The impressive Western Australian Maritime Museum has fascinating and interactive displays showcasing the region’s rich maritime heritage and presenting exhibitions.
Located on Victoria Quay, which is also one of the main ferry departure points for Rottnest Island and river cruises to Perth, the museum includes galleries exploring Western Australia’s relationship with the sea, past, present and future.
The museum is home to several true-life exhibitions–in one enormous space is the America’s Cup winning yacht, Australia II. Also inside the museum is Parry Endeavour, the yacht that carried Jon Sanders on his record-breaking triple circumnavigation of the globe.
Next door is the Oberon-class Australian submarine HMAS Ovens. Guided tours go inside the submarine to show how sailors lived and worked deep below the surface.
Before entering the Maritime Museum take time to stroll along the Welcome Walls outside the museum entrance. The Welcome Walls celebrate the many thousands of migrants who arrived in Fremantle’s port to begin new lives in Australia after escaping war-torn Europe in the late 1940s and 1950s.
Just five minute walks from the Maritime Museum are the Shipwreck Galleries, the foremost maritime archaeology museum in the southern hemisphere.
The museum is housed in a faithfully-restored 1850s-era Commissariat building. The galleries display 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.
For information about other museums and galleries in Fremantle go to our Fremantle story website.