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Galleries in Albany Coast Region


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Museum of the Great Southern

The Museum of the Great Southern provides exhibitions, public programs, educational programs and information on the unique natural and social history of the region.

  • Museums:Aboriginal,Local History,Natural History,State Museums
  • Open Days/times:10AM - 4PM

Details

  • Facilities:Free,Wheelchair Access
  • Open Days:Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday

Description

Refurbished in July 2010, the refitted the Museum of the Great Southern overlooks picturesque Princess Royal Harbour, on the site of first European settlement in Western Australia.

The Museum of the Great Southern provides exhibitions, public programs, educational programs and information on the unique natural and social history of the region.

The Museum shares the stories of the indigenous Noongar people and the influence of Mokare, a young Noongar warrior, as well as the stories of the early settlers and convicts, and also explores the region's unique natural landscape, flora and fauna.

Albany Boat Shed

The building now known as the Albany Boat Shed was originally used in Fremantle to house the construction of a replica of the Dutch explorer Duyfken.

  • Historical Sites:Buildings
  • Museums:Local History

Details

  • Facilities:Free
  • Open Days:Sunday

Description

At the completion of this project the facility was gifted to the City of Albany , in due recognition of the area's rich maritime history, and relocated to the foreshore of picturesque Princess Royal Harbour.

It has since been managed by the Albany Maritime Foundation, which has driven a number of successful wooden boat construction and restoration projects within its walls. Plus, Shed space has been leased to private individuals, for their own wooden boat activities, the building has been home to schools delivering maritime-based educational programs and is now the Foundation is developing the Shed into a tourist destination. 

Albany Co-Operative Store Museum

The museum has a friendly, personal touch and gives visitors an opportunity to view rare and interesting pieces of provenance to Albany and the Great Southern.

  • Open Days/times:Mon - Fri 9.00am - 3.00pm
  • Museums:Local History

Details

  • Open Days:Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday

Description

In 2009, Albany Historical Society's fulfilled a long held ambition to open the old P&O Cooperative Store in Frederick Street as a museum. For several years the society had been using the building as a repository for around 30,000 artefacts not on display in its other museums.

The building was opened as the P&O Cooperative store in 1870 to provide heavily subsidised goods to its employees. It has also been used as a shop, guest house, private residence and barracks for the Western Australian Railways. Although the building looks unattractive from the outside, underneath its 1960s brick façade is the perfectly intact original granite structure – a unique example of this type of architecture in Albany.

Albany Convict Gaol

The Albany Convict Gaol (1851) is a museum designed to to tell the story of Albany's convict past. It contains displays relevant to the convict era.

  • Historical Sites:Prisons
  • Museums:Local History
  • Open Days/times:Daily 10am to 4pm

Details

  • Open Days:Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday
  • Wheelchair Access:Partial access to most areas

Description

Fully restored, the Gaol is a complex of men’s cell blocks and some warders' quarters, built in 1852 for Imperial convicts shipped to WA as artisans and skilled labourers.
 
Women’s cells, the Great Hall and more warders' quarters were constructed of brick between 1872 and 1875. At this time the complex was also used as a colonial prison.
 
The Gaol was last used as a police lockup in the Great Depression of the 1930s. Extensive restoration from 1989 to 1996 returned the Gaol's condition to its original state. Cells, warders' quarters and the Great Hall contain displays pertinent to the times and usage of these stark quarters.
 
Facilities
 
    Tours (self-guided, unless by prior arrangement)
    Night tours and venue hire
    Partial wheelchair access to most areas
    Postcards and souvenirs
    Books of historical interest for sale

Albany Historical Society

Historic Albany - Come and Visit our Past!

  • Historical Sites:Prisons,Buildings
  • Museums:Local History

Details

  • Open Days:Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday

Description

The Albany Historical Society administers three of Albany’s premier tourist attractions; the Albany Convict Gaol, Patrick Taylor Cottage the oldest dwelling in WA and the Brig Amity. No visit to Albany can be complete without visiting these three wonderful venues that tell the story of Albany and it’s history.

Open 7 days per week, closed Christmas day.

Albany Town Hall

Opened in 1888, Albany's Town Hall is the iconic building of the main street. Inside the grand old stone building, with its four-faced clock tower, is a comfortable 310-seat conference theatre.

  • Historical Sites:Buildings

Details

Description

The Town Hall is now available for community use.  The building is available for hire for exhibitions, seminars, workshops or meetings. The venue is no longer available as a performance venue.
Opened in 1888, Albany's Town Hall is the iconic building of the main street. Inside the grand old stone building, with its four-faced clock tower, is a comfortable 310-seat conference theatre.
The Town Hall has two smaller rooms suitable for exhibitions and conferences (please see 'Resources' page for details.)
Over the decades, the Town Hall has been the scene of council meetings, WA's first regional meeting of State Parliament, thrilling theatre, exquisite music performances, risque comedy and the community's annual astonishment at the abilities of young performers in the Music Eisteddfod and school stage shows.

