Cairns Museum


The new Cairns Museum is great.

In the same building as the old museum was,



... the building of the School of Arts,


... the new one opened in 2017.

cairns museum

It is a beautiful and interesting one,

cairns museum reception

... and to understand it better, you need to start at the top level.

cairns museum top level

Top Level - Cairns Timeline and People's Stories

On the top level, is the timeline,

cairns museum timeline

... the local indigenous dispalys,

cairns museum indigenous display cairns museum aboriginal information
cairns museum indigenous information cairns museum aboriginal display

... the local pioneer displays,

cairns museum pioneer display

... and the local people's stories.

cairns museum people cairns museum rossi family

The timline is a bit of a summary of what level two will go into deeper.

cairns museum display

One level down, there are two sections - the Old Cairns, and the Changing Cairns.

cairns museum second level

As you step in, you can see the inside of the old building's wall.

Cairns Museum - Second Level - Old Cairns

The Old Cairns is about the city before tourism (which changed Cairns a lot).

cairns museum old cairns

The seafarers before the roads were built,

cairns museum seafarers

... the first settlers,

cairns museum first settlers

... who had to adapt to the tropical climate with wet seasons and cyclones,

cairns museum cyclones

... plus - not only sharks and snakes, but also poisonous jellyfish and crocodiles

cairns museum dangerous animals

There was navigating the Great Barrier Reef,

cairns museum reef

... and the roads were so rough that Cairns was a frontier town in uncertainty whether it would even survive.

cairns museum roads

Some of the first industries was sugar cane, which is still big in the area.

cairns museum sugar cane

There was also the timber from the tropical rainforest,

cairns museum dredging cairns museum timber

... and dredging and wharves works.

cairns museum wharf works

There is the beautiful verandah with views over the central streets,

cairns museum verandah cairns museum views

... and a movie about wet seasons and cyclones.

Cairns Museum - Second Level - Cairns Changing

On the opposite side on the same level, is the Changing Cairns, and changing it was by tourism.

cairns museum changing cairns

There are three sections: 1900-1945, 1945-1980, and the 1980 onwards.

Cairns Museum - 1900-1945

People started wanting to see the tropical north, the Great Barrier Reef, and railway was built, even taking people up the hill to Kuranda.

cairns museum 1900-1945 cairns museum tourism

Cruising also became popular, and as you can see if you know Cairns, two cruiser ships - Manoora and Manunda - later managed to name two Cairns suburbs.

cairns museum cruiser ship

But then became the Second World War, and there is a display on that, too.

cairns museum second world war

After the war, there was a wave of immigrants from Europe, shaping Cairns further.

Cairns Museum - 1945-1980

Road, rail and air travel developed, pulling more tourists than the cruising did.

cairns museum 1945-1980

More tourist attractions and infrastructure were built, such as motels along Sheridan Street and Green Island's Marineland Melanesia.

cairns museum big fish cairns museum marineland melanesia

Souvenir trade also evolved with new products with the colours of the tropics.

Cairns Museum - 1980 Onwards

A big thing in the 1980s was the building of the Cairns International Airport.

cairns museum 1980 onwards

Now, not only the Australians from the rest of the country, but also Europeans, Americans, Japanese and other international travellers started coming to the tropical destination.

cairns museum international airport

Skyrail and Tjapukai were built, reef tours reached the outer GBR, and in 2003, Cairns got its foreshore swimming lagoon.

Cairns Museum Ground Level - Exhibitions

And finally, the ground level - there are exhibitions - this one was about shells :-)

cairns museum ground level cairns museum exhibition-shells
cairns museum shell exhibition cairns museum exhibition





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