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Horrible Histories - Pirates: The Exhibition

Batten down the hatches! A gruesome band of horrible pirates will be taking over WA Maritime Museum in March 2018 when it presents this interactive, hands-on exhibition based on the bestselling Horrible Histories books: Horrible Histories – Pirates: the exhibition.Discover if you have what it takes to be a really horrible pirate. Take command of a pirate ship, design your own pirate flag and try out different weapons – from cutlasses to cannons. Along the way, you’ll discover why pirate women were just as wicked as the men and practise talking the patter of a pirate. You’ll also learn about…

Tom Vickers and the Extraordinary Adventure

Lace up your shoes and prepare to embark on an extraordinary adventure! The WA Museum and Spare Parts Puppet Theatre present you the world premiere of Tom Vickers and the Extraordinary Adventure of his Missing Sock. You can expect hands-on fun as you are taken through a sensory feast of sights, sounds, tastes, and smells. Adventurers will follow a trail through public and private spaces within the Museum and be transported around the world with this unique experience. At the heart of the work is an invitation to consider how small acts of kindness can have a great impact over time…

Pirates Ahoy

Get your hands on our Wicked Weapons touch-table and explore fascinating facts with our Pirates Ahoy cart. Craft a pirate hat to take home, or show stamping good style in our Me Fierce Pirate Stamping Book and decorate it with stripes, skulls, swords and other fancy stuff. Swashbuckle your own pirate design and watch what happens on our digitally animated screen. Listen to some salty pirate stories and learn how to load a cannon to ward off pirate marauders. Pirate storytelling at 10:30am Cannon loading demonstration at 11am Activities free.  WA Maritime Museum entry fees apply

The Lost Quays Sea Shanties workshop

Learn how to make sensational sounds and nautical moves with this interactive workshop with well-known Fremantle songsters, The Lost Quays. Prepare for the calm and the storm with sea shanties and other songs of the sea. Times: 10:30am-11:15am, 11:45am-12:30pm, 1pm-1:45pm

Sea Sand and Skeletons Adventures in Archaeology

Prepare yourself for a hands-on archaeology workshop! Learn how archaeologists solve mysteries of the past through scientific investigations and interactive challenges. Understand how the artefacts and bio-facts uncovered from archaeological sites helps to explain how and why archaeology is relevant to our lives.

Spirit of the ANZACs

A unique opportunity for children to look behind the scenes at ANZACs from WWI onwards. Discover what it means to be an ANZAC, understand the ANZAC Spirit, plus handle original artefacts from the abundance of items held at the Army Museum. Activities include designing and creating your very own poppies for ANZAC Day. Hands on discovery and activities fully engage the children, bringing the past to life!

Pirate Combat workshops

Get ready for the pirate battle and join our interactive pirate combat workshop. Using foam ‘boffer’ swords, Joshua Pantera Davidson from Pyro Panther Entertainment will make sure that all trainee pirates have an opportunity to sharpen their combat skills and have fun. 


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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. Duyfken conducts her sail on Swan River from December 2017 to March 2018 and will not be on exhibition to the general public.

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…

WA Maritime Museum

Located on Victoria Quay, Fremantle, perched overlooking the Indian Ocean and Fremantle Harbour, the WA 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 WA 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…

WA Shipwrecks Museum

The WA Shipwrecks Museum 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.