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Galleries in Broome


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Broome Historical Society Museum

Broome Historical Society Museum offers an insightful look into Broome’s diverse cultural history.

  • Open Days/times:May-September Mon-Fri: 10am-4pm Weekends: 10am-1pm | October-April 10am-1pm Everyday
  • Museums:Local History

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

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Take a walk through the charming 1890s former general store, which is now the town’s museum. Check out the well presented visual displays, photographs and artefacts to learn all about the history of Broome.

Find out about the town’s interesting pearling history which has developed into a world class export industry today. Learn about the terrifying Japanese attacks on Broome during World War II and the impact it had on the local residents and allies who had taken refuge there.

You will be intrigued by the tales of shipwrecks and missing diamonds which takes you on a journey of discovery into the development of a culture that has melded from a diversity of origins. Examine Aboriginal artefacts and memorabilia from the area and discover how the town of Broome became the first truly multicultural district in Australia.

Regarded as one of the best regional museums in Australia, it is located in the town centre of Broome which is a two and a half hour flight north of Perth. Check opening hours prior to visiting.

BroomeTime Accommodation and Art Gallery

BroomeTime offers a range of comfortable self-contained rooms, perfect for couples or families. And visit the art gallery's unique collection of traditional and contemporary Indigenous paintings.

  • Open Days/times:7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
  • Galleries:Aboriginal,Art Gallery

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

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Originally built in 1984 from brick work produced by the former local Pindan brick factory, Broome Time Accommodation started out as Cable Beach Resort and has since undergone many identity changes.

Every room comes fully equipped with a kitchen, coffee making facilities, refrigerator, utensils and dinnerware to make dinnertime a breeze should you just want a night in. You can also relax in air-conditioned comfort, with additional ceiling fans, a flat-screen TV and complimentary WiFi so you can keep up with the world.

In 2014, BroomeTime Art Gallery was opened to support local talent and provide a unique offering to guests staying at BroomeTime. 

The gallery features a wide variety of Kimberley art, traditional and contemporary Indigenous paintings and artefacts, wood and boab nut carvings, hand crafted didgeridoos, books and gifts. It is a terrific opportunity to purchase unique and beautiful artworks directly from the artist, and hear the stories associated with the works.

Pearl Luggers Museum

Discover Broome’s turbulent past as a frontier town built on the lure of the lustrous pearl at this museum, which features beautifully restored pearl luggers.

  • Open Days/times:9.30am to 5pm

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

Description

Dive deep into Broome’s fascinating pearling history at the Pearl Luggers Museum, an expansive collection of diving artefacts situated on a replica tidal jetty. Learn about Broome’s early history, when the news of the riches of this frontier town spread around the world and enticed migrants to its shores. You’ll also hear dark tales of peril beneath the water’s surface.

Begin your learning experience at the Pearl Luggers Museum with a tour. You’ll see two magnificently restored original pearl luggers overlooking the mangrove-dotted Dampier Creek, where the hunt for the South Sea pearls began in the late 19th century. A knowledgeable guide will take you on a journey through history with an informative presentation and you will also see a short documentary that features rare archival footage from 1949.

During the tour, the pearling industry’s dark secrets, including the use of enslaved indigenous divers in the 19th century, will be revealed. Find out about the diverse nationalities who flocked to Broome with hopes to make their riches overnight and found a dangerous trade in a wild boomtown. Hundreds of divers were killed while working in the depths of Roebuck Bay. The divers’ legacies live on, however, as the multicultural influence of the Chinese, Japanese, Malay, Filipino and Pacific Islanders made Broome into the culturally rich town it is today.

 

Short St. Gallery

Short St. Gallery is the premier and longest running Indigenous art gallery located in the heart of Chinatown in Broome. It is an old building (over 100 years) and is the last remaining house with a wind tunnel.

  • Galleries:Aboriginal,Painting

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Short St. Gallery is the premier and longest running Indigenous art gallery located in the heart of Chinatown in Broome. It is an old building (over 100 years) and is the last remaining house with a wind tunnel. It is an important part of the Aboriginal, Malay & Japanese history in Broome. The building has been operating as a gallery since 1998, and houses a comprehensive collection of indigenous contemporary artworks, presenting artists from all over Australia. We are the only member of the ACGA (Australian Commerical Galleries Association) in Broome.

