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The Western Australian Museum provides an insight into Western Australias history and environment. Situated in Perths cultural precinct and close to public transport facilities, the Museum offers a wide range of permanent and travelling exhibitions.
International exhibitions and MuseumLink displays and events enhance the Museums permanent displays. Absorb the atmosphere and enjoy the contemporary, historical and cultural exhibits.
Now fully restored, the Gaol is a complex of men’s cell blocks and some warders\' quarters, built in 1852 for Imperial convicts shipped to WA as artisans and skilled labourers.
Women’s cells, the Great Hall and more warders\' quarters were constructed of brick between 1872 and 1875. At this time the complex was also used as a colonial prison.
The Gaol was last used as a police lockup in the Great Depression of the 1930s. Extensive restoration from 1989 to 1996 returned the Gaol\'s condition to its original state. Cells, warders\' quarters and the Great Hall contain displays pertinent to the times and usage of these stark quarters.
The Museum houses a number of galleries that explore Western Australia’s relationship with the sea.
From leisure boats, pearling luggers and handcrafted sailing boats through to the winning America’s Cup yacht, Australia 11, visitors will be inspired by these iconic vessels and Western Australia’s rich maritime heritage.
The Oberon class submarine – HMAS Ovens – is another major attraction with daily tours by experienced guides (fee applies).
See the fully restored locomotives from the BHP Iron Ore railway at the Don Rhodes Mining and Transport Museum in Port Hedland. Be in awe of the ingenuity of the road, rail and transport technology which facilitated the significant industrial growth in the East Pilbara during the last century.
The Western Australian Cricket Association is the home of cricket in Western Australia and through the WACA Museum displays the history of cricket and other sports played at this famous ground.
Visitors to the WACA Museum can see exhibits dedicated to the greats of Western Australian cricket in theme rooms including The Centenary of Federation Room, The International Room, The Bat Room, The Local History Room, The Bradman Room and The Lest We Forget Room.
The WACA Museum collection holds significant cricket memorabilia from the great and sometimes infamous moments in cricket history including the “Underarm Ball” controversy.
Get a fantastic insight into York's history with a visit to our superb Residency Museum - an ideal way to soak up some of York's great atmosphere and find out fascinating stories about local people and places.
The museum is full of lively, colourful new exhibitions, professionally designed and covering a diverse range of themes.
An amazing Wagyl or Rainbow Serpent mural welcomes you and introduces the cultural heritage of the local Ballardong Noongar people. Special places and their traditional meanings are described and illustrated through photographs and words from a Ballardong Elder.
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.
The Australian Sailing Museum, incorporating the America’s Cup Museum, is open Monday - Sunday, 9am - 5pm and is located on the Boardwalk, Ormsby Terrace, City of Mandurah, Western Australia; the southern gateway to the exciting Mandurah Ocean Marina.
This fully interactive museum provides the WOW factor. You’ll be able to spend a day smooth sailing around the displays, enjoy light meals and refreshments as well as purchase from our museum store.
The Heritage Centre is more than a museum: it's filled with great activities for youth members to entertain and inform, and it's a gathering point for leaders and the general public interested in Scouting history in WA.
The Bayswater Historical Society has transformed Halliday House into a Heritage Centre and Museum. This 1890s home now contains past photos of the people and places of Bayswater, and memorabilia from the early part of the century.
The Railway Museum at Bassendean, Perth Western Australia is Western Australia's principal museum devoted to railway history. The collection is the only such one in Western Australia that aims to tell the story of all railways across the state - other collections focus on one aspect or a region.
The majority of the collection is from the former Government Railways, both WA and Commonwealth. However there are also items representative of the extensive timber lines and gold mines that operated in the state as well as the private lines such as the Midland Railway Company.
Heathcote Museum and Gallery is a dynamic multi-arts and cultural museum and gallery, located in the vibrant Heathcote Cultural Precinct.
Housed in Swan House, originally a hospital building that was part of the Heathcote Mental Reception Home, the Heathcote Museum and Gallery has a commitment to showing diverse work from people who see art and culture as an important part of their life.
