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Museums in Perth City


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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

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  • 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

Aviation Heritage Museum of Western Australia

The Royal Australian Air Force Association Aviation Heritage Museum of Western Australia is widely recognised as one of the best of its kind in Australia and indeed, the world.

  • Museums:Aviation

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

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Tracing its origins back to 1959, the Museum draws its purpose from its parent body, the RAAF Association 'to foster aviation in every possible way to preserve our nation’s proud aviation heritage’.

Concentrating on Australian and West Australian aviation history the Museum houses more than 30 aircraft, pride of place goes to the Avro Lancaster, one of only 17 left in the world today. Other aircraft in the Museum’s collection include a late model Spitfire, two Tiger Moths and a replica Bristol Tourer, the first aircraft to fly commercial flights in Australia.

In addition the Aviation Heritage Museum has built up an extensive collection of documentary, photographic and other research resources over the 25 years it has existed. They are used by Museum staff in preparing displays and publications and are available by appointment to those researching aviation histories.

The Aviation Heritage Museum is located in Bull Creek, a 20 minute drive south of Perth.

Burt Memorial Hall Soldier Chapel

CATHEDRAL SQUARE An inner city neighborhood in the heart of Perth. Houses the Burt Memorial Hall named after the 2 sons of Septimus Burt and his wife Louisaso Burt Memorial Hall later chapel was built

  • Museums:Local History
  • Historical Sites:Buildings

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

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The Burt Memorial Hall stands in the heart of the Heritage Precinct of Perth. It is an important historic symbol of Perth’s Burt family, who played a significant role in the government of the Swan River Colony when it was first established.
 
Archibald Burt came half way round the world to be the first Chief Justice of Western Australia, and earn a reputation for fair dealing with the indigenous peoples.
 
Of the three sons who came with Archibald in 1861, Septimus became the State’s first Attorney General. More recently, Archibald’s great-grandson, Sir Francis Burt, was Judge of the Supreme Court from 1969–77, Chief Justice from 1977–88, Lieutenant Governor of Western Australia from 1977–90 and Governor from 1990–93.
 
Tragically, Septimus lost two sons in the Great War. When Theodore Burt was killed at Montauban in 1916 his father built the Burt Memorial Hall as a memorial to his son. The Foundation stone on the South-West corner of the building was laid by Lord Forrest on 26 October 1917. A year later, Francis Burt was killed at Villers-Bretonneux. A memorial tablet of Donnybrook stone and Australian marble is mounted on the wall of the staircase well near the main entrance.
 
The Burt Memorial Hall is a superb example of a community building constructed in the Gothic Revival style. It was designed by Mr Herbert Parry, son of the second Bishop of Perth.
 
Worked into the fabric on the south side of the building facing St George’s Terrace are the Arms of the Diocese of Perth and the Burt family crest.
 
In 1922 a magnificent stained glass window depicting the Four Virtues was incorporated into this side of the building in memory of Septimus by his wife, Louisa. It consists of four large panels with figures representing the virtues of Justice, Prudence, Temperance and Fortitude. Beneath these panels are the Coats of Arms of the United Kingdom and Australia together with the Diocesan Arms of Canterbury and Perth.
 
The Hall’s position abutting St George’s Terrace, central to the Heritage Precinct increases its significance as a community facility. The lower dining room was used as a soup kitchen during the Great Depression of the 1930s. In World War II, it was used to house Dutch refugees fleeing from Indonesia (Dutch East Indies) and to provide meals to returned servicemen.
 
In May 1979 a fire in one of the rooms beneath the hall caused extensive damage to valuable equipment, books, furnishings and other effects. The fire also burnt the floor of the main hall, which had to be replaced.
 
The years have taken their toll on the old building. From 2012 to 2014, a new roof was added and a complete refurbishment undertaken as part of the Cathedral Restoration Project. The restored building was reopened and rededicated at Evensong on Sunday 20 July 2014.
 
The Burt Memorial Hall is currently used for a variety of Cathedral and diocesan functions, receptions, workshops, educational visits and exhibitions.

City of Vincent Library

A library and history centre in the heart of Leederville.

  • Museums:Local History

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

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No matter who you are, everyone is welcome to join the Library. Plus, membership is FREE!

