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Wednesday Open Days Museums in Busselton

Museums in Busselton


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ArtGeo Cultural Complex

Immerse yourself in art, history and architecture at the ArtGeo Cultural Complex! Walk through the heritage listed buildings and feel the history between their walls.

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

Details

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

Description

The City of Busselton’s ArtGeo Cultural Complex is a creative hub for the visual and performing arts housed in heritage-listed buildings on Queen Street, close to Busselton’s much-loved foreshore. Once linked to the Jetty, the heritage-listed Courthouse, built in 1860, is one of the oldest buildings in Busselton and played an important role in its settlement history.

Walk through the buildings and feel the history within their walls. Explore the gaol cells and imagine being locked up for 14 days for disorderly conduct in a public place behind one of the heavy wooden doors.

The Courthouse Gift Shop reflects the transition from colonial courthouse to modern-day art house. Once inside, you'll discover a tempting range of high quality locally crafted art, jewellery, pottery, cards, photography and woodwork.

Set in the rear courtyard of the complex, there are two artist in residence studios featuring ceramic artist Tracie Anderson and jewellery designer Nalda Hoskins. The general public are welcome to visit these studios, which were once stables, to see the artists at work.

The cultural precinct is also home to the Busselton Art Society, the Busselton Woodturners' Association and the children's theatre group Acting Up. A sheltered courtyard, bush food garden and life-size bronze sculptures augment the ambience of the precinct.

Open daily 10am to 4pm, free entry. 

Old Court House

Constructed between 1860–1897, the Court House operated as a judiciary, government administration centre and land agency, servicing the growing settlement's need for law and order.

  • Museums:Local History
  • Historical Sites:Buildings

Details

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

Description

Today, the Old Court House provides a fascinating glimpse of life in the township some 160 years ago.As part of Busselton's burgeoning cultural precinct, which includes the ArtGeo Gallery and the Weld Repertory Theatre, the Court House also functions as a creative arts hub and heritage site. The precinct provides performance and exhibition space, artists' studios and workshops, guided tours, cafe and retail outlet for regional arts and crafts. The Wadandi people are the traditional owners of the land on which the Court House was constructed.

St Mary's Anglican Church

Built by the early settlers in the 1840's, this beautiful historic building is the oldest stone church in the state, and is still a place of worship for the Busselton Community today.

  • Historical Sites:Churches

Details

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

Description

The construction of St Mary’s Anglican Church commenced in 1844, using limestone and jarrah with sheoak shingles for the roof. The church was consecrated in 1848.

Visitors can wander around the graveyard and read the inscriptions on many of the settlers' tombstones, which are still in their original state. These include those of the Bussell family, one of the first European families to settle in the area.

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