One of several museums in Fremantle, the WA Maritime Museum has plenty on offer for families.
Whenever the Western Australian Maritime Museum in Fremantle has a new exhibit on, I take my children along for a look. It is not just the eye-catching exhibits that are fascinating to see, but the Museum also offers a number of hands-on activities for kids.
With free entry for kids under 5 years, school holiday activities and permanent exhibits dedicated to WA’s maritime history, there are plenty of reasons to visit the Maritime Museum.
Fantastic exhibits for families and kids
Over the past two years my family and I have visited some truly insightful exhibits, including Horrible Histories - Pirates, based on the popular book series; Planet Shark, which provided an eye-opening look into this misunderstood creature, plus Epic Romans, the current exhibit.
Each exhibit usually features a number of fun, hands-on activities for the kids. Horrible Histories was lots of fun, with a pirate ship to explore and cannon balls to shoot!
With each new exhibit, you will also find fun activities such as dress-up opportunities and artistic opportunities in which children can draw and see their creations come to life on a special screen! The Maritime Museum also offers school holiday activities and summer school holiday programs, such as Fishing Clinics and Pizza Making Workshops!
Get the most out of your Maritime Museum experience by booking a guided tour. These are run daily at 10:30am and 2:30pm and are free with the price of entry. The tour will introduce visitors to some of the museum’s most iconic objects.
Learn more about our marine life
It wouldn’t be a maritime museum without a nod to Western Australia’s marine life and marine history. You can learn more about the rare megamouth shark, plus get up close and personal to colourful sealife in just a few steps!
An excellent insight into Western Australia’s maritime history
Western Australia has a long maritime history, so there is no better place to learn about it than the Maritime Museum. From the collection of warcraft that includes HMAS Ovens, the 1983 America’s Cup Winning Yacht and the record-breaking Parry Endeavour.
There is also plenty to learn from the various exhibits, vessels, people and artefacts that explore the themes of fishing, whaling, defence, pearling, navigation and more.
HMAS Ovens submarine for older children
HMAS Ovens is a challenging tour for older children and adults who love to explore. See what life on board the submarine was like in the Cold-War era and explore the controls, sensors, tactical equipment and torpedoes, and wonder how 63 people lived and served aboard the vessel in such cramped conditions.
This tour is NOT for the faint-hearted. It includes climbing 9 metre high stairs, steep ladders and squeezing through narrow hatchways. All participants require a reasonable level of fitness, freedom from significant injuries, and the ability to climb independently and without walking aides.
Cafe onsite and close to E-Shed markets
Woohoo, coffee! The Maritime Museum also has a cafe onsite, which makes a great pitstop for parents and hungry children. The E-Shed markets are also just a short walk away, although limited opening hours do apply.
If you want to learn more about WA’s rich maritime history or have a fun yet educational day out with the family, head down to the Maritime Museum and immerse yourself in all things marine.
WA Maritime Museum Victoria Quay, Fremantle
Open daily from 9:30am to 5pm, 1pm-5pm Anzac Day, Closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year's Day and Good Friday