As part of a vibrant precinct, the museum offers visitors an insight into the early importance of Point Heathcote and its vital role in the mental health facilities developed throughout Western Australia.
The gallery aims to nurture the production, enjoyment and understanding of diverse art through engaging programs, innovation and excellence.
Welcome to the official website of the Hugh Manning Tractor & Machinery Museum Inc. This website has been created to share our collection of vintage tractors (over 60) and machinery (over 60) with people from all over the world. Most of our collection of tractors and machinery have been restored to excellent working condition, after having served the farming community in the state of Western Australia from the early 1900's.
If you're in the neighbourhood, please drop in to see our collection up close and experience the history of rural Australia.
An interesting collection of memorabilia from our early days, plus costume displays. The displays cover many aspects of our local history, and are changed periodically.
Also available for viewing at no extra charge - microfilm of local newspapers from 1952 thru to 1994 and microfiche of births 1841-1905, deaths 1906-1953, marriages 1906-1930 and Rockingham rate books 1904-1963. Researchers, students and general public welcome.
Welcome to the official web presence of the Motor Museum of Western Australia located in pituresque Whiteman Park.
Whether you are a motoring enthusiast or simply interested in local history you will find something of interest in the Museum. We have a range of cars and motorcycles from the early 20th century through to the present.
Some vehicles have a local historic story attched to them and others are rare examples that you will only find in a few select locations around the world.
In addition you will also find a range of models, memorbilia, club newsletters and manuals relating to the automotive industry. We have a small lounge where you can sit and browse through the books, magazines and newsletters.
This is a Museum run by the public for the public and is regarded by many curators around Australia as a leading example of Motor Museums.
So next time you are in Whiteman Park make the time to visit us near the main village, and if you visit Western Australia, then a trip to Whiteman Park is worthwhile effort. There are many other attractions and activities for the family other than the Motor Museum. So make a day of it and visit Whiteman Park, just be sure to include the Motor Museum in your itinerary of activities at the Park.
You can buy chocolate online, or visit our factory 7 days a week (10am till 5pm). If you love chocolate, you’ll be sure to find what you want here!
We make over 300 chocolate products for you to enjoy. You can watch our multi-award winning chocolates being handmade from our viewing gallery while enjoying our free chocolate samples. You can buy chocolate bars, chocolate novelties, chocolate truffles & pralines, chocolate enrobed specialties, fudge & much more!
We offer a family friendly atmosphere with plenty of parking. Come and see how the chocolate is made - schools and other groups are welcome. Chocolate presentations are available on request. Entry is free!
Sports fans will be enthralled with the extensive collection of cricket and other sports memorabilia housed in the Western Australian Cricket Association Museum in East Perth. Walk through the rooms of a converted residence situated next to the Western Australian Cricket Association (WACA) cricket grounds to learn about all about the WACA's 111 year history and see memorabilia from all around Australia. See the notorious underarm ball that was bowled by Trevor Chappell in a test match against New Zealand. View the large collection of cricket bats used over the past century. Visit the Sir Donald Bradman Room to discover more about this legend of cricket as well as other names synonymous with the game including Dennis Lillee, Rodney Marsh and Adam Gilchrist. Pick up a memento of your visit in the well stocked gift shop. Whether it is a photograph of one of Western Australia's cricket greats in action, signed sports memorabilia or an Australian tour shirt, there is a large selection to tempt any cricket fan. The museum is open Monday to Friday between 10am and 3pm. If your visit falls between Tuesday and Thursday ensure you take the comprehensive 90 minute tour of the WACA grounds.
The Greenough Museum is located 405 kilometres north of Perth on the Brand Highway and just 19 kilometres south of Geraldton. This area of the Midwest is known as the Front Greenough Flats and is a unique landscape (look out for the famous leaning trees) encapsulating its history and rural activities. The Greenough Museum is a carefully restored two storey homestead set in beautiful, shady gardens. The homestead was built between 1862 and 1880 for John S Maley, miller, storekeeper, hotel proprietor, entrepreneur and father of 14 children. Greenough Museum fact sheets are also available in German, French, Italian, Dutch, Russian and Japanese. Guided group tours are available on request. For group booking discounts please phone the Greenough Museum directly.