Albany's Historic Whaling Station

Experience the best day out on the amazing South Coast! History comes alive when you join a tour at Albany's Historic Whaling Station. Enjoy our Australian Wildlife Park & Regional Wildflower Garden.

  • Museums:Local History,Maritime
  • Open Days/times:9AM - 5PM

Details

  • Facilities:Cafe
  • Open Days:Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday,Public Holidays

Description

Visit the only complete whaling station tourism attraction in the world!

Albany’s Historic Whaling Station was the last operating station in Australia and provides a fascinating insight into Albany’s colourful past.  Recognised as a heritage site, the whaling station is an engaging and educational tourism attraction for all ages to enjoy.

Join our knowledgeable tour guides on a complimentary tour through the restored whale processing factory. Find yourself immersed in the sights and sounds of the whaling industry.  Enjoy short films within the converted whale oil tanks.  Climb aboard the Cheynes IV, the world’s only preserved Whalechaser ship; see our giant blue whale skeleton; enjoy our world-renowned marine animal art collection and view our precious scrimshaw art.  Visit our museum exhibits filled with authentic, whaling artefacts and memorabilia or relax in our café overlooking one of Albany’s most picturesque bays. 

Our unique, biodiverse location is also home to over a 100,000 species of native plants which are now displayed in our Regional Wildflower Garden.  Families can enjoy free BBQ’s in the gardens and learn about our friendly collection of native animals at our Australian Wildlife Park.  Join us for a memorable day on The Amazing South Coast.

Blush Retail Gallery

Albany's contemporary new art gallery - fresh, original, and right in the heart of the city.

  • Open Days/times:Open Tuesdays to Saturdays, and by appointment. Please check website for extra opening times, as we are open daily during Sept/Oct Art Trail.
  • Galleries:Drawing,Painting,Photography,Mixed Media,Print Making,Art Gallery
  • Historical Sites:Buildings

Details

  • Facilities:Wheelchair Access
  • Open Days:Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday

Description

Blush Retail Gallery is a visual arts gallery, and features a stunning array of changing artwork collections. Located in one of Albany's premier heritage buildings, York House, this contemporary showrroom provides a perfect backdrop for some unique artworks.

Hosting new collections every six weeks from local and visiting artists, it is easily found on the main street of Albany. The gallery strives to offer original and visionary works, and you may discover the perfect piece for your home or office.

Brig Amity Replica

Walk up the gangplank and step back in time aboard the Brig Amity to find out what life was like aboard a convict ship in 1826.

  • Museums:Maritime,State Museums

Details

  • Open Days:Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday

Description

As you explore the ship, listen to the story of the Brig’s perilous 6 week journey from Sydney to King George Sound to establish the first European settlement on the west coast of Australia.
 
Discover the sights and sounds below deck that were encountered by those aboard as they headed for unknown lands, sharing space with the ship’s crew, 23 convicts, 21 soldiers and enough domestic animals, food crops and building materials to start the small, remote outpost.
 
The informative and helpful volunteer guides will assist you to navigate your visit and will be happy to answer any questions you may have. They can also tell you other interesting things to do in Albany.
 
And when the Brig is not being a convict ship it often transforms into a Pirate ship with many a small and not so small swashbuckler climbing the gangplank in hopes of raising the Jolly Roger and finding treasure stowed below decks.

Designer Dirt

Designer Dirt stock a wide variety of gifts, gardenware and locally created artwork. We specialise in garden art. Commission pieces are available on request. Designer Dirt is worth finding ... !!

  • Galleries:Ceramics,Furniture,Sculpture,Art Gallery,Artisan Workshop
  • Open Days/times:Monday - Friday 9am - 5pm, Saturday - Sunday 9am - 4pm

Details

  • Open Days:Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday

Description

Hidden away in Ardess Estate, off Chester Pass Road in Albany, Western Australia, Designer Dirt is overflowing with quality gifts and home and garden wares and an amazing array of outdoor art and garden screens.  We specialise in garden art, particularly scrap metal sculptures and love to create custom pieces just for you

National Anzac Centre

The National Anzac Centre is an award-winning facility that creates a deeply personal connection with the past, as well as pay tribute to those who served.

  • Museums:Military

Details

  • Open Days:Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday

Description

Opened on the 1st of November 2014 by the Prime Ministers of Australia and New Zealand, the interpretive content that forms part of the interactive experience was developed by the Western Australian Museum and the Australian War Memorial and is delivered via a series of interactive visual and audible displays. The experience delivered at the NAC is known for commemorating the war through the stories of the Anzacs as opposed to telling its own story via pro-war or anti-war sentiments.

The symbolic location of the centre, selected for its strong sense of place as it looks out across King George Sound, forms an important part of the interpretation. The dramatic architecture, featuring spectacular vistas of the Sound, purposefully enhances the narrative and creates a contemplative space. The building design lends itself to a telescopic view overlooking the location from where the convoys gathered and then left.

