中文
Select Page

Museums in Albany

Museums in Albany


scroll=y


Albany Boat Shed

Whether you are a local resident or a visitor to the region, the Albany Boatshed has something for everyone.

  • Museums:Local History
  • Historical Sites:Buildings

Details

  • Open Days:Sunday

Description

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. 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. 

Every Sunday, the shed turns into a bustling market, featuring local growers and producers of fresh and gourmet foods and Great Southern wines. In addition to the wonderful seasonal produce grown in the Great Southern, talented local artisans showcase their beautiful and distinctive products. There will be local live music to keep your toes tapping, cooking demos and plenty of parking. 

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.

  • 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.

Details

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!

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

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's Historic Whaling Station

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

  • Museums:Maritime,Local History

Details

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

Description

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.

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.

Historic Whaling Station, open 9am to 5pm (last entry 4.15pm). 

Australian Wildlife Park & Regional Wildflower Garden, open 10am to 5pm

Café opening hours: 10am – 4pm (lunch meals 10am – 3pm)

Open every day excluding Christmas (25th Dec)

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.

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:Local History

Details

  • 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.

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.

  • Museums:Local History,Military

Details

  • 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.

 

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.

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

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

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

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.

You May Also Like

Swimming holes under an hour from Perth

Swimming holes under an hour from Perth

One of the benefits of living in the world’s most isolated capital city is that we are surrounded by hidden...
Read More
Beautiful snorkelling spots along Rottnest Island’s coastline

Beautiful snorkelling spots along Rottnest Island’s coastline

It is no secret that Rottnest Island boasts some of the most enchanting snorkelling locations this side of the country....
Read More
Artisan ice-creameries to get you through the Perth summer

Artisan ice-creameries to get you through the Perth summer

As the weather heats up and the sunscreen and sunglasses come out, what better way to spend your summer than...
Read More
6 picturesque natural attractions in WA’s south west

6 picturesque natural attractions in WA’s south west

It may be winter here in WA but that doesn’t mean you have to spend the next few months in...
Read More
Globally recognised Freo blues rock band Datura4 releases new album

Globally recognised Freo blues rock band Datura4 releases new album

Freo-based blues rock combo Datura4 is one of Perth’s best kept secrets. With a strong international following, the band has...
Read More
Top 10 movies about families even more dysfunctional than yours

Top 10 movies about families even more dysfunctional than yours

  Ever think your family are the most insane people on Earth? No matter how well adjusted your family is,...
Read More
5 Quirky pets to keep you company while you’re isolating

5 Quirky pets to keep you company while you’re isolating

  We’re all probably feeling a little bit lonely right now. If social-distancing is starving you for company, a tiny...
Read More
Local bakeries delivering hot cross buns to your door

Local bakeries delivering hot cross buns to your door

Once again, the time to indulge in the iconic fruit-and-spice-filled hot cross bun is upon us... Whether you prefer them...
Read More
Three local chefs recommend their best takeaways dishes

Three local chefs recommend their best takeaways dishes

Restaurants may be shut to diners for now, but behind closed doors, Perth's leading chefs continue to serve up their...
Read More
Join virtual cooking classes with celebrity chefs from around the globe

Join virtual cooking classes with celebrity chefs from around the globe

In response to a shut-down of much of the world’s hospitality sector, celebrity chefs from around the globe, such as...
Read More