The WA Museum is the state’s premier cultural organisation, housing WA’s scientific and cultural collection. For over 120 years it has been making WA’s natural and social heritage accessible and engaging through research, exhibitions and public programs. Comprising of six public sites as well as a collection and research centre, the museum houses more than 8 million objects from rare fossils to the iconic racing yacht Australia II.
Based in the coastal city of Fremantle, The WA Maritime Museum houses several unique galleries that explore WA’s maritime relationship. The Museum also features leisure boats, handcrafted sailing boats and commercial Pearl luggers.
Housed in a restored 1850s-era Commissariat building, The WA Shipwrecks Museum is recognised as the foremost maritime archaeology museum in the southern hemisphere. The Museum showcases hundreds of artefacts from ships wrecked along WA’s coastline.
The regional museums in Geraldton, Kalgoorlie and Albany, showcase the rich and unique history of each city.
The Museum of the Goldfields captures the rich mining history of the Eastern Goldfields, hosting the state’s largest collection of gold bars and nuggets and painting a picture of life on the mines in the early 20th Century.
The Museum of Geraldton celebrates the rich heritage of the land, sea and people of the Mid West, from the archaeological remains of four Dutch shipwrecks to Yamaji history and culture.
Further along WA’s coast, the Museum of the Great Southern overlooks the sites of first European settlement in the state. The museum shares the stories of the Menang Noongar people and as well as the stories of the early settlers and convicts, whilst also exploring the region’s unique natural landscape, flora and fauna.
While the new WA museum won’t open its doors to the public in the Perth Cultural Centre until 2020, visitors can still view the Museum’s collection in a range of locations, including the Perth Concert Hall and the Discovery Zone at the State Library of WA.