A visit to the Goldfields War Museum will be an enriching experience for anyone with an interest in Australia's history and warfare. Housing a vast collection of war memorabilia from citizens of the Goldfields, you will need several hours to explore all the museum has to offer. Children will enjoy the novelty of dressing up in camouflage to have their photograph taken. Walk through the exhibition and discover the significant involvement residents of the town had during the Boer War, World Wars I and II and the Vietnam War. Examine photographs and documents to gain an in-depth understanding of the wars. Make your way outside to see an extraordinary collection of war vehicles and machinery including a tank, gun carrier and cannon. To gain an even greater insight, take an educational guided tour of the museum; though make sure you make prior arrangements as tours are run by appointment only. The Goldfields War Museum is located in the historic town of Boulder, seven hours drive east of Perth. The town of Boulder and nearby Kalgoorlie offers a plethora of fascinating attractions.
The Busselton Museum is housed in the town's Old Butter Factory and is the largest museum outside of the Perth metropolitan area. Allow as much time as possible to meander through the buildings of the museum to examine the vast array of historical collections on offer. The museum provides an insight into the history of Busselton and significant events that helped shape the town. Walk through the old group settlement home and school to get an idea of how life would have been for settlers in the 19th century. Examine the antiques, photographs and furniture from that era. Listen to old records on the gramophone and marvel at the beautiful garments worn over 100 years ago. Visit the boiler room and creamery to see machinery used to produce butter and cheese. Time your visit during Historic Weekend in January and you can experience live butter making demonstrations and sheep shearing. The museum is open every day of the week except for Tuesdays, and can be found in the heart of Busselton, a charming coastal town just two and a half hours south of Perth.
This lovely old building is the original Katanning government school on the corner of Taylor and Cove Streets and now houses the Katanning Historical Museum. Built in 1899, the museum is full of interesting artefacts and quaint memorabilia along with some fascinating records of Katanning's early history. The Katanning Museum and Heritage Society volunteers have been the driving force in rescuing and preserving some of our most treasured and irreplaceable memories.
The Military Museum in the town of Merredin houses Western Australia's largest collection of restored military vehicles and equipment. Stroll around the museum to examine the vehicles that were used by the Australian Armed Forces during the two World Wars, as well as the Korean and Vietnam wars. Several vehicles are still in working order and have been proudly restored to their original state. View the masks and uniforms worn by the soldiers and the weaponry used to win many battles. Call the Merredin Visitor Centre in advance to organise an extremely informative guided tour around the museum. Purchase a detailed booklet at the museum about the extensive collection and various World War II sites and attractions within Merredin including the World War II hangars and Army General Hospital site. Merredin is the largest regional town in the Central Eastern Wheatbelt and is a three hour drive east of Perth. Various walking trails within Merredin and the surrounding region offer an opportunity to discover the magnificent countryside and several historic sites along the way.
Francis Burt Law Education Centre and Museum is Perth's oldest remaining public building and was the most prominent building in the early days of the Swan River Colony. From 1965 to1987 it served as the Law Society offices. In 1987 the building was refurbished and opened to the public and named the Francis Burt Law Education Centre and Museum, a community education centre for legal history and one of the few law museums worldwide. Schools and community groups can arrange a variety of activities including Supreme Court viewing, District Court viewing, Magistrates Court viewing, legal education programs and Old Courthouse Museum tours.
The Goomalling Museum was once the Konnongorring School, a one teacher school, typical of the schools which serviced localised population between the years 1900 and 1940. The school room has been moved to Goomalling from its original site. It has been restored and furnished to typify the rural and isolated schools which were scattered throughout country districts, and now acts as the Goomalling Museum with a rare windmill display and old machinery display. Nestled in the north eastern section of the Avon Valley area, Goomalling is a two hour drive from Perth via either Northam or Toodyay.
