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Museums in Fremantle

Museums in Fremantle Region


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Army Museum of Western Australia

The Army Museum tells exciting stories of Western Australians in the Army and the Army in Western Australia through tanks, guns, medals, uniforms and art.

  • Museums:Local History,Military

Details

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

Description

History is brought to life through dioramas, soundscapes and audio-visual at the Army Museum of Western Australia.

 

Several impressive galleries display various periods and themes. These are located within the main museum building. There is a substantial collection of vehicles, artillery field guns and other military hardware located around the perimeter of the parade ground outside the main museum building. And in some of the adjacent sheds vehicles are also on display.

 

The museum's collection includes a substantial amount of archival material in the way of documents, letters, diaries, photographs and art work. The reference library is accessible by arrangement.

 

Download our app and enjoy a self-guided audio tour.

 

We offer school programs in line with the national curriculum and can tailor them to your needs.

 

Visit our website to find out more armymuseumwa.com.au

Azelia Ley Homestead Museum

Visitors to the Azelia Ley Homestead Museum can see a vast collection of furniture, clothing, photographs, paintings, toys, memorabilia, historical artefacts and much more

  • Museums:Local History

Details

  • Open Days:Sunday,By Appointment Only

Description

The Azelia Ley Homestead Museum is situated in Manning Park, Hamilton Hill and is open to the general public on Sunday afternoons from 1.30 pm to 4.30 pm. The Museum is also open to schools and other groups on weekdays by appointment.

Manning Park is accessible all year round for organized events, family day-outs and social gatherings. When the Museum is open there are always two members of the Historical Society of Cockburn in attendance.

Duyfken Replica Foundation

Duyfken is the first known European ship to visit Australia -- 164 years before the arrival of Captain James Cook.

  • Museums:Maritime

Details

  • Open Days:By Appointment Only

Description

Duyfken is the first known European ship to visit Australia -- 164 years before the arrival of Captain James Cook. Nearly 400 years later a working full-scale replica was built in Western Australia to tell the 'Duyfken story' to Australia. You are invited to participate in the exciting replica project by visiting the replica in museum mode, sail on it or become a volunteer. There are rich, rewarding and exciting educational experiences here for all ages.
 
The Duyfken replica has been acclaimed around the world as the finest "Age of Discovery" replica ship ever built. The Duyfken 1606 Replica Foundation was formed in 1993 to build the ship and after her first voyage in 2000 the ship has sailed the world's oceans.
 
Enjoy the Duyfken story which is still being told.

Fremantle Prison

Built by convicts in the 1850s, Fremantle Prison was used as a place of incarceration for 136 years before being decommissioned in 1991.

  • Museums:Local History

Details

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

Description

Fremantle Prison was built as a convict barracks in the 19th century and remained in continual use until 1991. The Prison was a place of hangings, floggings, dramatic convict escapes and prisoner riots. Inmates included imperial convicts, colonial prisoners, enemy aliens, prisoners of war and maximum-security detainees.

Visitors can step inside and do time with Fremantle Prison’s experienced guides on a range of fascinating tours. Prison Day Tours highlight convict and prison life, daring escapes and colourful characters in tales laced with prison humour. Visitors with a spirit for adventure can descend 20 meters below the Prison to explore a one kilometre labyrinth of tunnels by foot and by boat on an underground Tunnels Tour or delve into the darker side of the Prison's history at night on a spooky Torchlight Tour.

Bookings are essential for Tunnels Tours and Torchlight Tours.

HMAS Ovens

The Oberon class submarine HMAS Ovens was gifted by the Federal Government to the people of Western Australia. It now resides in the WA Maritime Museum.

  • Museums:Maritime,Military

Details

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

Description

The Ovens was commissioned on the 18th May 1969. During its 26 years as an operational submarine with the Australian Navy, it has participated in a large number of exercises with both Australian and Allied forces throughout Asia and the Pacific. In 1986 Ovens became the first conventional submarine to fire the harpoon missile and followed up this success in 1987 with the sinking of the former HMAS Colok with a Mk 48 torpedo during a training exercise. Upon completion of service in 1997, Ovens was decommissioned and handed over to the WA Maritime Museum in 1998. It is still in the same condition as it was then, no equipment has been removed. It is now a WA Maritime Museum exhibit that serves as a living memorial to serving submariners and those who gave their lives whilst serving from Fremantle during World War II. Guided tours of the submarine depart every half hour from the Maritime Museum starting at 10:30am and running til 3:30pm. Entry charges apply.

WA Shipwrecks Museum

The WA Shipwrecks Museum is recognised as the foremost maritime archaeology museum in the southern hemisphere.

  • Museums:Maritime,State Museums

Details

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

Description

The Museum is housed in 1850s-era Commissariat building and has since been restored to its historic glory. Steeped in history, the galleries house hundreds of relics from ships wrecked along WA’s treacherous coastline, including the original timbers from the Batavia (wrecked in 1629), the de Vlamingh Dish, and also countless artefacts from the Dutch shipwrecks Zuytdorp, Zeewijk and Vergulde Draeck.

Western Australian Maritime Museum

The Western Australian Maritime Museum, located in Fremantle's bustling port, is a unique, modern venue overlooking the pristine waters of the Indian Ocean.

  • Museums:Maritime,State Museums

Details

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

Description

The Western Australian Maritime Museum, located in Fremantle's bustling port, is a unique, modern venue overlooking the pristine waters of the Indian Ocean. Sweeping glass is the main feature of the building and you can enjoy uninterrupted views of the harbour in four out of the five world-class venue spaces.

The Museum houses several unique galleries that explore WA's maritime relationship. From leisure boats and handcrafted sailing boats to commercial pearl luggers, the Museum inspires visitors to discover WA’s affinity with the ocean.

The Museum is home to the winning America's Cup yacht, Australia II, an Oberon class submarine — HMAS Ovens, Jon Sanders’ Parry Endeavour and many other iconic vessels from WA's maritime history.

The WA Maritime Museum is as versatile as it is spectacular, able to accommodate anything from small groups up to 500 people. There is an opportunity to integrate your event with the museum's displays providing guests with a private viewing of the any fascinating artefacts on show.

The awards-winning building design offers beautiful, unique spaces for our event clients providing ideal venue spaces for weddings, galas, banquets, cocktail functions and corporate events such as conferences, products launches, presentations, meetings and tradeshows.

With a dedicated team of event specialists to assist with all your planning needs and spaces guaranteed to deliver wow-factor, the museum is the perfect location for your next event.

Roundhouse

The Roundhouse is the oldest public building in the State of Western Australia. Opened in January 1831, just 18 months after settlement, it has had various uses over the years.

  • Historical Sites:Buildings,Prisons

Details

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

Description

The Roundhouse was built to hold any person convicted of a crime in the settlement and was used until 1886. After it ceased being used as a gaol it became a Police Lock-up until the late 1890s and then was used as accommodation for the Water Police, and afterwards as a storage facility for Fremantle Ports. When threatened with demolition in the 1920s it was saved and later control went to the State Government before it was deeded to the City of Fremantle.

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