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Denmark Dinosaur World

  • (08) 9840 8335

Get up close and personal with the only T-Rex in Australia!

  • Open Days/times:9.30am-4.30pm Every Day Oct-April; 10am-4pm Every Day May-Sept
  • Museums:Natural History,Science

Details

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

Description

Marvel at Protoceratops, the horned dinosaur… plus many more! Here you can see some of the tallest & smallest meat-eating dinosaurs, dinosaurs from the Jurassic & Cretaceous periods of time, and meet Tyrannosaurus Rex and Velociraptor made infamous in the movie “Jurassic Park”.

EDCC Earth Science Museum

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

  • Open Days/times:Mon, Wed & Fri 9:30am to 5pm, Sat 2pm to 5pm
  • Museums:Science

Details

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

Description

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.

Edward De Courcy Clark Earth Science Museum

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

  • Open Days/times:Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 9:30am - 5pm.
  • Museums:Natural History,Science

Details

  • Open Days:Monday,Wednesday,Friday

Description

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.

Greenbushes Discovery Centre

The Greenbushes Discovery Centre tells the story of human involvement with the environment.

  • Open Days/times:Open Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday 10am - 2pm
  • Museums:Farming,Local History,Mining,Science

Details

  • Open Days:Sunday,Wednesday,Friday,Saturday

Description

It houses interactive displays and unique games set in various themes namely Mining, Timber Milling, Community and Agriculture, all under the umbrella of 'The Land'. Open 10am to 2pm Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.

Experience the "Discovery Forest" interactive timber display or explore the "Discovery Decline" replica underground tunnel. Take a walk on the suite of walk trails and experience the natural environment and history of the area.

Take a walk along the "Heritage Amble" walk trail and play the Game, visiting the many historic sites identified along Blackwood Road. Enjoy the Heritage Amble as you take the journey in the footsteps of a fictional Greenbushes character as you play the Game.

The Centre is open for ad hoc tours or group tours, by prior arrangement, and provides a comfortable and relaxing venue for tour groups to stop and allow travellers to stretch their legs. The Discovery Centre is located at 38 Blackwood Road in Greenbushes, opposite the Heritage Park and is open Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 10am to 2pm or by prior arangement. Phone (08) 9764 3883.

Volunteers from the local community, who have an enormous amount of history to share, operate the Centre.

Municipal Museum

The Municipal Museum is one of Western Australia's outstanding regional museums. Exhibits include the world's largest and most comprehensive Skylab display. Open Daily 1:30pm – 4:30pm.

  • Historical Sites:Buildings
  • Museums:Farming,Local History,Science

Details

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

Description

Perth Observatory

Perth Observatory for over a 120 years with our wide range of telescopes has provided the people of Perth with grand tours of the Southern Hemisphere’s night sky

  • Museums:Science
  • Open Days/times:10AM - 4.30PM and Night Tours

Details

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

Description

On our night sky tours you'll get to experience our amazing night sky that can be hidden be Perth's light pollution in the suburbs. Using our wide range of telescopes our volunteers will take you on a grand tour of the amazing Southern Hemisphere's night sky which includes a wide range of targets including Nebulas, planets, dying stars, and enormous star clusters.

The Perth Observatory is Western Australia’s oldest observatory which is located in the Perth Hills in Bickley. The Observatory has served WA for over 120 years providing science outreach to the public and also being an important site for astronomical research. Because of its scientific, cultural and historical significance, the Observatory was entered on the state’s Heritage Register in 2005.

We have also partnered with Landsdale Bus Charters to provide fully air-conditioned return bus transfers between the Perth CBD, Crown Casino and the Observatory on every second Friday of the Month.  Pick-ups are available from the Bell Tower at Elizabeth Quay and the Crown Casino at Burswood, with other locations possible by prior arrangement.

Planet Shark: Predator or Prey

Leave the outside world behind as you immerse yourself in the incredible underwater world of sharks with our new exhibition at the WA Maritime Museum: Planet Shark: Predator or Prey.

  • Open Days/times:Saturday 6 July – Sunday 10 November. Open daily 9.30am – 5pm
  • Represented Artists:Planet Shark: Predator or Prey exhibition
  • Museums:Maritime,Natural History,Other,Science

Details

  • Wheelchair Access:Yes
  • Open Days:Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday,Public Holidays

Description

Leave the outside world behind as you immerse yourself in the incredible underwater world of sharks!

Our latest exhibition at the WA Maritime Museum will take you on a journey through millions of years of evolution, leaving you with a whole new level of respect for the ocean’s oldest and most effective predator.

Produced on a size and scale never seen in Australia before, Planet Shark includes awe-inspiring models of real sharks, an extraordinary collection of shark teeth and jaws, and extremely old and rare fossils—some up to 370 million years old.

This exhibition also includes a walk through gallery where you will be mesmerised by stunning HD projections of underwater shark footage.

Whether sharks fill you with fear or fascination, Planet Shark: Predator or Prey will have you captivated from start to finish. Don’t miss out on this unique experience for young and old alike!

WA Maritime Museum

Exhibitions runs: Saturday 6 July – Sunday 10 November

Open daily 9.30am – 5pm

Various ticket prices; group discounts available - and kids under 5 free!

