WA Shipwrecks Museum, Fremantle

History Museum · Specialty Museum
Take a tour through Western Australian maritime history as you explore vessels salvaged from the sea at the WA Shipwrecks Museum. This museum is recognized as the foremost maritime archaeology museum in the Southern Hemisphere. See relics, such as cannons, hulls, and engines, from shipwrecks, dating back to the 17th century. Keep an eye out for the original Dutch vessel Batavia, which sank off the coast of Western Australia in 1629. Convicts built the museum in the 1850s, and today it sits in the heart of Fremantle's historic West End. PutWA Shipwrecks Museum into our Fremantle day trip planner and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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  • I’ve been here maybe 50 times now and still love visiting. The highlight was the Sydney/Kormoran exhibition which was fascinating, sobering when you think of our 685 sailors who perished. The 10...  more »
  • Very interesting museum. Its small but still took us a couple of hours to see and read everything. Staff were very helpful. They had a trail to follow for kids with a sticker and some colouring at.....  more »
  • Wow so well kept. Great staff so informative and professional. Dealt with COVID really well. So much history to see and explore and it is only a gold coin donation. Would be great for kids of...  more »
  • Amazing place to visit. I've been living in Perth for over 3 years and I've never been there. But this weekend we went there with family and is free and amazing. Every thing there is historically incredible.
  • Very impressive with all sorts of stories and exhibits which I believe change fairly often. There's a huge excavated shipwreck on display as well as small bits of pottery and glassware and even an skeleton of an unknown (but speculated) sailor. Best of all, it's free! (Across the road is Cicarello's Fish and Chips which is also incredible!)
  • Cool museum with parts of old shipwrecks and story behind it. If you have extra half an hour, definitely recommend place to visit. It's no cost only donations. Staff are nice too.
  • I quite enjoyed the shipwreck museum it was interesting to walk through and see some of the old coins and treasures that have been found on the sea floor. Due to time restraints, we didn't spend a whole lot of time here, but the time we did spend was worth it. For a gold coin donation, you can spend as little or as long as you like here. Would definitely recommend
  • Really small, but really good museum! It does give you a great insight into the new settlers, how they came to Australia to their lifestyle on the ships! Must See! Free it is, too.

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