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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”.

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.

Museum Of Natural History

You will never forget your visit to this world-class display of hundreds of Australia's native animals, birds, fish and reptiles.

  • Open Days/times:Tuesday to Sunday 10am to 5pm
  • Museums:Natural History

Details

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

Description

Experience the feel of the Australian bush as you wander amongst the kangaroos, emus, sharks and snakes, all beautifully presented by Master Taxidermist, Michael Buzza. Hundreds of exhibits have been patiently, and expertly, reproduced by Michael through his association with several official sites including the Department of Parks and Wildlife, which contracts Michael to help protect and conserve the state's natural environment.

This is a great venue for children to experience Australia's natural fauna and to inspect life-size models of dinosaurs, all housed in the heritage-listed former Regent Theatre.

The museum is just a five minute walk from Guildford train station, so join the many mums, dads, children of all ages and international tourists who have enjoyed this amazing galaxy of Australiana on display. 

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

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

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

  • 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.

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

Rottnest Island Museum

For only a gold coin donation you can learn all about Rottnest Island, it's past, present and even future plans. It's a must do on anyones trip to the beautiful Rottnest Island!

  • Open Days/times:Monday - Friday 8:30am to 5:00pm
  • Museums:Local History,Natural History
  • Historical Sites:Buildings

Details

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

Description

Housed in the original old mill and haystore, it was built by Aboriginal prisoners in 1857. The museum provides fascinating insights and comprehensive information about the Island including history, marine wrecks, European settlement, Aboriginal prisoners, communication and recreations.

Entry is by a gold coin donation. 

Rottnest Museum

Built with Aboriginal labour in 1857 by Henry Vincent, this building was originally a hayshed and granary.

  • Museums:Aboriginal,Local History,Natural History
  • Historical Sites:Buildings

Details

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

Description

Today the museum displays provide a comprehensive coverage of the main themes on the island; natural history, marine wrecks, European settlement, Aboriginal prisoners, communications and recreation. It also houses a wealth of historical photographs to view.

Shark Bay World Heritage Discovery & Visitor Centre

The Shark Bay Discovery Centre has been designed to showcase the significance and history of the Shark Bay region.

  • Museums:Natural History,Local History,Maritime
  • Open Days/times:Mon - Fri 9am - 4.30pm; Sat & Sun 10am - 4pm

Details

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

Description

The centre’s informative displays; soundscapes, historical and contemporary film footage, interactive multimedia and objects of rare scientific and historical significance take you on the most amazing journey around Shark Bay and across time, in company and conversation with those who have been part of this extraordinary place.

Entry into the Museum will give you a two day pass. So if you don't get through everything in one day, just keep your receipt and you can return again the next day.

Entrance fee is for a multi day pass: Adults $11, Concessions $8, Children $6 Family Pass $28

Shark Bay is considered to be one of the most significant areas of the world because of our unique ecological systems including the Stromatolites (the oldest living life form) and Shell Beach to the expansive sea grass beds which provide an important food source for the Dugongs and shelter for marine organisms Our Discovery and Visitor Centre showcases a museum exhibition displaying the whole area with its rich history. A visit to the museum will give you an insight into our incredible world heritage area and significant places of interest for you to see during your stay in the Bay.

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

Details

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

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 Police Historical Society Museum

The Western Australia Police Historical Society (Inc) was established by serving Police Officers in 1987. With support from Commissioner Brian Bull, our Collection was housed on Police premises until Mr Bull’s retirement in 1994.

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

Details

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

Description

The Western Australia Police Historical Society (Inc) was established by serving Police Officers in 1987. With support from Commissioner Brian Bull, our Collection was housed on Police premises until Mr Bull’s retirement in 1994.

His successor did not support the Society so we were forced to seek other storage facilities and retired Officers were required to fill the void.  The WA Police Union subsequently gave us an office and facilities for storage, in order that we could continue.

In November 2006 we were able to move into the premises at 57 Lincoln Street, Highgate Commissioner O’Callaghan leased the old Highgate Hill Police Station built 1897 and the Police quarters built 1906 (pictured above) to the Society with a 10 year renewable term. The Society has since taken residence in Scarborough, at 174 Scarborough Beach Road. 

In addition we secured a lease with the Water Corporation on their redundant sewage (tower) building, which is adjacent, for a lecture, meeting and work room. All these buildings are Heritage listed.

We established offices and a Museum in the Police quarters and restored the interior of the Police Station and cells to appear as if the Station is still in operation. Our main purpose is to preserve Police history, whether it be with aretfacts, photographs or documents, together with the personal histories of  former Officers. Organised group tours are conducted by appointment.

A quarterly Newsletter consisting of 8 to 12 pages titled The  Peelers Gazette, is produced. This has  a circulation of  170 copies and is produced in hard copy. It covers the activities of the Society as well as a feature article on some aspect of WA Police history.

The Society currently has 103 members, with a nomination fee set at $10.00  plus $10.00 annually. Monthly Meetings take place at 10am, on the first Tuesday of the month, with the exception of November when it is on the 2nd Tuesday. In January we are in recess.

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