Cairns Museum tells the Cairns story with passion and playfulness – fitting for this frontier town located in Australia’s tropical Far North. Recapping the region’s stories in a contemporary manner, the museum makes history fun. The Museum has five galleries with accounts of the Bama Traditional Owners, the sugar cane industry, tourism development, the good, the bad and the ugly of living in the tropics, the reef and rainforest and of course weather – specifically cyclones. Its remarkable permanent collection is matched by temporary exhibitions and collaborations to extend the museum’s coverage of the city’s past and present.

* From the 17 December 2021, all visitors aged over 16 will be required to show proof of vaccination to enter the Cairns Museum


Opening Hours

Monday to Saturday

10am – 4pm

The Museum is an All Person Access attraction.

The Museum is closed Sundays, Christmas Day, New Years Day and Good Friday.

The Cairns Historical Society Research Centre is closed weekends and all public holidays. 

Admission Prices

Adult: $15

Child (under 14): $6

Family (2 parents or grandparents + 2 kids): $30

Concession: $12

Cairns Historical Society / Cairns Museum Members : FREE


*From the 17 December 2021, all visitors aged over 16 will be required to show proof of vaccination to enter the Cairns Museum


A Cairns Museum Annual Pass / Cairns Historical Society Membership will give you free, unlimited general entry to Cairns Museum and the Research Centre, special offers and exclusive events.

Membership Fees:
Individual: $27
Family: $44
Student: $22


Vaccination Status

From 17 December 2021, all visitors aged over 16 years will have to show proof of vaccination as a condition of entry to the Cairns Museum and Cairns Historical Society


    Visitor Safety

  • Please do not visit the Museum or Society if you have any symptoms potentially consistent with Covid-19
  • Hand sanitiser is available for use at the entrance to the Museum
  • Staff and visitors are asked to respect physical distancing directives • Visitor numbers are monitored to comply with Qld Health advice
  • Additional cleaning of high-touch surfaces is being carried out
  • Visitors may be turned away to prevent overcrowding
  • We are using a booking system for our Research Centre - please call us on (07) 4051 5582 or email to book
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    Getting Here & Parking

    The Cairns Museum is two blocks walk from Cairns Esplanade and the Cairns Cruise Liner Terminal

    Cnr Lake and Shields Streets, Cairns (Located within) Cairns School of Arts building

    Cairns has a mix of paid and free on-street parking so please check the signs carefully. Regulated parking hours in the Cairns CBD are between 8.30am and 6pm, Monday to Friday, and 8.30am to 2pm on Saturdays. Council generally charges $1.80 per hour for its on street and off-street parking.


    Our booking and enquiries team is available 10am to 4pm, Monday to Friday: