EXHIBITIONS: LIVING IN THE TROPICS

Showcasing the collections held by the Cairns Historic Society, Cairns Museum has four permanent galleries.
Gallery 1: A timeline of Cairns from its Aboriginal Traditional Owners to the dynamic modern city of today
Gallery 2: How Cairns was carved out of swamps and steamy jungle through hard work and industry by people from all over the world
Gallery 3: A fun look at living in the tropics – our locals come in all shapes and sizes and personalities
Gallery 4: Cairns in transition from small tropical port to tourist hot spot
Explore the history of tropical life at the Cairns Museum. Family friendly, air-conditioned and free wi-fi.
Cairns Over Time
CURRENT EXHIBITION - GALLERY 1

Cairns Over Time

Here you will find the story of Cairns told through the lives of locals, including Cairns Traditional Owners. It’s the tales of our city – the good, the bad and the downright troppo.

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Old Cairns
CURRENT EXHIBITION - GALLERY 2

Old Cairns

Swamps, sweat and sugar. How a port town was imposed on a steamy tropical landscape and the industries that made it prosper.

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Living in the Tropics
CURRENT EXHIBITION - GALLERY 3

Living in the Tropics

Hang out with the locals – including the unwelcome ones! A playful look at what makes life different in the tropical climate.

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Changing Cairns
CURRENT EXHIBITION - GALLERY 4

Changing Cairns

The transformation of a small tropical port to an international tourist city. How travellers have found their way here and how locals have changed their town.

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The Verandah
CURRENT EXHIBITION

The Verandah

Relax and watch the passing parade from a genuine tropical verandah. Enjoy the cool breeze and try your hand at a game of chess.

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School of Arts
CURRENT EXHIBITION

School of Arts

Step back into a recreation of the 1907 School of Arts, with its curious collections and photo tables for exploration.

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Anzac Day WWI Tribute
ONLINE ONLY EXHIBITION

Anzac Day WWI Tribute

As an Anzac Day tribute we are displaying a small selection of WorldWar I photos from the Cairns Historical Society collection. Lest we forget.

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The Trouble with Parting
TEMPORARY EXHIBITION

The Trouble with Parting

Have you ever donated something to a museum?  Had it been in your family for ages and did you feel too guilty to throw it out?

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Reef Productions
ONLINE ONLY EXHIBITION

Reef Productions

This online exhibition is an extension of the Temporary Exhibition Cairns Museum, which ran from May to August, 2021

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