Short St Gallery is also the agent for the Yulparija Artists from Bidyadanga, including Daniel Walbidi, Weaver Jack, Alma Webou, Donald Moko, Mary Meribida, Sally (Liki) Nanii, Bertha Linty, Jan Billycan, Margaret Baragurra, Lydia Balbal and many others. We also represent the following art centres in the Kimberly, Waringarri, Warmun, Warlayirti (Balgo), Mangkaja (Fitzroy Crossing), in the Pilbara Martumili. While in the APY and NG lands and Western Desert we represent Tjungu Palya, Spinifex Art Project, Ninuku Arts, Warakurna Arts, Tjanpi Desert Weavers, Ernabella Arts, Mimili Maku, Tjala Arts, Kayili Artists, Papulankutja Artists and Papunya Tula. In Arhemland we represent Buku-Larringay Mulka (Yirrkala) and Maningrida Arts, while in Tiwi Islands, we represent Jilamara, Tiwi Design and Ngaruwanajirri.

The gallery seeks to educate and proudly show the stylistic diversity of the different cultures which make up the Kimberley and Australia. From the saltwater to the freshwater, to the desert people, Short St. offers a glimpse at the extremely sophisticated dynamic landscape which is Australian art.

We wish to thank and acknowledge the contribution of the art centres who have provided many of the artist biographies and artwork stories. Short Street Gallery endeavours to purchase indigenous artworks from established and reputable community owned Art Centres. This ensures that artists are paid the market value for their work and the integrity and reputation of the artist is respected. 

Sisters of St John of God Heritage Centre

The Sisters of St John of God were founded in Ireland in 1871 and are an apostolic religious congregation of women. In 1907 nine Sisters arrived in Beagle Bay Mission, lead by Sr Antonio O’Brien, to minister to Aboriginal women and children. They responded to whatever works needed to be done and so commenced teaching, nursing, training of the older girls and a wide range of domestic duties.

  • Museums:Local History,Aboriginal

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The Sisters of St John of God were founded in Ireland in 1871 and are an apostolic religious congregation of women.
 
In 1907 nine Sisters arrived in Beagle Bay Mission, lead by Sr Antonio O’Brien, to minister to Aboriginal women and children.  They responded to whatever works needed to be done and so commenced teaching, nursing, training of the older girls and a wide range of domestic duties.
 
In 1908 Sr Antonio, together with Sr Benedict Courtney, came by lugger to Broome with the intention of trying to establish a convent.  They had no money but were greatly assisted by the donation of a one room cottage near the church and some basics such as bedding provided by the Japanese and Chinese merchants.  Again they responded to needs and started St Mary’s School, took on nursing duties and taught music among other things.  They were soon accepted in Broome by all races and classes of people.
 
The story of these early years has been told in the film Sisters, Pearls & Mission Girls which has been made into a DVD.    Another form of the story was written by Pat Jacobs, historian and author, in two essays published in the book Living on the Kimberley Pearling Coast: Sisters of St John of God in the Early Twentieth Century. Both are available from the Old Convent Shop. 
 
Over the remaining years the Sisters branched out undertaking a number of ventures in Lombadina and Derby, then further afield to the desert community of Balgo Hills Mission and later to the La Grange Mission (now Bidyadanga Community) south of Broome.
 
In 2007 the Sisters celebrated one hundred years of ministry in the Kimberley. 

The Sandalwood Gallery

An award winning Sandalwood Gallery in Broome, with a world-class showroom offering a wide range of Mount Romance beauty& lifestyle products. Come visit us today, open 7 days a week.

  • Open Days/times:Monday - Friday 9am - 5pm, Saturday 9am - 3pm, Sunday 9am - 2pm
  • Galleries:Woodwork,Art Gallery

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

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Set amidst the pristine landscape of Broome, the Sandalwood Gallery offers you a unique glimpse into one of the world’s most luxurious essential oils, grown and distilled right here in Western Australia. Indulge your senses at The Sandalwood Gallery with a world-class showroom offering a wide range of Mount Romance beauty& lifestyle products. Experience the displays of fragrant Sandalwood, an in-store DVD and a wide range of products infused with Pure Australian Sandalwood oil.

Mount Romance is the world’s largest single supplier of natural sandalwood oil. Using renewable energy and water recycling, Mount Romance extracts essential oil from the native Sandalwood tree, an ingredient renowned for its relaxant, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. Mount Romance offers a wide range of sandalwood products including our world’s first anti-aging product range, 2bYoung, specially formulated from Australian Sandalwood Nut Oil and Protein.

Come experience the award winning Sandalwood gallery (Silver Award at the 2011 Perth Airport Tourism Awards for New Tourist Development and Gold at the 2012 Australia’s Northwest Tourism Awards for New Product Development) and immerse yourself in the Sandalwood fragrant environment whilst feeling completely relaxed!

Open 7 days a week. 

Yane's Gallery

With youth on his side and a maturity well beyond his years, Yane represents an exciting new era in landscape photography.

  • Galleries:Artisan Workshop,Painting,Photography

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