Discovery Centre

Please Note: The Discovery Centre is now closed to the public in preparation for the New Museum.

Do you want to see dinosaur fossils, stone-age tools, meteorites, preserved vertebrates and invertebrates or perhaps some living frogs? The Discovery Centre has interactive displays and activities where young people and adults can get busy with their hands and minds. It is also the place to go to find answers to your scientific questions or to identify a biological specimen.

Kids with a crocodile in the Discovery Centre
Kids with a crocodile in the Discovery Centre
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Education Services

Splendid Tree Frog
Splendid tree frog
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The Discovery Centre is open after school and on weekends, providing an excellent venue for students who are undertaking school projects and assignments. Apart from the permanent displays, there is also the Library and a variety of science DVDs to assist with research.

During the school holidays special themed programs for children are run from the Centre. Please see the school holidays section of this website to view specific programs.


The Discovery Centre provides a variety of ways for visitors to research artefacts and specimens, and to gain knowledge into local history. Visitors can bring items for identification, and visitors are able to use the reference collection and library to learn about their objects.

The Discovery Centre Information Officer is happy to assist with your research and is able contact Museum Curators for difficult inquiries.

The Discovery Centre is about improving the knowledge of Western Australians through providing resources to assist them learn about Western Australia's natural science, and social and cultural history.


See Western Australian Museum – Perth for opening times.

Phone: (08) 9427 2836
Fax: (08) 9427 2882

Inside the Western Austalian Museum Discovery Centre
Kids and Animals inside the Discovery Centre
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