The Western Australian Museum has six sites located around Western Australia: Perth, Maritime, Shipwrecks, Albany, Geraldton and Kalgoorlie-Boulder. Our museums take visitors on a journey through the state's natural history and cultural heritage, and feature a wide array of touring, long-term and internally developed exhibitions.
Western Australian Museum — Perth
In a digital age where authenticity is at a premium, the Western Australian Museum’s natural, social and cultural history collections have never been more important as an avenue for exploring our past, determining our place in the world and looking to our future. Share your community’s culture and identity and explore the diversity and creativity of our world through the WA Museum's displays and our program of special exhibitions, events and activities.
Western Australian Maritime Museum
Perched on the Indian Ocean's shore, the Western Australian Maritime Museum is symbolic of Fremantle’s past, present and future as a coastal city and port.
The Museum houses several unique galleries that explore WA's relationship with the sea. From leisure boats and handcrafted sailing boats to commercial pearl luggers, the Museum inspires visitors to discover WA’s affinity with the ocean.
Western Australian Museum – Shipwreck Galleries
The Western Australian Museum — Shipwreck Galleries is recognised as the foremost maritime archaeology museum in the southern hemisphere.
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 plate, and also countless artefacts from the Dutch shipwrecks Zuytdorp, Zeewijk and Vergulde Draeck.
Western Australian Museum – Albany
Refurbished in July 2010, the refitted museum overlooks picturesque Princess Royal Harbour, on the site of first European settlement in Western Australia.
The Western Australian Museum — Albany 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.
Western Australian Museum – 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.
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.
Western Australian Museum – Kalgoorlie-Boulder
The Western Australian Museum — Kalgoorlie-Boulder 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.