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The Western Australian Museum’s long and fascinating history reflects and documents the State’s rich and diverse natural and cultural heritage.
Established in 1891 in the old Perth gaol, it was known as the Geological Museum and its collections were geological, ethnological and biological. In 1897 it officially became the Western Australian Museum and Art Gallery.
During 1959 the botanical collection was transferred to the new Herbarium and the Museum and the Art Gallery became separate institutions. The Museum focussed its collecting and research interests in the areas of natural sciences, anthropology, archaeology and the State’s history. Over the 1960s and 1970s it also began to work in the emerging areas of historic shipwrecks and Aboriginal site management.
Today the Western Australian Museum comprises six public sites and a collection and research centre and houses more than 4.5 million objects from rare fossils to the iconic racing yacht Australia II.
The Museum also manages 200 shipwreck sites of the 1500 known to be located off the WA coast and manages eight Aboriginal land reserves.
Western Australian Museum - Perth
Perth Cultural Centre | Open daily 9:30am - 5pm | 1300 134 081
In a digital age where authenticity is at a premium, the Western Australian Museum’s natural, social and cultural history collections have never been more important as an avenue for exploring our past, determining our place in the world and looking to our future. Share your community’s culture and identity and explore the diversity and creativity of our world through the WA Museum's displays and our program of special exhibitions, events and activities.
The Museum includes the Discovery Centre, which offers the chance to get up close to the Museum’s collections and learn about WA - our environment and our people.
Western Australian Maritime Museum
Victoria Quay, Fremantle | Open daily 9:30am - 5pm | 1300 134 081
Perched on the Indian Ocean's shore, the Western Australian Maritime Museum is symbolic of Fremantle’s past, present and future as a coastal city and port.
The Museum houses several unique galleries that explore WA's relationship with the sea. From leisure boats and handcrafted sailing boats to commercial pearl luggers, the Museum inspires visitors to discover WA’s affinity with the ocean.
The Museum is home to the winning America's Cup yacht, Australia II, an Oberon class submarine — HMAS Ovens, Jon Sanders’ Parry Endeavour and many other iconic vessels from WA's maritime history.
Western Australian Museum - Shipwrecks Galleries
Cliff Street, Fremantle | Open daily 9:30am - 5pm | 1300 134 081
The Western Australian Museum — Shipwreck Galleries is recognised as the foremost maritime archaeology museum in the southern hemisphere.
The Museum is housed in 1850s-era Commissariat building and has since been restored to its historic glory. Steeped in history, the galleries house hundreds of relics from ships wrecked along WA’s treacherous coastline, including the original timbers from the Batavia (wrecked in 1629), the de Vlamingh plate, and also countless artefacts from the Dutch shipwrecks Zuytdorp, Zeewijk and Vergulde Draeck.
Western Australian Museum - Kalgoorlie-Boulder
17 Hannan Street, Kalgoorlie | Open daily 10am - 4:30pm | 9021 8533
The Western Australian Museum — Kalgoorlie-Boulder showcases the rich history of the Eastern Goldfields and the city’s mining heritage.
Discover the unique role the town has played in WA’s development, both as a centre of mining and its place at the edge of the Nullarbor Plain.
Explore the largest display of the State’s collection of gold bars and nuggets, step back in time to see how prospectors searched for this precious metal, and learn about the life and hardships faced by mining families during the early 1900s.
While visiting the Museum enjoy fantastic panoramic views of Kalgoorlie from the Headframe.
Western Australian Museum - Geraldton
1 Museum Place | Open daily 9:30am - 4pm | 9921 5080
Overlooking the Indian Ocean, the Western Australian Museum — Geraldton celebrates the rich heritage of the land, sea and people of the Mid West region.
Enjoy a guided tour through the stories from four major early shipwrecks located in the region, the Batavia, Gilt Dragon, Zuytdorp, and Zeewijk or learn more about the discovery of HMAS Sydney (II), the pride of the fleet.
Discover ancient landforms, Yamaji history and culture, and the region’s natural landscapes and marine environment. Find out how more recent European exploration and settlement has developed the Mid-West including the agriculture, fishing, mining and science industries.
Western Australian Museum - Albany
Residency Road | Open daily 10am - 4:30pm | 9841 4844
Refurbished in July 2010, the refitted museum overlooks picturesque Princess Royal Harbour, on the site of first European settlement in Western Australia.
The Western Australian Museum — Albany provides exhibitions, public programs, educational programs and information on the unique natural and social history of the region.
The Museum shares the stories of the indigenous Noongar people and the influence of Mokare, a young Noongar warrior, as well as the stories of the early settlers and convicts, and also explores the region's unique natural landscape, flora and fauna.