The Shipwreck Galleries

Fremantle, WA

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Address: Cliff St, Fremantle WA 6160, Australia How do we get there? Number: 8 9431 8469
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About this activity

The Western Australian Museum's Shipwreck Galleries is recognised as the foremost maritime archaeology museum in the southern hemisphere. Dive into the history of Australia's oldest shipwrecks!

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.

The museum was originally built to store the food, clothing and supplies of the Swan River colony. In 1979 it opened to the public as a Shipwrecks museum. 

Theres lots of tours to go on too!

Including a Tactile Tour, where you get to touch and examine object, Objects and Memries Tour, Highlights Tour and Our Shared Stories Tour where you'll explore the nature and impact of interactions between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people. 

Activity location


Paid parking is available in the City of Fremantle car park just outside the WA Shipwrecks Museum.

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Suggested donation $5


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The Shipwreck Galleries FAQ’s

The museum is recognised for its contributions to maritime archaeology and shipwreck conservation.

There's lots of dedicated education programs for them to uncover the local history!

Ramp and lift available both suitable for disabled access

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