In 1891 the Geological Museum was established in the Old Perth Gaol building. It became known as the Western Australian Museum and Art Gallery in 1897.
In 1959 the Art Gallery became an entity in its own right and gradually a number of different sites were established under the main 'umbrella' of the Western Australian Museum.
Western Australian Museum - Albany
Western Australian Museum - Geraldton
Western Australian Museum - Kalgoorlie / Boulder
Western Australian Museum - Maritime
Western Australian Museum - Perth
Western Australian Museum - Shipwreck Galleries
The Perth branch of the museum (in Northbridge) opens from 9:30am to 5pm 7 days a week (ANZAC Day opening hours are 1pm to 5pm) except for Christmas, Boxing, New
Year's Day and Good Friday when it is closed. Entry to the museum is free but a small donation of some sort is always appreciated.
The museum houses a number of permanent galleries including a discovery centre, WA land and people, bird gallery, Dampier marine gallery, butterfly gallery, diamonds to
dinosaurs, mammal gallery and Katta Djinoong. There are also feature exhibitions from time to time and it is best to check the museum website to see the latest information for these.
The museum does far more than just display collections to the public. Behind the scenes are research departments and responsibility for the protection of many marine wreck
sites around the coast.
There is a free wi-fi system now available though-out the museum. There is also a cafe located in the museum grounds and this operates from 10am to 4pm daily.