Joining is super-easy, and to do so you’ll just need to bring in a few items:

Current proof of your name and address
The name, phone number and address of an alternative contact who doesn’t live at your address
If you’re a kid under 16, you’ll need mum, dad or your guardian to sign your membership application.

EDCC Earth Science Museum

The Museum offers a simple and interactive way for visitors of all ages to discover and explore earth sciences.

  • Museums:Science,Natural History

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  • Open Days:Monday,Wednesday,Friday,Saturday

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More than a thousand school students are treated each year to rare experiences such as touching a meteorite, creating their own (non-destructive) earthquake and handling some of Western Australia’s unusual minerals.

The Museum is part of the School of Earth and Environment.

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

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

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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 (Temporarily Closed)

The Oberon class Submarine HMAS Ovens is an authentic Cold War-era vessel situated on Fremantle's historic World War Two submarine slipway.

  • Museums:Maritime,Military

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

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Visitors can find out what life is like aboard a submarine and immerse themselves in Fremantle's secret wartime history.
 
Tours reveal intimate details about living and serving aboard the 89 metre long vessel. Amongst controls, sensors, tactical equipment and torpedoes, 63 people lived and served aboard the vessel in extremely cramped conditions.

Peninsula Farm

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Located on the banks of the Swan River off Johnson Road, Maylands, is one of the first farms in the colony and the earliest metro residence still standing.

  • Museums:Farming,Local History

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  • Open Days:Friday,Saturday,Sunday

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As the site of one of the first farms in the colony and the earliest residence still standing in the metropolitan area, Peninsula Farm offers a unique opportunity to explore the first years of European settlement in Western Australia.

The Nostalgia Box

The Nostalgia offers a fun, unique experience for visitors to learn about the history of video games. Uncover some old friends, fun facts and unexpected creations as you explore the Museum.

  • Museums:Other

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  • Open Days:Friday,Saturday,Sunday

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The Nostalgia Box: Australia’s first and only interactive Video Game Console Museum, located in Perth. Discover how a simple bouncing-block video game created the billion-dollar gaming industry we know today. The Museum is home to an impressive collection of over 100 consoles dating from console gaming’s beginnings in the 1970s to the high-tech wonders of today. Uncover some old friends, fun facts and unexpected creations as you explore the journey of the mighty video game console.  Then replay all the classic games like Pong, Space Invaders, Super Mario, Sonic, Crash Bandicoot and many more in the gaming area. The perfect way to experience game history! Come relive your childhood again and share these magical moments with the new generation. 

The Perth Mint

The Perth Mint has been open for 118 years. they have custom and unique coins ranging from a Norse to of the ghost buster coins and more. Come and see the rich and unique experience of the Perth Mint

  • Museums:Local History

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

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The Perth Mint opened in 1899 in response to the discovery of rich gold deposits in Coolgardie and Kalgoorlie. It was Australia's third branch of Britain's Royal Mint - the others being the Sydney Mint and the Melbourne Mint (both closed). Diggers, who flocked to the then colony of Western Australia in huge numbers from other parts of Australia and from around the world, deposited their raw gold with us where it was refined and minted into gold coins. Gold refining continually took place at our original Hay Street premises until April 1990, when the operation was moved to a modern facility in Perth’s eastern suburbs. Between 1899 and 1931, we struck more than 106 million gold sovereigns and nearly 735,000 half sovereigns for use as currency in Australia and throughout the British Empire. The visionary leader Sir John Forrest, the first Premier of Western Australia, is regarded as our founding father. 'Big John' foresaw the importance of gold in the development of Western Australia's economy, and successfully lobbied the British Government to establish a branch of the Royal Mint in Perth. Forrest laid our foundation stone in 1896. Designed by George Temple Poole, our heritage building is one of Perth most impressive colonial-era monuments. In recognition of the quality of the architect's work, we possess the highest classification from the National Trust and are one of the first buildings entered on the State's heritage register.

WA Shipwrecks Museum

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

  • Museums:Maritime,State Museums

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

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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.

Wanneroo Regional Museum

Located within the Wanneroo Library and Cultural Centre, the Wanneroo Regional Museum showcases and celebrates the history of the local area with over 300 objects and photographs on display

  • Museums:Local History

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

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The City of Wanneroo Cultural Services team explores and celebrates creativity, imagination and our cultural heritage and history through our fantastic venues - Wanneroo Regional Museum & Community History Centre, Wanneroo Gallery and two beautifully preserved heritage houses, Cockman House and Buckingham House.

