The Cairns Museum is owned and operated by the Cairns Historical Society.

The Cairns Museum and the Cairns Historical Society Research Centre are located in the Cairns School of Arts building, in the heart of the Cairns CBD. The Society’s extensive archival and photographic collections are open to anyone with a research interest in Cairns or Far North Queensland. If you have an interest in history, you should get in contact.

Bookings are required to visit the Research Centre and access the collection. Email research queries are welcome.

Research Centre Fees increase from 1 July 2022

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Cairns Museum staff member inspecting archive print in Research Centre


Support local history

The Cairns Historical Society is a membership organisation. Your annual membership helps pay for the materials we need to develop, conserve and interpret our nationally significant collection.

Membership Fees:
Individual: $35
Family: $49
Student: $22

  1. 12 months free access to the Research Centre
  2. 12 months free entry to the Cairns Museum
  3. Monthly bulletins of local history
  4. Bi-monthly newsletters to keep up to date with Society matters
  5. Early-bird reservations for events and workshops
  6. Invitations to all CHS and Museum exhibitions, talks and excursions
  7. Invitation to CHS Social Group Meet and Memory Morning Tea held the last Thursday of every Month
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