Museums

Run Aground Presented by the Lost Quays

All male choir singing sea shanties & songs of the sea! The harsh, inspiring and sometimes tragic tales of WA's "shipwreck coast" - from barrel thumping traditional shanties to gentle songs of the sea.

Anne Frank Travelling Exhibition

The travelling exhibition - ‘Let Me Be Myself, the Life Story of Anne Frank’ was compiled in Amsterdam, and tells the personal story of Anne Frank in the historical context of her time. The exhibition also specifically highlights the relevance of her story in contemporary society, particularly in relation to prejudice, discrimination, and exclusion. The exhibition is supported by a 25 minute video, displays including a booklet about the rise of the Nazism, a yellow six-pointed star which Jewish people were forced to wear, model of the Frank family’s hiding place and a replica of the original hand-written diary Anne…

Escape from Pompeii: the Untold Roman Rescue

A new international exhibition Escape from Pompeii: the Untold Roman Rescue reveals the story of the dramatic rescue attempt following one of history’s most devastating natural disasters – the eruption of Mt Vesuvius and the destruction of Pompeii in 79 AD. While many know of the tragic eruption that buried the cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum, very few know that the Roman Navy attempted to evacuate people affected by the eruption or of the navy’s important role in the success of the Roman Empire. The exhibition features rare artefacts from Pompeii, Herculaneum and the Bay of Naples in a breath-taking…

Roman Revival

Join us for a celebration of all things from ancient Rome, as we dig into this world to uncover the story of Escape from Pompeii: The Untold Roman Rescue exhibition. Explore our Roman military uniform touch-table, as well as our In Fashion toga draping and Roman ladies’ costume demonstration. Try out your own Roman style from the costume corner, and decorate your own paper-craft centurion helmet to take home. You can also decorate a Roman battleship and watch it sail across our digital animation screen!Event is free, however WA Maritime Museum entry fees apply. 

Shiver Me Timbers

Shiver me timbers! Get on board and join in our seafaring adventures. Track down the pesky and adventurous sailor rats in the Riddled with Rats trail before they nibble all of our ship’s biscuits! With the sharp eyes of a Rat Detective, you’ll have to search high and low to find these hide-and-seek experts. Join in the Pirate Parade by dressing up as your favourite swashbuckling sailor or marvellous mermaid and take part in our parade (11am daily). Listen to salty seafaring tales of adventure in our Pirate Storytelling and you might be taken to far-away lands (10:30am daily). Then…

Steamsub Going Ballistic

Develop your physics concepts and construction skills with our ancient Roman naval missile weapon in the ballista workshop! This crossbow of the high seas was built to sling missiles at enemy ships. Join us in making your own miniature ballista to take home. How did the ancient Romans build one of the biggest empires Earth has ever seen? Thanks to their amazing inventions and supreme army!  Come and discover how Roman innovations in military weaponry and tactics forever changed our world.   *Note: This workshop requires construction skills, techniques and equipment that are not suitable for younger children. Cost - $10…

Creative Junior Photography Workshop

Back by popular demand! Get creative with a hands-on photography workshop, presented by Kingsley Klau. Kingsley became an AIPP Accredited Photographer in 2005 and is an experienced photography teacher. In this workshop learn how to capture engaging images using your camera, tablet or smartphone. $15 per child, includes photography workshop and *child’s ticket to the  Escape from Pompeii exhibition.Ages - 8 – 14 years (participants must be accompanied by an adult)                    

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Pizza Perfetto by WA Maritime Museum & Pizza Bella Roma

Come and learn the secrets of making ‘pizza perfetto’ (perfect pizza), with expert chefs from Fremantle’s Pizza Bella Roma restaurant. Just like their imaginative ancestors who used ideas from other countries to make their boats mightier, Italians used their imagination and accepted new ideas (like tomatoes and peppers) and made them a cornerstone of Italian cooking! This workshop will have you getting your hands fit, flouring and punching dough with the best of them! *All children must have an accompanying adult guardian for this workshop. Adult exhibition entry fees apply Pizza making workshops are presented in partnership with Pizza Bella…

Romans vs The Pirates | Historical combat spectacle

Step back into ancient times with The Grey Company for a lively and fantastic encounter! A local unit of Roman soldiers face-off against the ruthless band of pirates that have been threatening the Empire’s supply ships on the seas near Pompeii. Who will triumph in this clash of forces? The Grey Company specialise in historical combat spectacle and re-enactment. They are bringing their unique kind of family-friendly demonstrations to the WA Maritime Museum for the start of the Escape from Pompeii: The Untold Roman Rescue season. Come and join us to explore the wonders of ancient Roman military techniques and…

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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.  

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.