The Goldfields Exhibition Museum is housed in the grand historic two storey former Wardens Court Building, which was erected in 1898. Wander through each of the rooms to view a range of fascinating displays including Aboriginal artefacts, photographs, models and authentic prospecting equipment. See one of the largest antique bottle collections in Western Australia. Bottles and glassware on display date from 300BC to the present day. The Goldfields Exhibition Museum will give you a greater understanding and appreciation of the lives of the Goldrush pioneers of the 1890s. The exhibits are testament to the discovery, growth, boom and decline of Coolgardie and the surrounding goldfields. Take time out to enjoy the free daily screenings of the BBC film 'Gold Fever', which complements the exhibition. Coolgardie is a six hour drive east of Perth, approximately 40 kilometres west of Kalgoorlie.
An extensive collection of railway memorabilia can be found at the Old Coolgardie Railway Station Museum including an old steam locomotive and the carriages that brought mining hopefuls to the goldfields. Discover the significance of the arrival of this railway to the region in the late 1800s. Stroll through the station imagining the difficult yet optimistic life of the town's residents, and learn how the gold was transported out of the region to sell to the world. Housing an extensive collection of railway relics, the museum will appeal to all train enthusiasts and history buffs. Whilst in the gold mining town of Coolgardie explore the plethora of historical sites on foot. The town captures the essence of the gold rush days for visitors by displaying detailed signs about all significant sites and locations of important events and discoveries throughout the town. Coolgardie is a six hour drive northeast of Perth and just 20 minutes from Kalgoorlie. A visit to the Super Pit in Kalgoorlie is also highly recommended.
The Royal Australian Air Force Association Aviation Heritage Museum of Western Australia is widely recognised as one of the best of its kind in Australia and indeed, the world. Tracing its origins back to 1959, the Museum draws its purpose from its parent body, the RAAF Association 'to foster aviation in every possible way to preserve our nation's proud aviation heritage'. Concentrating on Australian and West Australian aviation history the Museum houses more than 30 aircraft, pride of place goes to the Avro Lancaster, one of only 17 left in the world today. Other aircraft in the Museum's collection include a late model Spitfire, two Tiger Moths and a replica Bristol Tourer, the first aircraft to fly commercial flights in Australia. In addition the Aviation Heritage Museum has built up an extensive collection of documentary, photographic and other research resources over the 25 years it has existed. They are used by Museum staff in preparing displays and publications and are available by appointment to those researching aviation histories. The Aviation Heritage Museum is located in Bull Creek, a 20 minute drive south of Perth.
The Lighthouse Keeper's Cottage Museum captures the life of the early pioneers that operated the lighthouse in Carnarvon. It has been restored and provides an interesting look back at the lives led by the original lighthouse keepers during the 1900s, as well as providing some fascinating information about how the lighthouse operated. Forming part of the Carnarvon Heritage Precinct you can catch a ride on the Coffee Pot train along the One Mile Jetty and out over the Indian Ocean. For the walking enthusiast there is a three kilometre hike which will introduce you to much of the area's stunning wildflowers and wildlife. Descriptive information boards along the way will help you identify the various species. Whilst in the precinct allow some time to visit the longest jetty in the state's north, One Mile Jetty, and visit the Railway Museum. Carnarvon is a 10 hour drive north of Perth.
Built by Aboriginal prisoners in 1857, the Rottnest Museum building was originally a hayshed and granary. Today the museum displays provide a comprehensive coverage of the main features of the Island, including natural history, marine wrecks, European settlement, Aboriginal prisoners, communications and recreation. The pilot boathouse on Thomson Bay complements the museum displays. The Rottnest Island Museum also houses a wealth of historical photographs for you to view. The museum is located behind the Thomson Bay Settlement Shopping Mall.
