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As Eye See It Photographic Exhibition

The As Eye See It Photographic Exhibition, coordinated by the Department of Communities, offers the opportunity for young people living in care in Western Australia to express what is important to them through photography. Participants were given a camera and encouraged to take four photographs of things which hold a special significance for them. The collection of photographs aims to raise awareness about what it means to live in out-of-home care and provides an insight into the worlds of these young people. Visit the free exhibition at the WA Shipwrecks Museum, 45 Cliff Street, Fremantle from 31 August – 14…

French Explorers in WA

You are invited to view two exquisite exhibitions that celebrate Western Australia’s French connections. The Art of Science: Baudin's Voyagers 1800-1804 For the first time since they were completed over 200 years ago this exhibition brings original paintings and drawings from the Museum of Natural History in Le Havre, France to Australia. Baudin’s ships, Géographe and Naturaliste embarked from Le Havre in October 1800 carrying an impressive group of scientists. Lavishly funded by Napoléon Bonaparte, their agenda was the discovery and study of natural sciences, underpinned by the emergence of new ideas and philosophies of reason. Never seen before in Australia,…

The Antarctica Experience | Virtual Reality Adventure

Few are fortunate enough to travel to Antarctica. Even fewer experience what it is like to live there.That's all about to change. A unique opportunity to explore a day in the life of Antarctic scientists as they research this mysterious continent and the effects of climate change. This is the first documentary of its kind, filmed in Antarctica in 2018 in spectacular 360-degrees with 4K, high-resolution images. You will see first-hand the work that goes into understanding climate change, managing eco-systems, researching sustainability and conserving wildlife. Along the way you will: Explore Antarctica from a helicopter cockpit, even landing on…

School Holidays at the WA Shipwrecks Museum

Don’t know your north from south, east from west? Find out with us at the WA Shipwrecks Museum. Take the Navigate! trail and find your way around our Museum, making grand discoveries along the way. Craft a boxed compass to point the way and play the Great Trade Race Game to find your way around the world. See if you can navigate on a moving ship with our touch table of nautical instruments. Dates: Saturday 22 September – Sunday 7 OctoberTimes: Navigate! Trail: 9.30am-5pm; Compass Craft and Game: 10am-2pmCost: FreeAge: 4+Bookings: Required for groups 10+. To book call 1300 134 081

Spring School Holidays at the WA Maritime Museum

Explore the world of nature that captivated French explorers. You’ll see fascinating specimens at our interactive touch tables, and be mesmerised by our digitally animated screen of wonderful sea creatures! Dress up in some of our finest Regency costumes so that you can immerse yourself in the Age of Enlightenment–an era that inspired French explorers of the 1800s. Decorate your own captain’s spyglass and craft your own explorer’s hat or bonnet. Plus daily storytelling sessions–your imagination will be inspired by all things fabulously French! Dates: Saturday 22 September – Sunday 7 OctoberTimes: Explore! activities 10am–2pm; Storytelling at 10.30amCost: Free. WA Maritime Museum adult…

Survivor Skills Circus Workshop

Roll, balance, juggle and jump! Are you ready to face some physical challenges? Then come and explore the wonderful world of circus in our Survivor Skills workshops! Join members of the Yip Yip Circus as they put you through a course of tricky acrobatic manoeuvres and teach you some new handy skills! Sessions for Ages 4-7 Dates: Wednesday 26 September - Friday 28 SeptemberTimes: 10am-11amCost: $7.50. WA Maritime Museum adult entry fees apply.Age: 4-7 (participants must be accompanied by an adult)Bookings: Essential. Book by calling 1300 134 081 or visit www.museum.wa.gov.au/holidays-wa-maritime  Sessions for Ages 8-15 Dates: Wednesday 26 September - Friday 28 SeptemberTimes: 11.30am-12.30pmCost: $7.50. WA Maritime Museum…

Museum After Dark Vive La France

Want to explore the Museum after-hours with a drink or two? You are invited to our first Museum After Dark event for the season! We are celebrating the opening of our new exhibition program French Explorers in WA with a French-inspired Museum night for over 18s. Charcuterie platter on arrival, live entertainment, cash bar, and 'off-the-panel' exhibition tales and tours with Museum curator Dr Michael McCarthy. Doors open exclusively for ticket-holders at 6pm. Space is limited, so book now to guarantee entry. Event Overview After-hours access to the WA Maritime Museum and our two new exhibitions, The Art of Science: Baudin's Voyagers 1800-1804 and Return to Australia: Freycinet 1818…

