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Fire and Emergency Education and Heritage Centre

The Fire and Emergency Services Authority (FESA) Education and Heritage Centre is located in the original Perth Central Fire Station.

  • Museums:Local History,Other
  • Open Days/times:10AM - 3PM

Details

  • Facilities:Free,Wheelchair Access
  • Open Days:Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday

Description

Now refurbished, the old station characterises both past and present emergency services’ through displays dedicated to the history of Western Australian (WA) fire services and a natural hazards and disasters education gallery.

Museum of Performing Arts

The Museum of Performing Arts houses more than 40,000 catalogued items of theatre memorabilia collected by the theatre's historian. Items such as glamorous costumes, photographs, press clippings, scripts, scores and other historic pieces are publicly exhibited at the Museum, DownStairs at the Maj, with a new exhibition to view every six to eight weeks. The oldest item in the Museum collection dates back to 1854 - a beautiful silk programme from a Perth performance of amateur theatricals.

  • Museums:Local History,Other
  • Open Days/times:Mon - Fri 10AM - 4PM

Details

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

Description

HISTORY AND TOURS OF THE MUSEUM OF PERFORMING ARTS

Throughout its colourful and exciting history, His Majesty's Theatre has hosted a myriad of performance genres - from ballet to contemporary dance, opera to musical theatre, vaudeville to stand-up comedy, Shakespearean drama to pantomime and more.

Performers who have graced the stage at 'The Maj' include: Dame Nellie Melba, Anna Pavlova, Gladys Moncrieff, Dame Margot Fonteyn and Sir Robert Helpmann, as well as Academy Award winners Katharine Hepburn, Vivien Leigh, Sir John Gielgud, Claudette Colbert, Rex Harrison and Geoffrey Rush.


These performers, and thousands more who have performed at His Majesty's Theatre since 1904, have all contributed to the cultural and social livelihood of Western Australia. In a fitting celebration of this, in February 2001, His Majesty's Theatre opened the Museum of Performing Arts.

The Museum of Performing Arts is curated by Theatre Historian Ivan King and Friends of His Majesty's Theatre are only too happy to assist with enquiries.

Read the biography of Theatre Historian Ivan King.

The Museum of Performing Arts houses more than 40,000 catalogued items of theatre memorabilia collected by the theatre's historian. Items such as glamorous costumes, photographs, press clippings, scripts, scores and other historic pieces are publicly exhibited at the Museum, DownStairs at the Maj, with a new exhibition to view every six to eight weeks. The oldest item in the Museum collection dates back to 1854 - a beautiful silk programme from a Perth performance of amateur theatricals.

Find out about our various theatre tours including: Grand Historical, Behind the Scenes, School Education and Technical.

To access the extensive collection of archival production photographs, visit the Museum of Performing Arts website at www.mopa.com.au 

Museum Of Perth

The Museum of Perth chronicles the social, cultural, political and architectural history of Perth.

  • Open Days/times:Mon - Fri 10am - 4pm
  • Museums:Local History

Details

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

Description

Our exhibition gallery serves as a meeting place of ideas and stories, a retail space, micro-cinema and a cultural hub in a part of our city that is in flux. 

The Museum is an initiative of the Perth History Association Inc, a not-for-profit organisation founded in 2015; We are seeking volunteers and financial supporters to help us along the way, so please get in touch if you would like to help. 

 

New Museum

Opening 2020

  • Museums:Natural History,State Museums,Local History
  • Open Days/times:Opening 2020

Details

Description

The New Museum for Western Australia is one of the most significant museum redevelopments in the world today, and one of which all Western Australians should be incredibly proud.

Developed in the heart of the Perth Cultural Centre, it will share the stories of our people and place, acting as a gateway to explore all of Western Australia. It will reflect the extraordinary history, distinctiveness, creativity and diversity of our State and region.

Over the course of the project, and long after the doors have opened in 2020, the people of WA will be invited to contribute to the way we present the stories of our past, present and future. We will encourage dialogue, debate and the sharing of multiple perspectives to identify the stories and experiences that are important to our State.