We research, preserve and develop the City of Wanneroo’s cultural heritage and history, sharing the stories of the district through our Collections and connecting contemporary life to that of past generations. We seek to bring people together across differences, building a strong, vibrant and shared identity.

Our collections reflect the social history of the region along themes of market gardening, migration, civic life, recreation and the deep connection to our long stretch of coastline. We are committed to telling the continuing stories of our First Nations peoples and providing a safe, welcoming, gathering place for people from all backgrounds.

Together with volunteers, we provide activities, programs and experiences through active engagement with visitors throughout the museum and heritage houses. Our dedicated Heritage Education team delivers a popular range of programs that make history come alive for generations of school children.

For more information, check out http://www.wanneroo.wa.gov.au/historyheritageandarts

 

 

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

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

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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.

Perth Town Hall

The Perth Town Hall, situated on the corner of Hay and Barrack streets, is the only convict-built town hall in Australia.

  • Historical Sites:Buildings

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

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Designed by Richard Roach Jewell and James Manning in the Victorian Free Gothic style, the hall was built by convicts and free men between 1868 and 1870. Its decorations contain a number of convict motifs, including windows in the shape of the broad arrow, and decorations in the shape of a hangman's rope.

The foundation stone for Perth Town Hall was laid on 24 May 1867 by Governor Hampton in a ceremony involving a lot of pomp and parade. However there were torrential downpours. The ceremony went on anyway with an official procession from Government House and a mock battle performed by the Volunteer Regiments, Enrolled Forces of Pensioners, and the WA Country Regiment.

In 1929, the Centenary of Western Australia one of the events in the city of Perth was the placing of a commemorative plaque in the north west corner of the building by the Governor Sir William Campion. 

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

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

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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.

Saint Mary's Catholic Church

St. Mary’s Catholic Church is built on land once owned by the Leeder family.

  • Historical Sites:Churches

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

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The role of the Parish Pastoral Council is to promote the Church’s mission to live and communicate the love and values of Christ in the world around us. The Council shares in the responsibility for the ongoing life and development of our parish community to provide support for their faith and the mission of the church.It involves listening and studying the life and activity of the parish to:
Research and identify needs, ideas, hopes and feedback of parishioners
Encourage and support the continuing good work of existing groups within our parish
Develop, implement, review and improve pastoral programs
Set short-term and long-term pastoral goals for our parish community within our Archdiocesan priorities
Provide support for our Priest, working collaboratively with him and with each other.

St George's Cathedral

Situated in the heart of the city of Perth, St George's is the principal cathedral of the Anglican Province of Western Australia and the metropolitical Diocese of Perth.

  • Historical Sites:Churches

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

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Situated in the heart of the city of Perth, St George's is the principal cathedral of the Anglican Province of Western Australia and the metropolitical Diocese of Perth.

Consecrated in 1888, St George's Cathedral stands as an architectural gem to the glory of God, to the pioneers who funded and constructed it and to the generations of faithful people who have maintained and preserved its fabric and traditions over the years.

St George's is one of only a few cathedrals constructed of handmade bricks.

Its gothic revival design is enhanced by a blend of local and imported materials, including local jarrah roof trusses and arches, limestone from Fremantle, bricks manufactured in three different brickyards along the Swan River, bluestone pillars from Victoria, Oregon pine ceilings, marble reredos manufactured in Italy with English alabaster inserts and a Caen stone pulpit carved in France.

Within the Cathedral are numerous icons, beautiful stained glass windows and memorials to Western Australian pioneers, community leaders and those who served in the wars of the twentieth century. The Soldiers' Chapel is a place of special interest.

The Cathedral's peal of bells, founded as a memorial to Queen Victoria, can be heard each Sunday before the 10.00am Choral Eucharist and 5.00pm Choral Evensong. These services also feature the widely acclaimed Cathedral Choir.

This historic Cathedral in the heart of the city offers traditional Anglican worship, challenging preaching, and a lively Christian community for people of all ages. We hope that you enjoy your visit to our website, and that you will worship with us whenever you are in Perth. 

St Mary's Cathedral

St Mary's Cathedral, Perth, officially the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary, is the cathedral church of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Perth, and seat of its Archbishop.

  • Historical Sites:Churches

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

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