Cairns Art Gallery
Cairns Art Gallery
4.5
Speciality & Gift ShopsArt GalleriesArt Museums
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
About
Housed in a landmark heritage building the Cairns Art Gallery is the region's premier destination for exhibitions featuring historical and contemporary art by leading regional, national and international artists. The Gallery also presents exhibitions highlighting key works and themes from the permanent collection that focus on the unique cultural heritage of Far North Queensland. Throughout the year the Gallery presents a range of creative learning programs for audiences of diverse ages and backgrounds including art classes, talks and events that relate to exhibitions and the permanent collection.
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Werribee48 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Family
A rainy day and popped in mainly to try to keep dry.
Spent ages looking at the Ellis Rowan Collection, amazing historic impressions of birds, butterflies and plants of northern Australia, and PNG. That is the main part of my rating.
A lot of the other stuff was not to my appeal.
Written 26 December 2023
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Hello , so glad that you enjoyed our beautiful Ellis Rowan works!
Written 14 March 2024
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Melissa D
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023
A beautiful gallery! Great exhibits including limited Warhol and Lichtenstein exhibit. It's also free to visit. Highly recommend!
Written 19 June 2023
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Thanks so much - we are delighted that you enjoyed your visit!
Written 14 March 2024
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MoneyPennye
Melbourne, Australia172 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Couples
We saw there was a Warhol and Lichtenstein exhibition on, so thought a visit would be worth it.
We were surprised there was no entry fee for the Warhol / Lichtenstein exhibition.
All free.
Small exhibition along with a number of other exhibitions made spending an hour there perfect.
Housed in a beautiful old building in the centre of Cairns, a wander through the gallery would always be worthwhile.
Written 29 May 2023
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HDStripad
Australia907 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Solo
The building is beautiful and worth visiting for that alone.
The gallery has travelling exhibitions as well as collections of local artists. I particularly enjoyed and exhibition of photographs of the wedding of an Italian cane cutter to the bride who had travelled alone from Italy to meet and marry him in Cairns.
Written 29 April 2023
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Anventure
Atlanta, GA161 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Friends
Beautiful building and really engaging exhibits. The set up for enjoyment of each piece was really comfortable in that other people were present yet it didn’t feel crowded. The works were set in a way they could be enjoyed from different angles so each attending could fully appreciate the experience. The staff are helpful, welcoming and share great information. This was one of my highlights while visiting Cairns.
Written 12 April 2023
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Squid397
London, UK341 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023
Its three floors are easy to navigate. Good lighting and well-displayed art works. A really good exhibition. We enjoyed our visit.
Written 28 March 2023
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Cricketkris
Boston, MA100 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023
3 floors of intriguing, and well-presented art. Showcasing historical, contemporary, and modern artists from Australia. The works shown were well worth the visit, almost every one. Terrific Museum shop as well. highly recommend.
Written 27 February 2023
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scvrose
Fiddletown, CA1,058 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022
We stopped by here while walking around town. Interesting displays of old and newer art work including some funky dresses. One room leads to the other as you go up and down three flights of stairs to each level.
Written 18 November 2022
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Thanks for the review, we're thrilled you enjoyed your visit.
Written 29 November 2022
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JElliot32
New South Wales, Australia3,909 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022
The Cairns Art Gallery is located in an attractive, historic building close to the Esplanade. While it is set over 3 levels, it is quite small. When we visited the main exhibition was called 'Faceless: Transforming Identity', featuring works that represented some striking interpretations of faces and identity by black artists from Australia and Africa. It was an high-quality exhibition. Admission to the gallery is free and there is also an excellent giftshop on the ground floor.
Written 25 September 2022
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Ed H
10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
Not just the usual dot paintings, but works that combine the history of the people and their experiences in a modern interpretive way. For me it was a truly inspirational experience. You cannot help but fall in love with every one of these works and their authors.
Written 20 August 2022
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