Museum of the Great Southern

"The replica of the Brig Amity."

Walk up the gangplank and step back in time aboard the Brig Amity to find out what life was like aboard a convict ship in 1826. 

As you explore the ship, listen to the story of the Brig’s perilous 6 week journey from Sydney to King George Sound to establish the first European settlement on the west coast of Australia.

Discover the sights and sounds below deck that were encountered by those aboard as they headed for unknown lands, sharing space with the ship’s crew, 23 convicts, 21 soldiers and enough domestic animals, food crops and building materials to start the small, remote outpost.

The informative and helpful volunteer guides will assist you to navigate your visit and will be happy to answer any questions you may have. They can also tell you other interesting things to do in Albany.

And when the Brig is not being a convict ship it often transforms into a Pirate ship with many a small and not so small swashbuckler climbing the gangplank in hopes of raising the Jolly Roger and finding treasure stowed below decks.

Further Details

The Brig Amity is staffed by volunteers, so during inclement weather, opening and closing times may vary. To avoid disappointment please ring the Museum of the Great Southern on 9841 4844 ahead of your visit.

The Brig is closed Good Friday, Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day


Bookings are recommended for groups of 10 or more.

Adults $5.00
Child $2.00
Concession* $4.00
Family^ $12.00
Tour Groups P.O.A

* Concession applies to card holders.
^ Two adults and two children

Pirate Birthday Parties

If you are planning a child’s Pirate Party and would like to include a visit on the Pirate Ship (Brig Amity), please call Catherine Salmaggi on 9841 4844.

"The replica of the Brig Amity."

The replica of the Brig Amity.

Image Copyright WA Museum

Getting Here


Residency Road,
Western Australia,

(08) 9841 4844


By Bus
The Museum of the Great Southern is located within walking distance of the town centre, which is serviced by the several bus services, visit the PTA website for timetables.

By Car
Parking is available in onsite.