Source: WA Maritime Museum

Get Your History Fix: The 5 Best Museums in Perth

Winter is here, and museums are a great place to spent a cold and wet day. Whether you’re interested in natural history, performing arts, aviation or automobiles, there’s a museum in Perth for you. We’ve narrowed down a few of our favourite museums to visit, so rug up and get ready for your history fix this winter.

WA Museum Boola Bardip

Having recently reopened after four years of renovations, WA Museum Boola Bardip offers an insight into Western Australia’s social, cultural and natural history. Housed across eight permanent galleries, the museum’s collection of fossils, specimens and historical artefacts are showcased in an innovative and immersive format. Children will enjoy exploring the sensory maze of the wildlife gallery, while parents are delighted with the unique display of Western Australia’s live music, sports and entertainment history. WA Museum Boola Bardip also plays host to a number of special temporary exhibitions that explore both our state’s and international history.

WA Maritime Museum

Situated on Fremantle’s waterfront, the WA Maritime Museum showcases Western Australia’s relationship with the ocean. The museum’s world-class exhibitions explore everything from the state’s fishing industry and underwater specimens to shipwrecks, boat races and the state’s naval history. In the museum, you will find a collection of fascinating maritime artefacts, as well as lifesize displays of leisure boats, sailboats and even commercial pearl luggers. For visitors and Perth locals, the museum provides a unique understanding of Fremantle’s place in the world as a port city.

Aviation Heritage Museum

Located in Bull Creek, the Aviation Heritage Museum explores Western Australia’s aviation history. With over 30 aircraft and numerous aviation artefacts on display, this Perth museum also offers special tours where visitors have the rare opportunity to climb inside the historical aircraft. The Aviation Heritage Museum has a specially built Hangar to display large aircraft, such as the Avro Lancaster and Douglas Dakota models. With virtual reality experiences available as well, the Aviation Heritage Museum is guaranteed to please any aviation enthusiast.

The Motor Museum of Western Australia

The Motor Museum of Western Australia is home to a collection of cars and motorcycles from the late 19th century to the present day. Inside the museum, you will find automobiles with a historical significance, as well as extremely rare and sought-after models. Racing fanatics will be delighted to see Daniel Ricciardo’s very own winning Red Bull RB10 nestled into the museum’s collection, while history buffs will enjoy getting a glimpse of rare pioneer vehicles, such as the 1898 Star. While the cars do take the spotlight, you will also find an entertaining collection of repair workshops, posters and other automobile memorabilia.

Museum of Performing Arts

Housed within the heritage listed His Majesty’s Theatre, Perth’s Museum of Performing Arts contains over 45,000 items of theatre memorabilia. Curated by the theatre‚Äôs own historian, the collection includes glamorous costumes, photographs, press clippings, scripts, scores, and a silk program dating all the way back to 1854. Whether you’re interested in the famous performers who once graced the His Majesty’s Stage, or simply interested in the role that theatre plays in a city’s cultural and social life, the Museum of Performing Arts is a must-visit for theatre lovers.

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