The Narrogin Old Courthouse Museum in Narrogin is located in a charming historic building which was originally built as a government school in 1894. In 1905 it was converted into the local courthouse. It became the local branch of the Agricultural Bank between 1924 and 1945, but returned to its former use as a courthouse in 1970. Check out the original magistrate's bench, prisoner's dock and witness stand as well as exhibits from Narrogin's doll and pottery factories, medical displays, early farming items and Aboriginal artefacts. Designed by the prominent architect George Temple-Poole, the building is now a combined museum, visitor centre and craft shop. Narrogin is a large wheat belt town which is a two hour drive south east of Perth.
Visit the Old Gaol Museum Toodyay and you will feel like you have stepped back in time with the huge range of original artefacts on display. Explore the tiny cells and get a feeling of what life was like for the prisoners. Wander through the old Police stable and learn about Toodyay's colourful past. Built in 1865 out of stone and mortar, the Old Gaol Museum is one of only five remaining convict built gaols in Western Australia. Take a fascinating journey of discovery with displays that illustrate the history of the whole Toodyay region, as well as the Old Gaol itself. Each of the cells of the gaol display individual themes. These include a war tragedy memorial, domestic and childhood memories, as well as the tale of the infamous bushranger Moondyne Joe. Hear the story of how the gaol was built at the request of the Resident Magistrate who was utterly enraged by Moondyne Joe's repeated daring escapes from a previous lock-up. Historic Toodyay is one of Western Australia's oldest towns and is located less than a one hour drive from Perth. Enjoy the fascination of bygone bushranger days... right here at the Old Gaol Museum in Toodyay.
Enjoy learning about Derby's fascinating history with a visit to the Wharfinger's House Museum. Exhibits feature the shipping, telecommunications and aviation history of the area. See a range of interesting displays telling the history of the Wharf and the demise of the steam ship, the SS Colac. There are also a range of smaller displays of fossils, mud lobsters and termites. The museum is set within a home that was built in the 1920s to house the Derby Port Wharfinger. The old building has been restored, and is itself a fine example of the prefabricated wooden housing of that era, designed specifically to suit the warm tropical climate prior to the availability of air-conditioning. Opposite the Museum can be seen one of the oldest buildings in Derby. This is the old Wool Shed, which was used for the export of goods prior to 1964. The museum is open on request, and you will need to call in at the Derby Visitor Centre during opening times for a key. Derby is a two hour drive east of Broome.
Albany Old Gaol Museum offers a fascinating look back to the era of convicts in the mid 1800s. Wander through the cell blocks reading the plaques about the colourful history of the gaol and gain an understanding of the difficulties experienced by the early settlers. Pay attention to the timber lined cells which were used to house Aboriginal prisoners in the 1870s. They contain various carvings which are said to be Australia's oldest Aboriginal cell art. For the courageous, book yourself onto the night tour and keep an eye out for a ghost or two, who are said to haunt the gaol. The Albany Old Gaol Museum recently underwent an extensive restoration to return the buildings to their original appearance. It is now home to artefacts from the original settlers of Albany and the regions Aboriginal people, as well as relics from the first and second World Wars. The museum is located in Albany, a four and a half hour drive south of Perth. The historic coastal town offers a multitude of attractions, historical sites and spectacular coastline to explore.
Chiverton House Museum captures the essence of life in the late 1800s for the miners at Geraldine Lead Mine. Wander through this quaint stone building to see a range of interesting historical items. Step outside and visit the newly constructed machinery shed housing old farming machinery and vintage cars. It is also worth checking out the old stables, butcher building and two stone wells. Chiverton House is believed to have been built by convicts which is particularly significant as it would make it one of the last buildings built by convicts in Western Australia. Located in Northampton, five hours drive north of Perth and just north of Geraldton, Chiverton House Museum is one of three significant historical sites in the small mining town. Whilst in the area be sure to visit the Church of St Mary in Ara Coeli and the ruins of Gwalla Church.