We have an unprecedented opportunity to create a museum that is both reflective and worthy of WA. Our ambition is to be an excellent and vibrant Museum, valued and used by all Western Australians and admired by the world.

Old Court House Law Museum

The Old Court House Law Museum is unique to Australia and one of a very small number of law museums worldwide. It is housed in the City of Perth's oldest building, constructed in 1836.

  • Museums:Local History,Other
  • Open Days/times:Tue - Fri 10AM - 4PM

Details

  • Facilities:Free
  • Open Days:Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday

Description

The museum's objective is to promote understanding of the law, legal issues and the legal profession in Western Australia’s community and to preserve the history of the law and the legal profession in this state. The museum is a community service managed by the Law Society of Western Australia and is sponsored by the Public Purposes Trust and the Department of the Attorney General.

Early Days
The Old Court House is Perth’s oldest remaining public building and was the most prominent building in the early days of the Swan River Colony. For the first six years of the Colony, court was held in the Anglican Church of St James: a small building with rush walls and thatched roof.

In 1836 Governor Stirling called for tenders for the construction of a new court and accepted the lowest bid of £698. The building was designed by the Colony’s Civil Engineer, Henry William Reveley. When it opened in 1837 it also served as a church for all denominations and a schoolroom.

Concert Hall
The Old Court House was important in the early musical life of the colonists and was the scene of the first public concert. In 1846, Dom Salvado, a Spanish Benedictine Monk, gave a piano recital in the courtroom to raise funds to develop a mission. Salvado walked more than 100 kilometres to Perth from near New Norcia and gave a Bellini recital to a packed audience in the ragged clothes he arrived in.


Trial of John Gaven
The trial of John Gaven, the first European executed in the Colony, took place in the Old Court House in 1844. Gaven, a petty thief, was 15 years old when he was transported from Parkhurst Prison on the Isle of Wight and apprenticed to the Pollard family in the South West. Within a few months of his arrival, he was accused of the murder of 18 year old George Pollard. He was found guilty in the Old Court House and was hanged three days later outside the Roundhouse in Fremantle on Easter Saturday.


Convicts
In February 1849 a meeting of State importance was held in the Old Court House. In response to a labour shortage, farmers and merchants called a meeting at which a motion was passed in favour of a full penal colony. The following year convicts began to arrive.


Representative Government
The Old Court House was the venue for a public meeting to demand Representative Government. The demands were unsuccessful until 1870.

Arbitration Court
From 1905 to 1964 the State Industrial Arbitration Court proceedings were held in the Old Court House.

Law Society of Western Australia
From 1965 -1987 the Old Court House served as the office of the Law Society of Western Australia.

In 1987 the building was refurbished and opened to the public as the Francis Burt Law Education Centre and Museum - one of the few law museums worldwide.

In 1992 the Court House was listed by the National Trust as a Heritage Site.  

Today the Old Court House Law Museum houses exhibition galleries and court room.  It is  home to the Francis Burt Law Education Programme.

 

 

Royal Perth Hospital Museum

Royal Perth We have hosted many significant medical breakthroughs, and have an enviable global reputation that includes Nobel Prize-winning discoveries . Western Australia’s longest-serving hospital.

  • Museums:Local History,Other
  • Open Days/times:Wed & Thu 9AM - 2PM

Details

  • Facilities:Free
  • Open Days:Wednesday,Thursday

Description

Established in 1829 Royal Perth Hospital (RPH) is Western Australia’s longest-serving hospital and renowned for contributing to innovation and excellence in medical research and patient care. We have one of the busiest Emergency Departments in Australia and the second biggest trauma workload in the country.
 
As a premier teaching hospital, RPH has a number of joint appointments with the universities and built a global reputation in research and innovation. We have hosted many significant medical breakthroughs, and have an enviable global reputation that includes Nobel Prize-winning discoveries.
 
Our dedicated team of health care professionals and patient support staff provide exceptional care and are committed to provide safe, high-quality and efficient services to our patients. Together with our 500 volunteers, we provide Western Australians with a supportive and compassionate service.
 
