WA Shipwrecks Museum

WA Shipwrecks Museum, Fremantle: Hours, Address, WA Shipwrecks Museum Reviews: 4.5/5

WA Shipwrecks Museum
4.5
Speciality Museums • History Museums
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9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
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The WA Shipwrecks Museum is recognised as the foremost maritime archaeology museum in the southern hemisphere. 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 Batavia (wrecked in 1629), the de Vlamingh Dish, and also countless artefacts from the Dutch shipwrecks Zuytdorp, Zeewijk and Vergulde Draeck.
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Phil H
Geelong, Australia54 contributions
Jun 2022
Beautifully presented museum, I'm just not that into shipwrecks I guess. The displays were well presented and the staff were friendly.
Written 3 July 2022
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Nanette S
7 contributions
Jun 2022
Travelled there on the free CAT bus from the railway station. Museum was free but have a donation box for gold coins. Very interesting collection and well written history of all the wrecks off the coast of WA. They do free tours at 10.30am and 2.30pm daily. They have the original timbers of the Batavia and you can look down onto stern of the Batavia and see what life onboard was like from the observation deck.
Written 22 June 2022
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Jeffry b
Essendon, Australia10,759 contributions
Apr 2022
The treacherous Western Australian coast was the graveyard of many ships, in particular Dutch East Indiamen on thw way to Batavia. The East Indies are now known as Indonesia and Batavia is Jakarta, the capital city. Amongst the relics on show are the Batavia and the Gilt Dragon. There are many things to see, anyone with an interest in maritime history will be enthralled. By the way, entry is by donation.
Written 1 June 2022
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John A
4 contributions
May 2022
There is a a large exhibit for the Batvia. Need to spend at least one hour there. Admittance by donation.
Written 23 May 2022
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Christine651
Melbourne, Australia109 contributions
May 2022
The old building was lovely and there was a lot to see so well worth a visit. No need to book tours as self guided
Written 20 May 2022
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Andrea R
Windsor, Australia137 contributions
Apr 2022
FREE entry. Donation appreciated. The staff were VERY informative and were absolutely committed to this museum.. There are places to sit and watch movies about displays - you’ll need it… No hands on for the kids - so maybe historical buffs/adults..
Written 3 May 2022
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Helen K
Adelaide, Australia32 contributions
Mar 2022
Amazing relics of sunken ships. Could not believe how they had restored engines that had been under the sea for so long
Written 23 March 2022
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Davie13
Booragoon, Australia98 contributions
Nov 2021
So much to see and so many interesting facts to be learnt. My wife and I spent several hours working through the museum. Only slightly spoilt by noisy children.
Written 28 November 2021
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Robert Leslie H
Perth, Australia21 contributions
Oct 2021
Thoroughly enjoyed our visit to the Shipwreck museum. Found it to be well laid out and very informative.
Written 19 October 2021
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Anna H
Bassendean, Australia93 contributions
Oct 2021 • Friends
A great few hours learning about how treacherous WA coastline is for sailors!! A great exhibit of the Duyfken vessel and the history of the ship and its voyage.

A great outing for families with young kids….
Written 4 October 2021
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