WA Shipwrecks Museum

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The WA Shipwrecks Museum 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 Batavia (wrecked in 1629), the de Vlamingh Dish, and also countless artefacts from the Dutch shipwrecks Zuytdorp, Zeewijk and Vergulde Draeck.


All Western Australian Museum sites will reopen to visitors this Saturday, 6 June. In line with requirements of the WA Government’s Phase 3 of the Roadmap to Recovery, there will also be a limit of 100 people per single undivided space, and up to 300 people per Museum over multiple spaces. This takes into account the new occupancy limit that allows 1 person per 2 square metres of venue space.
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Opening times

Please note: The Western Australian Shipwrecks Museum is reopening Saturday, 6 June 2020
Day Opening hours
ANZAC DAY 1.00pm – 5.00pm
Christmas Day Closed
Boxing Day Closed
New Year's Day Closed
Good Friday Closed


Please be aware that the WA Shipwrecks Museum does not have cloaking facilities or bag storage areas.  As a consequence, luggage and bags should not be taken into the Museum.


Free Entry. Suggested donation $5


Cliff Street,
Western Australia,

Phone number

1300 134 081

By Train
The WA Shipwrecks Museum is located within walking distance of Fremantle Station. Visit the Transperth website for timetables.

By Bus
The WA Shipwrecks Museum is serviced by free Fremantle Cat Service, at Blue stop 17. Visit the Transperth website for timetables and details.

By Car
Paid parking is available in the City of Fremantle car park just outside the WA Shipwrecks Museum. Additional paid parking is available in the Wilsons car park at the WA Maritime Museum, Victoria Quay which is a short walk from the WA Shipwrecks Museum.


Museum Site Map

Shipwreck Galleries site map

WA Shipwrecks Museum site map
Image copyright WA Museum


  1. Entrance Gallery
  2. Museum Shop
  3. Hartog to de Vlamingh Gallery
  4. Xantho Gallery
  5. Corridor Displays
  6. Batavia Gallery
  7. Batavia Observation Deck
  8. Dutch Wrecks Gallery