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Museum of Geraldton

Overlooking the Indian Ocean, the Western Australian Museum — Geraldton celebrates the rich heritage of the land, sea and people of the Mid West region.

  • Museums:Local History,Maritime,State Museums

Details

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

Description

Overlooking the Indian Ocean, the Museum of Geraldton celebrates the rich heritage of the land, sea and people of the Mid West region.

Enjoy a guided tour through the stories from four major early shipwrecks located in the region, the Batavia, Gilt Dragon, Zuytdorp, and Zeewijk or learn more about the discovery of HMAS Sydney (II), the pride of the fleet. Witness the wrecks of HMAS Sydney (II) and HSK Kormoran as they currently lie, 2,500 metres deep on the ocean floor, in From Great Depths, a moving exhibit and 3D film.

Discover ancient landforms, Yamaji history and culture, and the region’s natural landscapes and marine environment. Find out how more recent European exploration and settlement has developed the Mid-West including the agriculture, fishing, mining and science industries.

The archaeological riches from four Dutch shipwrecks - Batavia, Gilt Dragon, Zuytdorp, and Zeewijk, are revealed in the Shipwrecks Gallery. Visitors can join a guided highlights tour available daily at 11.30am.

The Museum’s shop has a great range of souvenirs, gifts and educational items suited to all ages and interests.

Museum of the Goldfields

Discover the unique role Kalgoorlie has played in WA’s development, both as a centre of mining and its place at the edge of the Nullarbor Plain, at the Museum of the Goldfields

  • Museums:Local History,Mining,State Museums

Details

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

Description

The Museum of the Goldfields showcases the rich history of the Eastern Goldfields and the city’s mining heritage.

Discover the unique role the town has played in WA’s development, both as a centre of mining and its place at the edge of the Nullarbor Plain.

Explore the largest display of the State’s collection of gold bars and nuggets, step back in time to see how prospectors searched for this precious metal, and learn about the life and hardships faced by mining families during the early 1900s.

Museum of the Great Southern

The Museum of the Great Southern provides exhibitions, public programs, educational programs and information on the unique natural and social history of the region.

  • Museums:Aboriginal,Local History,Natural History,State Museums
  • Open Days/times:10AM - 4PM

Details

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

Description

Refurbished in July 2010, the refitted the Museum of the Great Southern overlooks picturesque Princess Royal Harbour, on the site of first European settlement in Western Australia.

The Museum of the Great Southern provides exhibitions, public programs, educational programs and information on the unique natural and social history of the region.

The Museum shares the stories of the indigenous Noongar people and the influence of Mokare, a young Noongar warrior, as well as the stories of the early settlers and convicts, and also explores the region's unique natural landscape, flora and fauna.

New Museum

Opening 2020

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

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.

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:Saturday,Sunday,Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday
  • 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. 

WA Shipwrecks Museum

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

  • Museums:Military,Maritime,State Museums
  • Open Days/times:9.30AM - 5PM

Details

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

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:Military,Maritime,State Museums
  • Open Days/times:9.30AM - 5PM

Details

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

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.

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