The Kings Cottage Museum in Bunbury provides an excellent opportunity to discover an extensive collection of items dating back to the 1800s. Examine the craftsmanship of the building built by owner Henry King, who handmade the bricks. Wander through the rooms to take a look at the impressive collection of over 6,000 artefacts from the past 130 years. Kings Cottage was built in 1880 and became a museum in 1968. Walk through the main living rooms which have been furnished to fit the period of its original owners. See old photographs of the region and examine antique costumes and the garments worn over the past century. Take a walk outside to see the sheds, vintage vehicles, farm machinery and butter making equipment. The impressive collection at the Kings Cottage Museum can be viewed daily between 2pm and 4pm. The museum is located in one of the main streets in Bunbury which is a two and a half hour drive south of Perth.
The Argyle Downs Homestead Museum offers a fascinating insight into the lives of the early pioneers in the Kimberley. Walk through the 1880s former home of the Durack family, who were a prominent farming family. Learn about the Durack's gruelling two year journey across the continent, travelling from their original home in Queensland all the way to Kununurra with 2,000 head of cattle. Discover the hardships encountered in establishing the first cattle station in the region, which grew to become a successful and productive business. Whilst the original homestead was built in the 1880s and sat on the Argyle Downs Station, it had to be moved in the 1970s following plans for the construction of Lake Argyle. It was carefully dismantled and reconstructed stone by stone at its present site. Argyle Downs Homestead Museum is a one hour drive south of Kununurra. Kununurra is a three hour flight north of Perth.
The Dance Cottage Museum is based on local history from the late 1800s. It includes farming implements, mining equipment, a CBH elevator, a 1907 Buffalo Pitts steam traction engine, a railway passenger coach and a brake van from Hopetoun. Dance Cottage which was built in the early 1900s is set up as a miner's cottage. The historical collection comprises extensive collection of photographs, footwear, memorabilia, hospital, mining and bakery equipment, kerosene lamps and irons.
Built prior to 1832, the Patrick Taylor Cottage Museum stands on the original Lot Two, of the first survey of the Albany Town site and is shown on a map dated 1832. Now a museum, the cottage is one of the few examples of architecture of the military regime, two years prior to the establishment of the Swan River colony. One of the oldest buildings remaining in Albany, a section of the wattle and daub construction is exposed in one of the rooms and oak shingles are still visible under the corrugated iron roof. Over 2,000 items are on display, including furniture, glassware, china, clothing, utensils and photos from the Albany district.
The Pharmacy Museum in Coolgardie houses an extensive pharmaceutical collection in the Old Coolgardie Drill Hall. Regarded as one of the best pharmaceutical displays in Australia, you will get a detailed insight into the medicinal treatments dispensed in the early twentieth century. Displays include early medicines, dental tools and a range of fascinating old advertisements and posters on display. Coolgardie's well preserved history provides an interesting and informative means of connecting with this gold mining town's early settlers. Meander around the town to learn how Coolgardie started the greatest gold rush in Australia's history. Coolgardie is located six hours drive east of Perth.
The Cunderdin Municipal Museum contains an interesting collection of antiques, relics and vintage machinery gathered from the surrounding area. Housed in the original pump station, the building is a magnificent sight with its tall chimney visible for miles. Enter the interactive Earthquake House, which is a recent addition to the museum, to gain an appreciation for the huge earthquake that hit the area in the 1960s. Stroll through the indoor display, which includes a magnificent Tiger Moth aeroplane suspended from the ceiling. Learn how the early settlers of the agricultural town lived and see the influence the goldrush had on Cunderdin. Take a walk outside to see an extensive collection of vintage tractors and farm machinery. Driving through the town of Cunderdin your eyes will be drawn to the Ettamogah Pub. The unusually shaped building with a red roof and truck on top is based on the Ken Maynard comics. Stop in for meal or drink before taking a five minute drive to Cunderdin Hill Lookout for panoramic views across the wheatbelt country. Cunderdin is just two hours southeast of Perth.
