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Bunbury Museum and Heritage Centre


A new museum in the 21st century is a rare opportunity to bring together the best of contemporary practices, focusing on the city’s people whether as characters from the past or today’s visitors, and displaying their stories in exciting new ways.



In the Bunbury Museum and Heritage Centre, the City of Bunbury has brought together state of the art exhibition and collection care standards in one of the city’s best-loved buildings, the 1886 Bunbury Boys School.

The new museum presents charismatic objects selected from its own collection, and sourced from major cultural partners including the Western Australian Museum, private collectors such as Kerry Stokes and Andrew Forrest, the Fremantle Prison, and overseas institutions ranging from the Museum of Natural History at Le Havre, France, to the New York Public Library.

However by far the major partner to have helped bring these Bunbury stories to life is the Bunbury Historical Society. The Society has a huge collection of images and objects, which have been generously shared with the Bunbury Museum and Heritage Centre to be presented to new audiences in different ways.

A variety of audio visual presentations feature Bunbury’s unique shipwreck stories, people linked to the museum building, early Bunbury, the port, and Bunbury’s built heritage.

Interactive displays allow visitors to select for themselves what stories interest them most, and hear, for the first time, the voices of Noongar people speaking their language and reflecting on their lives.

The Bunbury Museum and Heritage Centre is a contemporary museum, reflecting the interests of the community and visitors, and interacting to build knowledge and community spirit.

Tours of the museum, and a range of talks, launches and presentations are all scheduled, as well as touring exhibitions from two of Australia’s national museums being arranged for 2017 and 2018.

A school program aligns with the Western Australian Curriculum, and presents stories for a range of Year groups.

The Bunbury Museum and Heritage Centre also presents stories from the City of Bunbury’s Local Studies Collection, which has been caring for the city’s important heritage documents and images for over thirty years.

Artworks from the City of Bunbury Art Collection relating to Bunbury’s history and heritage are also displayed.


1 Arthur Street, Bunbury WA 6230, Australia


The Bunbury Museum and Heritage Centre is at the corner of Stephen and Arthur Streets, Bunbury.

The Museum is open from Tuesday to Sunday, 10am to 4pm (closed Mondays).

While the Museum is free to visit, we do ask visitors to make a voluntary gold coin donation.



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Rated by 3 guests
Great museum
I love all country museums and this one does not disappoint. It may be small but it has an interesting collection in a nice old building.

Helpful Staff, Informative Local Museum
Small local museum but there is always something of interest and generally a new exhibit or two. Well set out, interesting artefacts on loan from King Cottage and local community members. Staff helpful and enthusiastic. Free entry but a donation is appreciated. Nice selection of local history literature available to purchase.

Highly recommended
Visited the museum today with my mum and took part in the guided tour . Our guide Laurette ( apologies if I've spelt that incorrectly !! ) was lovely. The inception, workings, structure and journey of the museum as well as the fabulous story of the beginnings of Bunbury was relayed to us with passion, humour and real insight - what a great way to spend the morning. The museum is a credit to those involved, we will certainly be back to see the changing displays as they reflect an evolving Bunbury. Highly recommended to all .
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