Old Farm Strawberry Hill

The Old Farm, Strawberry Hill was considered old more than 100 years ago. As far back as 1890 it was given the name ‘The Old Farm’, in recognition of being the oldest farm in Western Australia.

  • Historical Sites:Farmhouses
  • Open Days/times:Mon - Fri 10AM - 4PM, Sat 7 Sun 1PM - 4PM

Details

  • Open Days:Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday

Description

A Government Farm was established at Strawberry Hill in 1827 as part of the first European settlement at King George Sound. In 1833, Sir Richard Spencer was appointed Government Resident at Albany. He purchased the Government Farm and resided there with his wife Ann, seven sons and three daughters. They lived in a pise cottage until, in 1836, the current two-storey stone house was built adjoining the older home. Even “old” farms change with the seasons. Come and see what is growing.
By 1836 the well established gardens were producing blood oranges, grapes, raspberries, gooseberries, asparagus, figs and almonds. The new house was the centre of the district’s social life.
After a period of neglect it was purchased in 1889 by Francis and Augusta Maude Bird who restored the house and farmed the land. In 1956 the property was purchased by the Government as an historic monument but fell into another cycle of neglect. Transferred to the National Trust in 1964, the property is being conserved to appropriately reflect its significance.

Patrick Taylor Cottage

The cottage is the pride and joy of the Albany Historical Society and a must-see attraction. This eleven room wattle and daub home is the oldest surviving dwelling in Western Australia.

  • Historical Sites:Buildings

Details

  • Facilities:Wheelchair Access
  • Open Days:Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday

Description

Built in 1832 by the Morley Brothers and purchased by Patrick Taylor in 1835, the cottage consists of an entry, box room, parlour, nursery, bedroom, dining room, family room, sewing room, kitchen, laundry and side verandah. Many beautiful artefacts, covering several eras, are displayed in the various rooms. The cottage is surrounded by a neat English cottage garden.

Princess Royal Fortress

The award winning National Anzac Centre is one of Australia’s most important cultural pilgrimages. Located within Albany’s heritage listed Princess Royal Fortress, overlooking the harbour.

  • Open Days/times:Mon - Fri 9AM - 5PM
  • Museums:Local History,Military

Details

  • Facilities:Free
  • Open Days:Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday

Description

Princess Royal Fortress is located on Mt Adelaide overlooking King George Sound in Albany. The fortress was established in 1893 to protect Albany and its harbour from the threat of invasion, acting as a deterrent until being decommissioned in 1956. Today the museum consists of restored original buildings, coastal gun emplacements and military displays and is open to the public from 9am to 5pm every day of the year, other than Christmas Day. Enjoy a family day out, learn more about Australia’s coastal defences and get up close and personal with the big guns.

 

The award winning National Anzac Centre is one of Australia’s most important cultural pilgrimages.

Located within Albany’s heritage listed Princess Royal Fortress, and surrounded by stunning biodiversity, the centre overlooks the actual harbour from which over 41,000 men and woman departed Australia for the Great War.

Immerse yourself in the Anzac Legend and follow the personal stories of the men and women who served through state of the art technology, multimedia and historic artefacts. Follow the personal stories of the service men and women who served in the First World War, and leave with a sense of pride, and reflection on their sacrifices. The National Anzac Centre is open to the public from 9am to 5pm with last entry at 4pm, every day of the year, other than Christmas Day.

 

Torbay Glass Studio

Specialising in feature glass panels, stained and etched glass.

  • Galleries:Glass,Art Gallery

Details

  • Open Days:Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday,Public Holidays

Description

All our glass artwork is designed and created in our studio workshop, located above the gallery. We encourage our customers to visit the studio to see examples of the different glass-working techniques. If they desire, they are welcome to consult on, or design their own glass works to give that really personal touch to their home.

The process can as simple as acquiring ideas from our portfolios or books and modifying them to create your own design. Once the the concept and colour scheme is organized the piece is halfway to being made. For hot glass it is even possible to arrange the coloured glass yourself to get just the look that you desire - then we will work the glass for you. We are also happy for clients who want pieces made by other techniques to discuss their design ideas with us.

The perfect place to find a unique gift, our gallery displays a showcase of kiln formed glass art pieces. The designs and concepts used in our collections are our own, and each peice is hand-crafted, so every item is unique. We enjoy pushing the boundaries to see how far it is possible to stretch glass into different shapes. We continue to experiment to see how glass performs when melted, and to extend our abilities, resulting in a wide range of artefacts. These include bowls, platters, lamps, jewellery and other sculptural pieces.

It is also possible for you to design and commission art works incorporating your own ideas and desires - talk to us when you visit. The gallery is set up for lampworking, so when you visit it may be possible to watch while we work with the flame to make beads or small sculptures. Repairs and restoration. Open by appointment.

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