The heritage adaptation of Cairns oldest public building, the School of Arts, has seen it restored to reflect its original appearance. A new street-front extension now houses the Cairns Museum. The building occupies a focal corner of what is known as City Place, the historical heart of the Cairns CBD. The design approach to this project began with the idea of this central streetscape as a living museum.
The School of Arts, constructed in 1907, had undergone a series of extensions throughout its history in response to the city’s changing needs. An opportunity existed to uncover this story about the growth and development of Cairns by restoring the integrity of each successive extension. The new Cairns Museum wing was conceived as the latest chapter in the story.
What's Open: The Cairns Museum at the School of Arts Building by Total Project Group Architects
Where: Corner Lake and Shields St 93-105 Lake Street, Cairns 4870
Tour Type: Guided tours will leave from the Shields Street entrance to the Cairns Museum at 2pm & 3pm.
Cost: Access to the Cairns Museum is available for a discounted entry fee of $8. Please purchase the tickets prior to joining your guided tour.
Building Type: Heritage
Facilities: Lift Access
Years Built: 1907,1932,1939,2016
Heritage Listed: Yes