Boulder Pharmacy Museum houses an extensive pharmaceutical collection in an old pharmacy that has been operating for over 100 years. Peruse the fascinating displays including antique surgical implements, razors, cameras and film developing kits. It is remarkable to see how the medical products have progressed over the years and observe the changes from the original galenical bottles to the current day bottles. Read about the pharmacy's interesting history and be entertained by the amusing tale of its founder. Examine the original shop fittings that were moved from the old premises in Piesse Street and remain intact today. The town of Boulder is a seven hour drive east of Perth and next to Kalgoorlie. There are a number of fascinating attractions within the mining town, including the Goldfields War Museum, where you will gain an insightful look at the involvement that the Boulder and Kalgoorlie residents had in the Boar War, the World Wars and the Vietnam War.
The Steam Locomotive display, located next to the Collie Visitor Centre on Throssell Street, should not be missed by rail enthusiasts or historians. The collection includes an "F" class, "V" class and "W" class, all withdrawn from service in 1971. A popular part of the collection is "Polly", a traction engine which in 1912 was fitted with loco wheels and winch and converted for use on the railways around Collie. Polly now sits proudly in front of the Visitor Centre. Learn about the significant role the railway line played on the coal mining town of Collie and how the coal was taken from the mines to the railways for transportation. Once you have explored the locomotives, call into the Collie Visitor Centre which is conveniently located adjacent to the display where the staff can assist you to plan the remainder of your stay in the region.
The Western Australian Museum Perth is the gateway to the state's natural and cultural heritage. Presented through fascinating stories, thought-provoking interpretations, and engaging exhibitions, the museum explores the social and natural history of Western Australia. The Museum is housed in a series of stunning heritage listed buildings including the Old Goal - Perth's colonial prison the Jubilee Wing, the original site of the state's art gallery, library and Museum and Hackett Hall which later housed the State Library. Learn more about the state's flora and fauna, minerals and meteorites in a series of fascinating galleries including fossil specimens to the impressive dinosaurs to the evolution of human beings. The Katta Djinoong - First Peoples of Western Australia gallery recognises Western Australia's indigenous community, telling the stories of their unique culture and heritage. Discover more about the traditional lifestyle of the aborigine peoples to the changes brought about by European settlement and gain a greater understanding and insight into the lives and aspirations of Aboriginal people.
The Gwalia Historical Museum is located in the old mine offices of the original Sons of Gwalia Gold Mine. It is well worth a visit before wandering through the deserted homes in the ghost town of Gwalia. The town has been well preserved and offers an eerie insight into the lives of the former mining community's residents. The museum features displays covering the cultural heritage of the Aborigines, Afghans, Italians, Yugoslavians and other cultures who resided in the area. You can see one of the original electric trams which operated between the towns of Leonora and Gwalia up until 1908, as well as a fully restored 1935 mail truck. Numerous carts and transportation items are also on display, including Australia's largest 1,000 horsepower steam winding engine. The site also includes the restored 'Hoover House' bed and breakfast. It is the original mine managers residence, one of which was Herbert Hoover himself. Relax with a glass of wine at the end of the day as the sun sets on Mt Leonora, take breakfast on the wide verandas or lawns, sit and take in the scenery, or watch the wedge tailed eagles that often hover over the open-cut pit.
Overlooking the stunning Batavia Coast Marina the Western Australian Museum - Geraldton tells the story of the Mid West region and the incredible maritime history of the Dutch shipwrecks that landed on this part of the treacherous Western Australian coast. Discover the stories of murder and mutiny at the Abrolhos Islands from the wreck of the Batavia in 1629 and see first-hand the portico retrieved from the shipwreck - a living relic of the precious cargo the Batavia was carrying. The stories of the shipwrecked vessels, the Zuytorp (1712) and the Zeewijk (1727) are told in the Shipwreck Gallery with displays of recovered treasures such as coins, ceramics and cannons. Learn about the lives of the local indigenous Yamaji people and the influence of European settlement, or discover the region's native flora and fauna, including the abundant wildflowers of the Mid West.
