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Over the last decade,
Art Centre has been
astrophysicists to explore
the night sky from artistic
and scientific perspectives.
Now, this exhibition
explores the Yamaji artists’
connection to the heavens.
WA Museum, until Oct 5.
This annual open day in
Bassendean celebrates all
things rail, with a live steam
display, guided tours, swap
meets and afternoon tea
in a buffet car. The
permanent collection spans
WA’s rail history, dating
back to 1881. The Railway
Museum, Oct 11.
PERTH HERITAGE DAYS
James Stirling, Ursula
Frayne and Yagan were
much more than just names
taught in primary school.
Learn about our state’s
heroes and villains in these
free exhibitions, talks and
guided walks. Various city
locations, Oct 17-18.
Providing a glimpse into the
gritty side of WA’s pearling
industry, this exhibition
explores its Aboriginal,
Asian and European
histories, plus its unique
local tradition. Maritime
Museum, until Oct 25.
A HISTORY OF
Whips, leg-irons and
homemade tattoo guns,
and we’re telling you to
take your kids? Nope,
we’re not crazy – it’s an
exhibition of Freo Prison’s
rare historic objects, and
fascinating for all ages.
Fremantle Prison, ongoing.
It’s high on the list of things to impress our tourist friends (so cultured, y’know?) but
that’s probably because Freo Prison really does have the historical credentials to blow
them away. It’s not only a recognised UNESCO World Heritage Site, it’s also a museum,
crammed with approximately 15,000 historical objects. “We recently constructed
WA’s first visible storage facility, where visitors can view the majority of the prison’s
collection in storage, through glass windows,” says heritage conservation manager
Luke Donegan. “The prison also has two permanent visitor centres: one focusing on
the prison’s convict history, and the other focusing on its modern history.” Finally, there
are the temporary exhibitions highlighting different objects from the collection, and an
art gallery displaying works by West Australian prisoners. fremantleprison.com.au.
MUSEUM OF PERTH
Imagine a few arty mates batting around plans
for a passion project housed in a Perth heritage
building – what do you think they’re opening?
Nope, it’s not a(nother) small bar – it’s a tiny
museum for the City of Perth, that’s been in the
pipeline for a group of local history buffs for three
years. The 80sqm space in the city’s Grand Lane
tells the story of Perth’s social, cultural, political
and architectural history, and the museum
will have its first exhibition in September.
1. WESTERN AUSTRALIAN MUSEUM
WHAT Home to some of the state’s most exciting exhibitions, from local Aboriginal
culture to meteorites and dinosaurs. OPEN Seven days a week, entry by donation.
Perth Cultural Centre.
2. WA MARITIME MUSEUM
WHAT As well as housing galleries highlighting Fremantle’s port history, this is home to
America’s Cup winner Australia II. OPEN Seven days a week. Victoria Quay, Fremantle.
3. EDWARD DE COURCY CLARKE EARTH
SCIENCE MUSEUM FREE
WHAT A showcase of minerals, rocks, fossils and meteorites, perfect for geology
fans. OPEN Monday, Wednesday, Friday. UWA, Crawley.
4. ARMY MUSEUM OF WA
WHAT Tanks, field guns and military vehicles... see how the Australian army has
equipped itself over the years. OPEN Wednesday to Sunday, but bookings needed.
Artillery Barracks, Burt Street, Fremantle.
5. FRESHWATER BAY MUSEUM FREE
WHAT Artifacts, photographs and oral history tapes in a preserved 19th
century schoolhouse. OPEN Monday to Friday, first Sunday of the month.
66 Victoria Avenue, Claremont.
6. AVIATION HERITAGE MUSEUM OF WA
WHAT 23 airplanes and 21 engines, including the very rare Avro
Lancaster OPEN Seven days a week. Bull Creek Drive, Bull Creek.
Tell the kids it’s real-life
Minecraft to get them to
go to this unique museum
experience, which lets them
get up close to special
museum objects (actual
fossils, anyone?). We’ve got
no clue what to say to tear
them away, though. WA
It may come as a surprise
that Perth’s western
suburbs, stretching from
Subiaco to Fremantle,
played an important
role in the state’s First
World War effort. This
exhibition reveals local
stories, records, artefacts
and loaned items that
include medals, uniforms,
letters and diaries. Free
entry. Freshwater Bay
Warakurna: All The Stories Got Into Our Minds And Eyes
There’s no better place than the edge of the Western Desert cultural bloc to
see this exhibition for the first time – it showcases contemporary artworks from
the Warakurna community, some of the last Aboriginal people to have contact
with European colonists. Their sculptures and paintings reflect the significant
impact of these experiences. “The exhibition provides unique insights and helps
everyone understand the complex history of Warakurna,” says the WA Museum’s
Rachael Wilsher-Saa. Western Australian Museum – Kalgoorlie-Boulder, Sep 19-Oct 25;
Western Australian Museum, from Nov 7.
CLARIFICATION Edition 12 of Perth Guide carried a piece about the WA Museum Foundation that requires clarification. In fact, more than $420 million in state government funding
for the new WA museum was allocated to the WA Museum itself (through the Department of Culture and the Arts) and not to the Foundation, which is a separate entity. The new museum
will open in 2020, connecting the beautiful heritage buildings with a new facility. For more info, head to museum.wa.gov.au.
The Museum of Perth will
celebrate Perth’s historic
buildings like the Old
Swan Brewery (pictured),
built in 1837.
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