Museum of Childhood

Joondalup, WA

Where are we going?

Museum of Childhood
270 Joondalup Dr
Joondalup WA 6027
Australia

8 9212 3700

What is there to do?

This nationally significant collection of 24,000 items is reflective of Western Australian childhood in all its diversity. It contains toys and games of children’s play, child rearing and schooling items, costume, books and items that are reflective of home life in Western Australia.

The collection is representative of children’s lives through different periods, environments, socio-economic circumstances and culturally diverse backgrounds. It contains several collections that are immensely significant in their own right, most notably the Riley Family Collection. This near complete collection of 150 toys belonged to the six children (b.1887 to 97) of Perth’s first Anglican Archbishop, the Rev C O Riley. It is one of the most complete holdings of a single family collection of toys in Australia and is of national significance.

The ECU Museum of Childhood Collection is also noted for its diverse range of improvised items: toys, clothes, school equipment and other childhood items home-made due to economic hardship, isolation, wartime austerity and emergency or for pleasure.

How much does it cost?

Adults: Donations suggested.

LAST UPDATED 2013

When can we go?

Daily opening, with seasonal variations, check site for information.

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Any top tips?

Remind the kids they can't play with everything, though there are some interactive elements, so this may be confusing and attention must be paid!

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