Drawing Workshops with Ross Potter

Join artist Ross Potter in a fabulous drawing workshop where you will contribute to a wonderful mural of life-size animals. Using a grid system to combine small observational drawings into a large mural, Ross will teach you drawing and shading skills while you contribute your own patch to a spectacular large artwork. Dates: Monday 1 October - Thursday 4 OctoberTimes: 10.15am, 11am, 11.45am, 1pm, 1.45pmCost: Free. WA Maritime Museum adult entry fees apply.Age: All agesBookings: Essential. Book by calling 1300 134 081 or visit http://museum.wa.gov.au/holidays-wa-maritime

Photography Workshops

Come and explore the 'As Eye See It' exhibition at the WA Shipwrecks Museum, and find out about the wonderful world of photography with expert photographer Kingsley Klaus. Develop your photography skills, train your eye and piece together your photos to make a wonderful record of your world as you see it. The best photograph will receive a wonderful D3400 camera prize from Nikon!Dates: Monday 1 October – Wednesday 3 OctoberTimes: 10.30am and 11.30amCost: $7Age: 8-14 (participants must be accompanied by an adult)Bookings: Places are limited, so bookings are essential. To book call 1300 134 081 or  visit http://museum.wa.gov.au/holidays-wa-shipwrecks-museum

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Explore Discover Cook Eat

Join us on an exploration of how fish work–both inside and out! A Museum scientist will dissect a fish to show you the amazing biology that lies under its skin. Then a visiting chef from the National Hotel in Fremantle will prepare a delicious fish recipe to share with you! Dates: Tuesday 2 OctoberTimes: 11am and 1pmCost: Free. WA Maritime Museum adult entry fees apply.Age: 7+Bookings: Essential on 1300 134 081 or visit http://museum.wa.gov.au/holidays-wa-maritime Explore, Discover, Cook, Eat! workshops are kindly supported by Kailis’ Fish Market and The National Hotel, Fremantle.

Junior Drones Workshop

Explore engineering and aerodynamics for youngsters with mini-drones! These holidays Firetech’s young engineers will embark on an adventure to learn how to fly, using physics principles, scientific testing and plenty of crashing and flying! Taught by a Firetech trained tutor, kids will learn the basics of engineering, robotics and flight by building, crashing and flying exciting mini-drones. It’s the perfect opportunity to have fun with science principles in an environment like no other, with great new tech. Course runs from 10am-4pm with a break for lunch and morning/afternoon tea. Please bring a packed lunch and a bottle of water. Session…

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Kaarla Kaatijin Performance

Kaarla Kaatijin (which in Noongar means to 'understand fire') will use Noongar knowledge and storytelling to deliver traditional stories about fire in an exciting and engaging way. Come on a journey into the lives of Djitty Djitty (Willy Wagtail), Kulbardi (Magpie), Yonga (Kangaroo) and many more familiar friends as they explore the importance of Kaarla (Fire) in the next chapter of Yirra Yaakin Theatre Company’s immersive Kaatijin series. Dates: Saturday 6 OctoberTimes: 10am and 12pmCost: Free. WA Maritime Museum adult entry fees apply.Age: All agesBookings: Essential. Book by calling 1300 134 081 or by using the below links

Kylie on Stage

Are you ready for behind-the-scenes access to one of Australia's biggest icons? Kylie on Stage celebrate the extravagant costumes and magical moments from superstar Kylie Minogue's 25 year international concert career. With more than 250,000 people visiting this major exhibition in Melbourne, it is now time for Western Australians to experience the glitz and glamour of Australia's Princess of Pop. See the work of international designers including Dolce and Gabbana, John Galliano, Julien Macdonald, Karl Lagerfeld and Jean Paul Gaultier, as well as local designers such as Peter Morrissey and Mark Burnett. You'll also get access to a selection of…

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…

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'.  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 system of punishment that is uncomfortably recent. Visitors can "step inside and do time" with Fremantle Prison's experienced guides on a range…

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…

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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.