find us and opening times


Learn, play, explore and be excited at Cairns Museum with interactive, engaging and fun displays.

kids & families

Keep the kids entertained with Cairns Museum’s great range of inclusive kids and family activities.


Making history accessible for current and future generations. The Cairns Historical Society has nurtured the collections on display at Cairns Museum, led research into the region’s past and continues to preserve this remarkable history for generations to come.


historical image of two men laughing and wearing hard hats in front of wallpaper
historical image of street parade float made to look like a marlin, with women dressed in blue and silver
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The Cairns Museum has amazing stories to share about living in the tropics.

Stories of heat, sweat and hard work. Of cane, railways, rainforests and reefs. Of White Australia, Aboriginal resistance and European isolation. Tales of tourists, hippies and local celebrations, amidst humidity, cyclones, toads, mould and mozzies.

Come in and discover the real Cairns!
two girls looking through vintage toy binoculars as part of an interactive display
wooden carriage wheel on display amongst historical images

Acknowledgement of Country

The Cairns Historical Society and Cairns Museum respectfully acknowledge the Traditional Owners of the lands on which we stand, and we extend our respect to all First Nations Peoples across Cairns, Far North Queensland and the Torres Strait.