Museums

Fenians Fremantle Freedom Festival Family Fun Day

In partnership with the Fenians, Fremantle & Freedom Festival, the WA Maritime Museum is proud to support and present children’s activities during the school holidays. Take the Shamrock Trail to find out about 2 famous Irishmen. Build a model boat workshop for 6-12 year olds. What would it be like to be at sea in a sailing ship in the 1860’s? Get the inside story from some of the museum exhibits then build your own model sailing boat and test it. Workshop times 10-11:30am or 1:30-3pm. Bookings essential phone 1300 134 081. Take the opportunity to view the Children’s Art…

Remarkable Rome

Join us for a celebration of all things from ancient Rome, as we dig into this world to uncover the story behind the exhibition Escape from Pompeii: the untold Roman rescue. Explore our Roman military uniform touch-table as well as our In Fashion toga draping and Roman ladies’ costume demonstration. Decorate your own paper-craft centurion helmet to take home, or craft a ​colourful mosaic frame or picture. You can also decorate a Roman battleship and watch it sail across our digitally animated screen!Activities free. WA Maritime Museum entry fees apply.

The Grey Company Gladiator School

Want to become a gladiator? Are you keen to risk your life for the opportunity of glory in the combat arena? Join the Grey Company for an insight into the training and techniques you would need to survive the competition in one of ancient Rome’s favourite entertainments, the gladiator games! The Grey Company specialises in historical combat and re-enactment, and is bringing its live action demonstrations to the WA Maritime Museum once again to showcase the martial arts of the gladiator. Cheer for your favourite champion as they battle their challengers!

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STEAMSub Going Ballistic

Develop your engineering and construction skills with our ancient Roman naval ballista workshop! This crossbow of the high seas was built to sling missiles at enemy ships. Join us in making your own miniature ballista to take home and have fun with our test-firing challenges. Note: This workshop requires construction skills, ​techniques and equipment that are not suitable for younger children.Age: 10 – 14Bookings: Essential. Call 1300 134 081 or visit the website WA Maritime Museum entry fees apply.

Kids Film Song of the Sea Rating G

Come and enjoy a free children’s movie Song of the Sea – Ben, a young Irish boy, and his little sister Saoirse, a girl who can turn into a seal, go on an adventure to free the fairies and save the spirit world. Registering for the children’s film is essential, please go to feniansfestival.eventbrite.com There will be children’s storytelling sessions between 10:30am and 12:30pm. *Museum entry free. Entry charges to Pompeii exhibition apply.

STEAMSub Marvellous Mosaics

Develop your artistic side with us in this STEAMSub workshop as you make your own Venetian glass mirror mosaic. Learn how to create your artwork with some of the materials and techniques that ancient Romans developed. From an archaeological point of view, mosaics are a priceless record of everyday life in ancient Rome – what people valued, what they wore, what they ate, what tools and weapons they used, even information about flora and fauna. Roman mosaics are more than just art – they are a valuable archaeological source. Note: This workshop requires construction skills, ​techniques and equipment that are…

Army Museum of Western Australia

The Army Museum of WA has a collection that encompasses material from the pre-federation period through to the present day, covering both peace-time army units as well as the involvement of West Australians in all major conflicts and operations that Australia was engaged in throughout this period including the South African War, World War 1, World War 2, the Korean War, South Vietnam and the more recent operations such as East Timor, Iraq and Afghanistan. The role of women's services in many of these major conflicts and operations is also integrated with the museum's displays covering these. Highly recommended as one…

Duyfken Replica Ship

Take a step back in time aboard this amazing replica of a 16th century Dutch sailing ship. Embark on an audio guided or self-guided tour of this unique ship and discover the Dutch maritime story that saw the first Europeans make land fall on the shores of Australia in 1606. Duyfken conducts her sail on Swan River from December 2017 to March 2018 and will not be on exhibition to the general public.

Fremantle Prison

Fremantle Prison is one of WA's premier tourist attractions and in 2010 became the first building in Western Australia to be inscribed on to the prestigious World Heritage list as part of the Australian Convict Sites. In 2015 the Prison was announced as the gold medalist in the categories of Major Tourist Attractions and Cultural Tourism at the Western Australian Toursim Awards. Built by convicts in the 1850s, Fremantle Prison was used as a place of incarceration for 136 years before being decommissioned as an operating maximum security gaol in 1991. The empty prison with its solitary cells and gallows is a monument to a…

WA Maritime Museum

Located on Victoria Quay, Fremantle, perched overlooking the Indian Ocean and Fremantle Harbour, the WA Maritime Museum displays some of Western Australia's most unique maritime pieces. Collected over many years the wide range of exhibits include the winning Americas Cup Yacht (Australia II), an Oberon class submarine - HMAS Ovens, the Welcome Walls, Jon Sanders' Parry Endeavour and many other iconic vessels from WA's maritime history. The WA Maritime Museum also hosts many exhibitions in their unique galleries throughout the year and is the perfect place to explore and learn about the history of the WA coastline. Also worth a visit and…

WA Shipwrecks Museum

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 the Batavia (wrecked in 1629), the de Vlamingh plate, and also countless artefacts from the Dutch shipwrecks Zuytdorp, Zeewijk and Vergulde Draeck.


Fremantle museums

If you're searching for things to do in Fremantle, then check our listings of museums. Fremantle is home to the Western Australian Museum Shipwreck Galleries, the foremost maritime archaeology museum in the southern hemisphere and the unmistakable building that houses the Fremantle Maritime Museum. Museums are fun and educational, perfect for community groups, schools, families and universities. See our list of museums for iconic attractions in Fremantle.