RPH is a 450-bed hospital, continuing to provide an extensive range of services including:
 
adult major trauma
complex and elective surgery
highly specialised surgical services
tertiary mental health
specialist medical services
a range of same-day clinical support services.
Royal Perth Hospital respectfully acknowledge the past and present traditional owners, the Wadjuk people. It is a privilege to be working on Wadjuk country. We also acknowledge the contributions and collaboration of Aboriginal Australians and non-Aboriginal Australians towards the health and wellbeing of all people in this country, we all live and share together – Australia.
 
RPH is part of the East Metropolitan Health Service, one of the fastest growing health services in Western Australia.

WA Museum at the Perth Concert Hall

In addition to current WA Museum display, PCH offers behind the scenes tours where they reveal the secrets of the Perth Concert Hall - taking tour groups backstage, upstage, down narrow passageways, past technical contraptions and into a previously concealed area that is now used as a performance space.

  • Museums:Natural History,Science,State Museums
  • Open Days/times:9AM - 5PM

Details

  • Open Days:Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday
  • Facilities:Free,Wheelchair Access

Description

From the red desert of Australia to the red carpet of the Perth Concert Hall, a collection of objects showcasing Australia’s ancient history are now on display in the Perth Concert Hall foyer.
 
The Western Australian Museum has partnered with the Perth Concert Hall to display a selection of objects from its Earth and Planetary Sciences collection while the Museum's Perth site undergoes the biggest redevelopment in its 125-year history. 
 
The display includes an iron meteorite found in 1917 in the Murchison region, a cast of a Muttaburrasaurus dinosaur skeleton, a model Pteranodon, and two cast skeletons of now extinct megafauna – a short-faced kangaroo and a Diprotodon, a giant marsupial closely related to modern wombats.
 
WA Museum CEO Alec Coles said the partnership is part of the WA Museum’s off-site activation program which will ensure a range of collections are able to be enjoyed by audiences while the New Museum is being built. 
 
"We are delighted to exhibit some of our most popular objects in the heart of the City, so Western Australians and visitors to our State can continue to marvel at the wonder of these giant creatures that roamed the Earth millions of years ago," Mr Coles said. 
 
The objects at the Perth Concert Hall represent the incredible geological heritage of Australia and Western Australia: from the beginnings of our Solar System with the formation of meteorites, to dinosaurs that lived more than 100 million years ago, to the relatively recent megafauna that lived up to 25,000 years ago.  
 
Perth Concert Hall General Manager Brendon Ellmer said the WA Museum collection would connect with the diverse audiences that visit the Concert Hall.    
 
“Perth Concert Hall strives to offer every single visitor a unique and memorable experience. We hope that everyone, from children and families who come to the WASO Cushion Concerts or senior citizens who attend the Morning Music Series, to the pop-concert goers will recognise and enjoy the Museum collection,” Mr Ellmer said.
 
“We’re really excited to have the dinosaurs and megafauna in the limelight at the Perth Concert Hall.”
 
The WA Museum’s Perth site is closing to the public on 18 June for four years while the State Government completes its $428.3 million redevelopment. Doors to the New Museum for Western Australia are scheduled to open in the Perth Cultural Centre in 2020. 

YAL Museum

Young Australia League (YAL) has been supporting young Australian’s since it first opened its doors in 1905

  • Museums:Local History
  • Open Days/times:Wed & Fri 10AM - 2PM

Details

  • Open Days:Wednesday,Friday

Description

With a 110-year history we have a wonderful collection of photos, artefacts and momentos from trips, tours and the evolution of the YAL. Our Museum has a number of unique item which can’t be seen anywhere else. Like US President Hoover’s inauguration wreath, which he presented to the YAL touring party who he invited to his inauguration in 1929. The Museum is open Wednesdays & Fridays from 10am till 2pm, but we are happy to accommodate groups by arrangement on any day. The YAL Museum isn’t just the history of our unique organisation but is also a journey through the coming of age of our great nation.
 
Visit our Gallery for images of some of the items we have on display. Our Curator Jan McCallum would be happy to hear from you if you would like some more information.

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