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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 to present an 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 the ships they sailed…

Antarctica: Night at the Museum

You are invited to join us for the Foundation for the WA Museum’s premier fundraising* event, Antarctica: Night at the Museum. Co-presented and hosted by the Artefact Circle, you’re invited to enjoy the wonder of Antarctica at night. Discover an exciting array of Antarctic themed entertainment. Indulge in a high-end live auction full of luxurious and exclusive prizes, including the ever popular opportunity to name a newly identified species! Be one of our glamorous guests amid the glaciers while relishing home-grown, award winning beverages - Cocktails courtesy of West Winds Gin; Beer courtesy of Gage Roads Brewing Co; Sparkling &…

Pirates Ahoy

Get your hands on our Wicked Weapons touch-table and see some unusual and interesting replicas of weapons used in pirate times. And also explore our Pirates Ahoy cart to learn fascinating facts about real pirates who sailed the high seas. Craft a fun pirate hat or decorate your own hideaway island on a Treasure Island map to take home. Have some swashbuckling fun by drawing and colouring your own pirates, have it scanned and then watch them walk the plank on our digitally animated screen. There will be fascinating pirate storytelling sessions that will feed every young buccaneer’s imagination. After…

Awesome Interactive 1930s Performance

Don’t miss out on this hilarious interactive performance – The Swash-Line Secret!  Join actor and comedian Monica Main for a rollicking adventure performance, where you get to become part of the story in this ripping yarn about kids having awesome adventures in Perth and Freo. Step back to 1930s Australia, an era before television, when school meant chalk on blackboards and fun meant kids running barefoot in their playtime with cubby wars, bikes and games with friends… as long as they were back home by dinnertime! Bring a grown-up and make sure you ask them what type of adventures they…

A Pirates Life Interactive Performance

Join our special edition of pirate mania in A Pirate’s Life interactive performance as we bring buccaneering stories to life. Watch our Wheel of Myth-fortune spin and find out which features of pirate legend are the treacherous truth, and which are fabulous fiction. Use your myth-busting skills, and vote to help us decide where these sea-faring stories lie on the Pirate Fact-O-Meter. This is a free event on a first come basis! WA Maritime Museum adult entry fees apply

Pirate Combat Workshop

Back by popular demand! Get ready for the pirate battle and join in 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 loads of fun. Activities free. WA Maritime Museum adult entry fees may apply.

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WA Museum celebrates NAIDOC Week 2018

Join us for a family fun day these school holidays as we celebrate NAIDOC Week, the diverse Aboriginal cultures of Western Australia and the incredible women in our communities who lead the way for future generations.  This year our program will feature amazing Aboriginal people from our communities who will share some of their culture with us: Storytelling and sharing knowledge with Nyoongar Elder Marie Taylor Weaving workshop with prominent artist Sharyn Egan Workshop dance performance by Brianne Yarran Community art mural with Kamsani Bin Salleh Craft activities to learn about the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander flags, Touch table…

The Grey Company: Here Come The Pirates

It’s a pirate battle! A pillaging band of pirates has struck again, and this fabulous bunch of rogues are taking no prisoners in their search for booty. Join the crew from the Grey Company as they showcase their expertise in historical combat and re-enactment, bringing the glamour and glory of the golden age of piracy to a live-action battle demonstration at the Maritime Museum. Demonstration Combat: 10.30am, 11.30am, 1pm Activities free.  WA Maritime Museum adult entry fees apply. Exhibition entry fees apply.

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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…

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.