WA Shipwrecks Museum, Fremantle

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  • I was a bit worried about taking an active 8 year old boy to a museum but it was so good! There were interactive displays and things he could climb on as well as a gift shop. Entry is free, except a d...  more »
  • Greatest appeal for me, was it was free. We did give a gold coin donation. Plenty to see and read about. The wreck remnents are interesting.  more »
  • It’s free to enter this place but we definitely felt the pressure to offer a donation. There is a lot to read and look at inside. If you enter with an open mind and time you’ll enjoy. It’s no MOMA but...  more »
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  • It is definitely a nice place to visit especially for children. If it is not due to the heavy rain, I must visit all checkpoints and observe all animals patiently. All staff are awesome! They are very professional to let us know much more about those Australia amimals. Wonderful experience !
  • The Western Australian Museum’s long and fascinating history reflects and documents the State’s rich and diverse natural and cultural heritage. Established in 1891 in the old Perth gaol, it was known as the Geological Museum and its collections were geological, ethnological and biological. In 1897 it officially became the Western Australian Museum and Art Gallery. During 1959 the botanical collection was transferred to the new Herbarium and the Museum and the Art Gallery became separate institutions. The Museum focused its collecting and research interests in the areas of natural sciences, anthropology, archaeology and the State’s history. Over the 1960s and 1970s it also began to work in the emerging areas of historic shipwrecks and Aboriginal site management. Today the Western Australian Museum comprises six public sites and a collection and research centre and houses more than 8 million objects from rare fossils to the iconic racing yacht Australia II. The Museum also manages 200 shipwreck sites of the 1500 known to be located off the WA coast and manages eight Aboriginal land reserves.
  • Great space, gold coin donation, may need to visit over a couple of weekends or plan your time to see everything and be able to take it all in. Staff are friendly.
  • One of the best attractions I have visited in Fremantle. An excellent presentation of the rigorous maritime history of Western Australia. The wreck of the Batavia exhibition and collections are unbelievable. I found the volunteer staff to be both pleasant and incredibly knowledgeable. This is by all means a most excellent attraction to visit if you are interested in maritime history and shipwrecks.
  • I enjoyed my visit to this museum... and best of all, the price was free. Several very interesting displays of recovered portions of wrecked ships. Not very big, but what there is is packed with good things to see. You can do a quick overview in 20 minutes, but if you get hooked on reading all about one, you can spend 2 hours easily.

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