Museums

Travellers and Traders in the Indian Ocean World

Merchants and sailors have crossed the Indian Ocean for thousands of years and 70% of the world’s goods continue to do so today. This vast expanse of water was the world’s first highway and has been the centre of world economy for millenia, but how well do we know it? This exhibition takes you on your own journey across the Indian Ocean to discover its rich history through ancient objects and stories about its traders, explorers and the many different peoples who inhabit its shores.

WA Maritime Museum April School Holiday Fun

Junior Marine Biologists wanted! Discover the new WA Down Under gallery this school holidays. Meet our Megamouth Shark, explore coral reefs and interact with our digital animals in our Blue Room experience. Kids can even dive deeper into marine biology with a range of other school holiday activities.Proudly supported by Woodside. Visit www.museum.wa.gov.au for more information. WA Maritime Museum entry fees apply for accompanying adult. 

Marine biology art and craft at the WA Maritime Museum

Make a fabulous fish mobile or decorate your own sea creature puppet! Colour in your own sea creature and bring it to life on our amazing digital animation screen! Visit our website for more information, WA Maritime Museum entry fees apply for accompanying adult. Ages 4+ Bookings required for groups 10+ by calling 1300 134 081

School holidays at WA Maritime Museum face painting

Why not become part of marine life? Join us for face painting and explore our amazing undersea world. Visit our website for more information. WA Maritime Museum entry fees apply for accompanying adult. Ages 4+ Bookings required for groups 10+ by calling 1300 134 081

Nuclear Sharks Discovery Channel

Looking for ways to keep the kids entertained these school holidays? Come and watch Nuclear Sharks movie by Discovery Channel at the WA Maritime Museum.The Bikini Atoll is a marine environment in the Pacific Ocean once destroyed by nuclear testing in the Cold War. Join Philippe Cousteau, grandson of Jacques Cousteau, and his team as they investigate the restoration of this resilient Atoll, which is now home to reef sharks. How did the sharks get there? See how tagging of these sharks uncovers many secrets, including an illegal fishing fleet that has been taking sharks from inside one of the largest shark…

Junior Fishing Clinic

Join one of Recfishwest’s popular and free SunSmart fishing clinics at the WA Maritime Museum. Participants will learn how to be SunSmart while learning some fishing basics like casting and fish handling, as well as how to fish sustainably and look after their fishing environment.All participants must be directly supervised by a parent or guardian. Fishing rods and equipment will be supplied. Ages 8 - 14.    

Marine animals inside and out Plus a tasty treat

Join a Museum scientist to take a closer look at how fish are suited for a life beneath the waves. Staff will dissect a fish to lead an exploration of how fish work, both inside and out. Then join a chef from the National Hotel, Fremantle, who will prepare a fish recipe and share it with you! See our website for more information. WA Maritime Museum entry fees apply for accompanying adult.  Ages 4+ Bookings required for groups 10+ by calling 1300 134 081

Army Museum of Western Australia

The Army Museum of WA has a collection that encompasses material from the pre-federation period through to the present day, covering both peace-time army units as well as the involvement of West Australians in all major conflicts and operations that Australia was engaged in throughout this period including the South African War, World War 1, World War 2, the Korean War, South Vietnam and the more recent operations such as East Timor, Iraq and Afghanistan. The role of women's services in many of these major conflicts and operations is also integrated with the museum's displays covering these. Highly recommended as one…

Duyfken Replica Ship

Take a step back in time aboard this amazing replica of a 16th century Dutch sailing ship.  Embark on an audio guided or self-guided tour of this unique ship and discover the Dutch maritime story that saw the first Europeans make land fall on the shores of Australia in 1606.  

Fremantle Prison

Fremantle Prison is one of WA's premier tourist attractions and in 2010 became the first building in Western Australia to be inscribed on to the prestigious World Heritage list as part of the Australian Convict Sites. In 2015 the Prison was announced as the gold medalist in the categories of Major Tourist Attractions and Cultural Tourism at the Western Australian Toursim Awards. Built by convicts in the 1850s, Fremantle Prison was used as a place of incarceration for 136 years before being decommissioned as an operating maximum security gaol in 1991. The empty prison with its solitary cells and gallows is a monument to a…

Western Australian Maritime Museum

Located on Victoria Quay, Fremantle, perched overlooking the Indian Ocean and Fremantle Harbour, the Western Australian Maritime Museum displays some of Western Australia's most unique maritime pieces. Collected over many years the wide range of exhibits include the winning Americas Cup Yacht (Australia II), an Oberon class submarine - HMAS Ovens, the Welcome Walls, Jon Sanders' Parry Endeavour and many other iconic vessels from WA's maritime history. The Maritime Museum also hosts many exhibitions in their unique galleries throughout the year and is the perfect place to explore and learn about the history of the WA coastline. Also worth a visit and…

Western Australian Museum - Shipwreck Galleries

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.


Fremantle museums

If you're searching for things to do in Fremantle, then check our listings of museums. Fremantle is home to the Western Australian Museum Shipwreck Galleries, the foremost maritime archaeology museum in the southern hemisphere and the unmistakable building that houses the Fremantle Maritime Museum. Museums are fun and educational, perfect for community groups, schools, families and universities. See our list of museums for iconic attractions in Fremantle.