The Irwin District Museum in Dongara is housed in one of the oldest police stations in Western Australia. A working station until 1984, it then underwent extensive restoration to bring the station, courthouse and gaol back to its prime. It is now a museum with a range of displays reminiscent of the district's interesting history. Take a walk through the 1870s building and picture what it would have been like to be on the other side of the law in the 1800s. Take a look through the gaol cells and courthouse. See the living quarters of the resident policemen and their families. The museum also contains collections covering the early settlement in the area, including many antiques and heirlooms from the locals, and a display about the shipwrecks along the Irwin Coast. The museum is in Dongara, four hours north of Perth and just south of Geraldton. Famous for its Cray fishing industry, whilst in Dongara make sure you visit the live lobster facility at the marina, which can hold up to 35,000 live lobsters. If visiting in August or September make sure you take your camera as the wildflowers are spectacular throughout the region.
Kia Kia! (Welcome!) Experience the Albany region's rich culture - Aboriginal (Minang) and Wadjela (White) histories. Hear the Minang peoples Dreaming Stories of Kinjarling ('Place of Rain') in the Residency Building (once the colony's convict hiring depot). Learn about the region's natural histories and incredible biodiversity. Wander through the Bush Tucker, Frog and Lizard Gardens and stroll among the beautifully landscaped gardens overlooking the majestic Princess Royal Harbour and visit the Welcome Walls. The family-friendly Discovery Centre has lots of hands-on activities and themed workshops for children and young people. They offer school holiday programs, awarded early childhood programs and the unique Young Naturalists Club (see website for more details). The old Torbay One Teacher School enables a glimpse of the class room of yesteryear, whilst the old Mount Barker Co-op building houses travelling exhibitions and is the site of the 'Tuesday Curatorial' Public Program each school term. As well as a specialty book and gift shop, the Eclipse building houses travelling exhibitions, the stunning Eclipse Island optic, as well as artefacts from local lighthouses that once served the community. The friendly, knowledgeable staff will assist you to make the most of your visit.
Visit the Western Australian Museum - Kalgoorlie-Boulder to see an impressive range of exhibitions and 'hands on' activities that will ensure your visit is a memorable one. Check out the underground vault with its grand display of gold nuggets, ingots, and jewellery. Venture up the imposing Ivanhoe headframe in the glass-fronted lift to see the panoramic view of the city of Kalgoorlie-Boulder. Get a feel for life in this boom town during the gold rush years by looking at the range of impressive displays including the Western Australian Bank, Woodline Office, Sandalwood Camp, Miner's Cottage and Woodline Police Office. Other displays include copies of original photographs and a large collection of objects used in the Goldfields area around the turn of the century. Enjoy a picnic lunch in the Ethno Botanic Garden with its beautifully manicured gardens and picnic tables set amidst a range of native plant species. The Museum building was originally the 'British Arms'. It was built in 1899 and operated as a hotel for around 25 years. From then until 1963 the building was used as a boarding house. It was vacant for a few years before being converted into a museum in 1968.
The Merredin Railway Museum pays tribute to the days of steam with a well restored recreation of the old station. You can pretend to drive a steam train and climb the signal tower for an interesting outlook. It is a real highlight for railway enthusiasts. Appreciate the architecture of the Railway Museum buildings dating back to 1913, with much of the original railway memorabilia still in place. Merredin was once a major rail junction for the Central Wheatbelt. Displays include; a G117 class steam locomotive circa 1897, a signal box housing 95 levers, displays of Merredin's railway history, a photographic register of pioneer women of the area, memorabilia from the Army General Hospital, and a display of more than 300 dolls and toys. It is set amidst an attractive garden setting where you can feed goldfish in the ponds. Merredin is located three hours east of Perth. The township of Merredin has a number of interesting and unusual historic buildings worth visiting including the Post Office (1913), the Town Hall (1925) and the Cummins Theatre.
The Dowerin Museum offers visitors an opportunity to see what life on the wheatbelt was like in the 1930s. The house was built in 1912 and owned by the O'Shaughnessy family. The local historical society has preserved it as a typical example of a Western Australian wheatbelt home of the 1920s. The Museum consists of a saddlery shop along with other artefacts from earlier times including a vast amount of interesting furniture and clothing.