Perth has a short but rich history that has been captured in the many museums around the city and surrounding suburbs. Best of all, the vast majority of them are child-friendly, so you can take the kids along to learn all about the history of our state.
Perth and surrounds
The Perth CBD is simply full of museums to take the kids on an educational tour. While the West Australian Museum is currently closed for renovations, you’ll find plenty of other historical attractions to get the kids attention.
The Perth Mint Learn how gold played a part in shaping WA by taking part in a guided heritage tour, and see how gold is made.
Address: 310 Hay Street, East Perth
Phone: 9421 7222
The Perth Mint (pic: Perth Mint website.)
The Nostalgia Box Perth has its very own video game museum. Who knew? The kids will love the opportunity to play some new and retro games, while mum and dad will feel like they’ve take a step back into their own childhood.
Address: 3/16 Aberdeen Street, Northbridge
Phone: 9227 7377
The Nostalgia Box (pic: Facebook.)
DFES Education and Heritage Centre This is a must for kids who love fire engines and fire trucks. View a history of Perth’s fire and emergency services, play dress up for a day and explore the building’s unique history.
Address: Corner of Murray and Irwin Streets, Perth
Phone: 9395 9767
Pic: DFES website.
Scitech Perth’s ultimate science museum for kids, Scitech is the place we all loved to go to in school and are so glad to have an excuse to go back now. With its range of quirky exhibitions, awesome experiments and ToddlerFest, this is one museum kids of all ages are sure to love.
Address: City West Centre, Corner Railway and Sutherland Streets, West Perth
Phone: 9215 0700
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South of Perth
Fremantle is known for its plethora of great museums, all dedicated to its rich history as an early Perth settlement and penal colony, and has lots of museums for you and the kids.
Fremantle Prison Fremantle Prison was built by the very convicts it housed until being shut down as a working prison in the 1990s. You can take a fascinating tour though the prison and learn the stories of some very famous ‘tenants’.
Address: 1 The Terrace, Fremantle
Phone: 9336 9200
Fremantle Maritime Museum Housing several galleries dedicated to Western Australia’s close coastal relationship, the Fremantle Maritime Museum is a fascinating nod to the state’s leisure and sailing boats, plus pearling history. You can also explore a real submarine, the HMAS Ovens, where you can climb through tunnels and experience life as a submarine sailor – but it’s not for the faint hearted.
Address: Victoria Quay, Fremantle
Phone: 1300 134 081
HMAS Ovens at Fremantle Maritime Museum (pic: Maritime Museum Facebook.)
Aviation Heritage Museum, Bull Creek Some 20 minutes up the road from Fremantle in Bull Creek, you’ll find the Aviation Heritage Museum, where you and the kids can learn all about the state’s aviation history.
Address: Bull Creek Drive, Bull Creek
Phone: 9311 4470