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Cairns Museum Local Year Pass | From $ 25

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Cairns Museum Local Year Pass includes free membership to the Cairns Historical Society plus all these benefits

• Free entry to the Cairns Museum for the named member
• Free access to the Research Centre
• Monthly Members Only e-bulletins o... More
Cairns Museum Local Year Pass includes free membership to the Cairns Historical Society plus all these benefits

• Free entry to the Cairns Museum for the named member
• Free access to the Research Centre
• Monthly Members Only e-bulletins of local history
Bi-Monthly eNewsletter to keep up to date with Society matters, events and activities occurring at the Museum
• Invitations to Cairns Historical Society and Cairns Museum Exhibitions, excursions and Events

Individual: $25
Family: $40
Organisations & Corporates: $55
Student: $20

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About Cairns Museum

CAIRNS MUSEUM

MUSEUM + HISTORICAL SOCIETY

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.

The Cairns Museum showcases the Cairns Historical Society’s amazing collection of objects, photographs and archival records. This collection holds the secrets and memories of the people, places, events and changing the environment of Cairns and Far North Queensland.

Come in and discover the real Cairns! 

ADMISSION PRICES

  • Adult: $10
  • Child (under 14): $5
  • Family (2 parents or grandparents + 3 kids): $25
  • Pensioner/Senior/Concession: $8
  • Members: FREE

CAIRNS HISTORICAL SOCIETY

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

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 need to visit the Cairns Museum and the CHS Research Centre at the Cairns School of Arts

MEMBERSHIP

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.

CHS MEMBERS RECEIVE:

  • 12 months free entry to the Cairns Museum
  • 12 months free access to the Research Centre
  • Monthly bulletins of local history
  • Bi-monthly newsletters to keep up to date with Society matters
  • Invitations to all CHS events and excursions

CURRENT MEMBERSHIP FEES ARE:

  • Individual: $25
  • Family: $40
  • Student: $20

News By Cairns Museum

Chinese Treasures On Show for Chinese New Year 2018

Lit Sung Goong Cairns

By Cairns Museum

12 Feb 2018

Rare and precious objects from Cairns’ pioneering Chinese history will be unveiled for a special Cairns Museum exhibition, as part of the Great Barrier Reef Chinese New Year Festival.

The exhibition ‘Deep Roots: understanding the Lit Sung Goong and the Temple Collection’, a collaboration between the Cairns Historical Society and the Cairns and District Chinese Association Inc. will feature items from the nationally significant Lit Sung Goong Collection, many of which have not been exhibited in Cairns since 2005.

Museum Manager Suzanne Gibson says the collection is one of Cairns’ heritage treasures.
‘The Lit Sung Goong in Grafton Street was a tiny place, less than half the width of a tennis court, but it played a big part in the life of the Chinese community in Cairns for over 80 years. As well as a place of prayer, divination and feasts, it was also a meeting place, a business place and a community centre’, she said.

‘The exhibition will feature rare objects and images that reflect all these aspects of the Lit Sung Goong.’

CADCAI Heritage Coordinator Mary Low says the exhibition is an opportunity to showcase the recent work of CADCAI volunteers

‘The Lit Sung Goong Collection reflects late 19th Century Chinese culture, which was rich in Confucian, Taoist and Buddhist traditions’, she said.

‘The artefacts are highly decorated with the symbols of these great philosophies, often together, and decoding the meanings contained in the works is a task some of our volunteers have been focussing on. The exhibition will showcase their work and what it reveals of the life of our Chinese pioneers’.

‘Deep Roots: understanding the Lit Sung Goong and the Temple Collection’, will open to the public on Sat 17th February and run through to May at the Cairns Museum Temporary Exhibition Gallery.


‘Deep Roots: understanding the Lit Sung Goong and the Temple Collection’ is supported by the Queensland Government and Cairns Regional Council through the Regional Arts Development Fund; by the Great Barrier Reef Chinese New Year Festival, CADCAI and the Cairns Historical Society.
Contact & Comment: (over)

Suzanne Gibson: Manager Cairns Museum
4051 5582 / 0413 88 5159
Mary Low: CADCAI Heritage Coordinator
4032 3364 /0406342703
LR images supplied and HR versions supplied on request.

Christmas Party & Exhibition Opening

Christmas Party & Exhibition Opening

By Cairns Museum

21 Dec 2017

Cairns Historical Society & Cairns Museum Christmas Party on 14th December saw over 100 Members, Patrons, Sponsors, Volunteers and Staff viewing the newest Temporary Exhibition "Water, Water Everywhere" while listening to the gorgeous harmonies of the Soul Sisters, as they performed a set of Christmas carols.

The party continued upstairs on the School of Arts balcony overlooking the city place. The entertainment continued with Maggie Helena providing background carols and The Cotton Club providing canapes and drinks.

Prizes were drawn, photos were taken and a fun night was had by all!

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Cairns Museum Reviews

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0 Lisa L

If you would like a really authentic museum experience this is where you will get it! The tour guides are as old as the exhibits and brimming with actual knowledge and experience of the pieces they love to educate about.

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0 Gordon G

The museum is currently being refurbished and re-opens in 2017 with new displays but the collections are still available for research. The society has one of the most extensive photographic collections of any regional museum/ historical society. The range of other documentary material is also impressive for local history buffs. Volunteers do an incredible job at helping gather material.


How to get to Cairns Museum

Cnr Lake and Shields Streets Cairns QLD 4870


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