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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: $15
  • Child (under 14): $6
  • Family (2 adults + 2 children): $30
  • Concession: $12
  • Members/Annual Pass: 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: $27
  • Family: $44
  • Student: $22

News By Cairns Museum

Cairns Museum Temporary Gallery Toad Vs Beetle

Bufo Marinus

By Cairns Museum

08 Jul 2020

Cairns Museum new Temporary Gallery Exhibition - Toad Vs Beetle


PADDY BETHEL: AN EARLY NORTH QUEENSLAND PIONEER OF TRANSPORT AND HAULAGE

PADDY BETHEL: AN EARLY NORTH QUEENSLAND PIONEER OF TRANSPORT AND HAULAGE

By Cairns Museum

31 Oct 2018

Clive Skarott AM



On March 5th 1901, the year Australia became a Federation, at Mareeba, a son was born to James and

Frances Emily Bethel (nee Williams) of Biboohra. The fourth child, but first son, was named James Patrick

(later popularly known as Paddy Bethel). He was a twin and his sister twin was Florence (Florrie) who

became the wife of Patrick (Paddy) Lynch of Mareeba. Paddy Bethel was to become one of North

Queensland’s trail blazer haulage and transport contractors.

 


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Cairns Museum Reviews

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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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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.


Cairns Museum

Cnr Lake and Shields Streets Cairns QLD 4870


Direct Contact Info

Hours: Mon - Sat: 10:00AM - 4:00PM

Address:
93-105 Lake Street
Cairns


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