Purchase your tickets now from museum.wa.gov.au/planet-shark

Scitech

Scitech is Western Australia's leading science education centre that offers engaging and interactive science experiences for visitors of all ages.

  • Museums:Science
  • Open Days/times:Mon - Fri 9.30AM - 4PM, Sat & Sun 10AM - 5PM

Details

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

Description

Scitech is Western Australia's leading science education centre that offers engaging and interactive science experiences for visitors of all ages.

Featuring over 100 hands-on and engaging exhibits, Scitech encourage visitors to touch, twist, turn, question and explore.

Scitech features:

  • Two feature exhibitions
  • Daily shows in the Lotterywest Science and Puppet Theatres
  • An in-house CSIRO Lab
  • Australasia’s largest planetarium
  • The Discovery Shop

Scitech also has an extensive touring program that visits every regional and remote community across Western Australia. These hugely popular Outreach programs deliver science shows and experiments to eagedinoshadows updated school and community audiences. Teachers also benefit from our Professional Learning team, which offers development and support programs.

Behind-the-scenes at Scitech, our workshop team are world-renowned for creating innovative and creative exhibitions that, after being premiered at our City West centre, travel around the world to international science centres, museums and galleries.

The Gravity Discovery Centre

Discover the ultimate day out. Amazing science, art & bushwalks. Climb the leaning tower.

  • Museums:Science
  • Open Days/times:10AM - 4PM, Fri - Sat 10AM - 8PM

Details

  • Facilities:Cafe
  • Open Days:Tuesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday

Description

Visit an award winning tourist location. The Gravity Discovery Centre is a highly respected science education and tourism facility in Western Australia, and the only science centre with a focus on Cosmology, Astronomy and Physics. This unique facility provides exciting science experiences for families, children, students and tourists.

Whether you are 5 or 50 there are so many cool hands-on science experiments and displays for you to get involved in. Test your strength on the magnetic pole. Listen to your own drum through the sound coil. Measure your weight on different planets. Watch how your own tennis ball is sucked into the giant black hole. Are you brave enough to stand on the edge of the magnetic pendulum? You can also test gravity by dropping water balloons from the 45m Leaning Tower! Walk along our 1km solar system, the distances between the planets are exactly to scale as if you were travelling in your own space ship through space.

The Cosmology Gallery is home to works of art from various cultural backgrounds with different artists showing their understanding of culture, religion, science and astronomy. Here you will see the Timeline of Our Universe and the wonderful Penrose Tiled Floor.

In addition we are located in stunning bushland and are surrounded by beautiful plants, especially in the spring when the bush comes to life! We offer 1 and 2km bushwalks with a guided map.

Our cafe serves drinks, snacks and ice-creams and our gift shop is stocked with souvenirs. Self guided and Guided tours are available.

We welcome group bookings.

This experience will challenge your thinking about science and our Universe!

The Gingin Observatory is right next door.

WA Museum

CLOSED UNTIL 2019.

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

Details

  • Facilities:Free

Description

The Western Australian Museum is the State’s premier cultural organisation, housing WA’s scientific and cultural collection. For over 120 years the Western Australian Museum has been making the State's natural and social heritage accessible and engaging through research, exhibitions and public programs.

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. 

Western Australian Medical Museum

The museum offers many exhibitions including an operating theatre, aboriginal medicine, early pharmaceuticals, dental workshop and surgery and many more.

  • Museums:Aboriginal,Local History,Science
  • Open Days/times:Wed 10.30AM - 4PM, Sun 2PM - 4PM

Details

  • Open Days:Wednesday,Sunday

Description

The museum occupies the heritage-listed Harvey House, which became Perth's first maternity hospital in 1916. Admission is only 4$ for adults and 1$ for children.

Some of the other exhibitions include: iron lung and polio display, early hospital artefacts and equipment, hands-on electronic equipment, King Edward Memorial Hospital's original X-ray department, pathology and physiotherapy, the Royal Flying Doctor, nursing during Wartime, general practitioner's surgery, ophthalmology display, early pharmaceuticals, test for colour blindness and Chloe, their oldest exhibit.

Come in for a visit!

Wireless Hill Museum

Previously used by the Noongar Beeliar Aboriginal people as a lookout and a place to send smoke signals, Wireless Hill became the site of Applecross Wireless Station in 1912.

  • Museums:Local History,Military,Science
  • Open Days/times:Opens April 2019

Details

Description

Previously used by the Noongar Beeliar Aboriginal people as a lookout and a place to send smoke signals, Wireless Hill became the site of Applecross Wireless Station in 1912.
 
The Wireless Station was one of Australia’s first links with radio technology and was used for telecommunications during World War One and World War Two. Using Morse Code, the Station communicated with ships off the Australian coast using a mast that was 112 metres tall. For a historical timeline of the Station, click here.
 
In 1968 the Station was vacated and it is now listed on the Western Australian Register of Heritage Places. Located within the old Engine Room of the Station, Wireless Hill Museum currently hosts regular exhibitions, educational talks, school holiday activities, and a Museum Learning Program.
 

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