Marvellous Machines

School holidays at the Western Australian Maritime Museum

Sat 19 Dec 2015Sun 31 Jan 2016


Western Australian Maritime Museum

boy with one of da Vinci's Machines

Come and join us in Fremantle these school holidays to celebrate da Vinci’s genius and encounter and test some amazing machines.

Marvel at the Da Vinci Machines exhibition, explore his world of imaginative machines and then try your own construction challenge.

Entry to the fascinating Da Vinci Machines exhibition is free with Maritime Museum entry. Alternately you could take a journey into pirate adventure at the Shipwreck Galleries with a museum trail full of treasure! 

Da Vinci Machines

Da Vinci Machines brings the innovations of Leonardo da Vinci to life, featuring more than 75 exhibits reconstructed from illustrations and writings by the mastermind.

More than 500 years ago, Leonardo da Vinci conceived of possibilities far beyond the understanding of others. His ideas about nature, anatomy, mechanics and flight, recorded in his manuscripts, reveal a man of extraordinary vision. Da Vinci’s innovations in the field of painting influenced the course of Italian art for more than a century after his death, and his scientific studies in anatomy, optics, biology, mathematics and physics, anticipated many of the developments in modern science.

Encounter and test his amazing machines, see his magnificent artworks, and reflect on the genius that was Leonardo da Vinci.

Dates: 19 December 2015 – 28 February 2016

Times: 9.30am – 5pm

Cost: exhibition is free with Maritime Museum entry

Ages: all ages

Bookings: required for groups of 10+ on 1300 134 081

Marvellous Machines

Take the parachute and helicopter challenge, create your own mini-catapult or write a message using da Vinci’s secret code.

Dates: 11 – 15 January and 18 – 22 January

Times: 10.30am – 1.30pm

Cost: $3 for all activities

Ages: 4+

Bookings: required for groups 10+

Six Simple Machines

Dates: daily from Saturday 9 January

Time: 9.30am – 5.00pm

Cost: free*         

Ages: all ages     

Bookings: no bookings required

Join us in the Discovery Zone and explore incredible structural achievements of the past, and learn about the six simple machines that made them possible.

Time Trekker: Who Sunk My Battleship?

Dates: Thursday 21 January, Friday 22 January, Saturday 23 January (family friendly experiences)

Time: sign in at 9.15am for 9.30am – 12.30pm session

Cost: early-bird (till 4 pm, Mon 28 Dec 2015) $50.00 – 1 adult + 1 child; $30.00 – additional child/adult standard fee $55.00 – 1 adult + 1 child; $38.00 – additional child/adult

Age: 6 – 12 years with accompanying adult

Booking: essential

Purchase Tickets

Thursday 21 January Friday 22 January Saturday 23 January

Venture into the secret world of submarine warfare as you go on a tour of the HMAS Ovens. Find out what is needed to keep war-time vessels afloat – then design, build and test your own balloon powered battleship.

*WA Maritime Museum entry fees apply. Please visit the website for health and safety information related to touring the submarine, HMAS Ovens.

Da Vinci Machines

WA Museum

Getting Here

Google map of Western Australian Museum - Fremantle


Victoria Quay,
Western Australia,

1300 134 081

Google map of Western Australian Museum - Fremantle

By Train
The Western Australian Maritime Museum is located within walking distance of Fremantle Station visit the Transperth website for timetables.

By Bus
The Western Australian Maritime Museum is serviced by the free Fremantle Cat Service, at stop 24. Visit the Transperth website for timetables and details.

By Car
Paid parking is available in the City of Fremantle car park just outside the Western Australian Museum — Shipwreck Galleries. Additional paid parking is available in the Wilsons car park at the Western Australian Museum — Maritime, Victoria Quay which is a short walk from the Western Australian Museum — Shipwreck Galleries. Download a map of available parking.

By Ferry
Captain Cook Cruises offer a range of ferry services from Perth which stop nearby at B-Shed ferry terminal.

Comprehensive accessibility information about the Western Australian Maritime Museum can be found on the Access WA website.