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WA Shipwrecks Museum

Dive into the fascinating history of Australia’s oldest shipwrecks.

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The WA Shipwrecks Museum is internationally recognised for its contributions to maritime archaeology and shipwreck conservation.

Journey through its galleries to learn about Western Australia’s treacherous coast, first European encounters, the riches of maritime trade and one of the deadliest mutinies in known history.

Located on Whadjuk Nyoongar land, the Museum is housed inside Fremantle’s historic Commissariat buildings. Originally built to store the food, clothing and building supplies of the Swan River colony, these buildings are among the first Western Australian sites built using convict labour.

With the creation of the Commonwealth Historic Shipwrecks Act 1976, the Western Australian Museum became the delegated authority for management of Commonwealth historic shipwrecks and relics in Western Australia.

As a result, the State Government funded the conversion of the heritage Commissariat Buildings into what is now known as the WA Shipwrecks Museum. It opened to the public in 1979.

Cancellation Policy

We understand plans can change, so here are our conditions and policies

Tickets will not be refunded after purchase unless outlined by applicable laws. Any refund payable will be made to the original purchaser via the original payment method.

Western Australian Museum will not be responsible for any expenses incurred by the ticket holder in the event that the Museum is closed or any events are cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances.

Western Australian Museum reserves the right to cancel any ticket and refund the amount paid in full where there has been an error in ticket pricing, whether due to human error or website malfunction.

Refunds will not be permitted for refusal of entry or ejection from the venue or the failure to follow these terms and conditions.

No ticketing fees apply to any transactions purchased through the Western Australian Museum ticketing website, though ticketing fees may be implemented at any time, at the discretion of Western Australian Museum.

Western Australian Museum reserves the rights to adjust ticket pricing without prior notification.

Western Australian Museum and members of the Perth Tessitura Consortium are the only authorised ticket sellers for events at any Western Australian Museum venue, unless specified on the Western Australian Museum website listing for an event. Tickets purchased via an unauthorised seller will not be honoured and may be refused entry to the venue. Tickets cannot be resold.

Replacement of lost, stolen or missing tickets may be permitted at Western Australian Museum’s sole discretion and fees may apply.

Location

47 Cliff St, Fremantle WA 6160, Australia

Directions

3km from White Gum Valley, 4km from Beaconsfield and 2.5km from South Fremantle.

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Guest Ratings

Rated by 3 guests
 
Deb Roberts
Very interesting place
The museum is in a great location near Bathers Bay and some tummy eateries. Was particularly interested in the Batavia exhibition and was not disappointed.

Liz Coote
This is a great place to visit
First of all it's free ! Secondly the staff are friendly and well informed if you want to ask questions. And then of course there are the exhibits. I love the story of The Batavia shipwreck and this is superbly exhibited. As well there are other shipwreck stories and items.
Well worth the time looking around. ?

Sergey Germogentov
Strongly recommend to visit!
This is a fascinating museum that offers a new perspective on maritime knowledge - the perspective of lost and recovered artifacts and shipwrecks.

The story and the remains of the magnificent Batavia ship really captivated the mind.

Also, it's free, but I recommend at least a $5 donation.

Also, if you are curious, you might ask at the reception to help provide some more context, and they might have a spare team member to share some more history about these artifacts

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