The Western Australian Maritime Museum is located in Fremantle, WA. I must admit that it wasn’t on our original itinerary, but when we spotted it we detoured and went inside. You’ll find it just to the right (or North) of Fishing Boat Harbour which is a short walk.
The site houses a number of exhibits which explore Western Australia’s long relationship with the sea. We were lucky to visit on the second Tuesday of the month which means entry was a simple gold coin donation.
Traveling with kids often means I can not spend hour pouring over the exhibits that have been lovingly curated. My kidlets simply don’t have the patience *yet* so I did miss reading some of the historical log books and looking at the old maps for any great length of time. We could, however, have spent hours in the shipwreck gallery which fascinated us all on different levels.
The Shipwreck Galleries are recognized as the foremost maritime archaeology museum in the southern hemisphere. It houses numerous relics from ships wrecked along Western Australia’s treacherous coast 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. There’s even a skeleton which Master R investigated for well over 20 minutes.
The Western Australian Maritime Museum is open every day from 9.30 am until 5.00 pm closing for public holidays. On the second Tuesday of every month there is entry to the Western Australian Maritime Museum by gold coin donation. Otherwise you are looking at $22.00-35.00 per family depending on which exhibits you wish to see. Bare in mind that for safety reasons, children under the age of five are not permitted to participate on the submarine tour. (which ruled us out!).
Psst….looking for a souvenir? On your way out, ask the staff at the gift store if they have any replica coins. We were able to grab the last one in on our visit, but they did say more were on the way.