Western Australian Maritime
Victoria Quay, Fremantle,
Phone number (08) 9431 8334
Open daily: 9.30am – 5.00pm
Open ANZAC Day 1.00pm – 5.00pm
Closed: Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year’s Day and Good Friday
Please note: due to heat and wind, submarine tours are not always available during the summer period. Please call ahead to confirm submarine tours are running on the day of your visit.
Adult tickets are $10 for Museum entry and $10 to tour the Submarine. A combined ticket is $16. Childrens tickets are $3 or $5 for combined entry.
“Perched on the Indian Ocean's shore, the Western Australian Maritime Museum is symbolic of Fremantle’s past, present and future as a coastal city and port.
The Museum houses several unique galleries that explore WA's relationship with the sea. From leisure boats and handcrafted sailing boats to commercial pearl luggers, the Museum inspires visitors to discover WA’s affinity with the ocean.
The Museum is home to the winning America's Cup yacht, Australia II, an Oberon class submarine — HMAS Ovens, Jon Sanders’ Parry Endeavour and many other iconic vessels from WA's maritime history”.
I visited the museum with Miss 4 and Miss 2 during the summer school holidays. Although they were a bit too young to enjoy the majority of the exhibits, there are not many things that are interactive for young children, we still got great fun out of our visit. We bought a family pass and were able to pay an additional $3 to get 12 months unlimited entry – worth doing in my opinion.
There are 5 themed areas to the Maritime Museum.
- ‘Hooked on Fishing’ which looks how the fishing industry in WA has changed over the years.
- ‘Swan River’ which details how the landscape of the Swan River has changed throughout the years.
- ‘Naval Defence’ – explaining the importance of Fremantle and the Royal Australian Navy.
- ‘Indian Ocean’ exhibit which examines the trades routes that have linked the people of the Indian Ocean.
- ‘Cargoes’ which looks at what has come through WA’s ports over the years – including people, and what impact this has had on WA.
First up was the temporary Traversing Antarctica exhibition which is on display until 24th Feburary. The girls loved looking at the stuffed at the stuffed animals on display – Husky Dogs, Seals and Pengiuns, and listening to all the noises that you would expect to hear on a visit to Antarctica.
In the main hall they have a preserved Megamouth Shark which is one of the world’s rarest sharks. Only 9 specimens have been found in the world and the one on display in the Martitime Museum was discovered in Manduarah in 1988. Miss 4 thought it was fabulous!
Being a Maritime Museum there are lots of boats on display however you can only get onboard one of them which is one of the old ferries that was used on the Swan River. Miss 4 and Miss 2 had a great time pretending to sail the boat.
The Maritime Museum also has a submarine, HMAS Ovens, which you are able to take a guided tour of. The tours leave every half hour (10am - 3.30pm) and bookings are advised. The guided tours take approximately one hour and reveal intimate details about living and serving aboard the 89 meter long vessel. Quite amazingly, 63 people served aboard the vessel living amongst pumps, controls, sensors, tactical equipment and torpedoes in extremely cramped conditions. The tour is available to children aged 5 plus. If you wish to take a tour it is recommendation that you phone the Maritime museum from 9.30am on the day of your visit to find out whether they are operating. Read our review of the Submarine tour here.
On the top floor of the Maritime Museum is a kids corner catering for the younger children. Here you’ll find books, games, toys and a few chairs for you to sit and take a rest whilst watching the children play.
In the Foyer area of the Maritime Museum is a café which has
tables inside and on the deck outside overlooking the ocean. It
serves a range of light meals and the kids meals range from $2.50
for a vegemite or Nutella sandwich to $6.95 for chicken nuggets
or pizza and chips.
Museum cafe opening hours
Monday to Friday: 9.30 – 4.00pm
Saturday: 11.00 – 4.00pm
Sunday: 9.30 – 4.30pm
We did enjoy our visit to the Maritime Museum. It’s a beautifully
designed building, lovely and cool on a hot summer’s day and is a
nice way to spend an hour or two when visiting Fremantle.
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