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.

Harbour Sundays 2017

After a stellar opening season that saw more than 1,500 local music lovers take in live bands, sunshine and panoramic views at the WA Maritime Museum, Harbour Sundays is back for another five weeks of free, live music in January and February 2017. Taking place on the balcony of the WA Maritime Museum at Victoria Quay, the second series will see five weeks of Perth’s premier musicians, running the gamete from folk, funk blues and reggae to bluegrass, Congolese dance, soul-funk and dub.The 2017 season kicks off on Sunday January 29 with blues-y bang courtesy of Western Australia’s hardest working…

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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…

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.