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Published December 4th 2016
A list of awesome child-friendly museums around Perth
Perth is shrouded in a rich history, with so many great museums dedicated to capturing tales of the city's past. What makes Perth so great is the amount of child-friendly museums dotted around. From the first and only video game museum in Australia, to an intriguing old prison and a building full of fire engines, here are Perth's best child-friendly museums.
The Nostalgia Box, Northbridge Perth is the home of Australia's first and only video game console museum, a magical place where the kids can go wild playing some old school, REAL video games like Sonic the Hedgehog and MarioKart, while the whole family can learn about the history of video game consoles. Address: 3/16 Aberdeen Street, Northbridge. Phone: 9227 7377 Website: thenostalgiabox.com.au Opening Hours: Open seven days 10:30am to 5pm (closed public holidays) and bookings are essential. Cost: Adults $15, Kids five to 10 years $10, concession $13.
Remember the days when you could run amok within the walls of Scitech? When you have kids, you can do it all over again at Perth's fundamental science museum. Scitech appeals to kids of all ages and with a huge range of scientific experiments and quirky exhibits, it's a sure-fire way to get the kids interested in the 'how stuff works' side of childhood. Address: City West Centre, Corner Railway and Sutherland Streets, West Perth. Phone: 9215 0700 Website: scitech.org.au Opening Hours: Weekdays 9:30am to 4pm, weekends 10am to 5pm. Cost: Adults $19, kids four to 15 years, $12, concession $16.
A museum dedicated to fire engines and fire trucks? Awesome! If you've got kids who are fascinated with fire engines, a trip to this free museum to learn about the history of fire and emergency services in Perth – plus the opportunity to dress up as a firefighter – is a must-do. Address: Corner of Murray and Irwin Streets, Perth. Phone: 9395 9767 Website: dfes.wa.gov.au Opening Hours: Open 10am to 3pm Tuesday to Thursday. Cost: Free.
Fremantle Prison A tour through Fremantle Prison provides a fascinating insight into the city's history as a convict settlement. The prison – built by the same convicts it was home to – was closed in the 1990s but is now a World Heritage site where you and the kids can learn all about prison life, view some prisoner artwork and take a peek into the tiny cells where the inmates spent most of their day. Address: 1 The Terrace, Fremantle. Phone: 9336 9200 Website: fremantleprison.com.au Opening Hours: Open daily 9am to 5pm. Cost: Tours start from $20 for adults, $11 for kids aged four to 15, $17 for concession holders.
Fremantle Maritime Museum Do you have adventurous kids? The Fremantle Maritime Museum is home to HMAS Ovens, a REAL submarine that kids and parents can enter and explore, although it is not suitable for all abilities. The Maritime Museum is also home several exhibitions dedicated to Fremantle's history of boating and pearling. Address: Victoria Quay, Fremantle. Phone: 1300 134 081 Website: museum.wa.gov.au Opening Hours: Daily from 9:30am to 5pm. See website for public holiday opening hours. Cost: Museum from $7.50 for adults, kids free, HMAS Ovens entry from $7.50 for adults and $7.50 for kids.
The Western Australian Museum Shipwreck Galleries If your kids are fascinated with tales from the ocean, the Western Australian Museum Shipwreck Galleries is the place to take them to learn all about some of the state's famous shipwrecks. The galleries contain artefacts dedicated to WA's coastal disasters. Address: Cliff Street, Fremantle. Phone: 1300 134 081 Website: museum.wa.gov.au Opening Hours: Daily from 9:30am to 5pm. See website for public holiday opening hours. Cost: Free ($5 suggested donation.)
Army Museum of WA
Who knew Perth was home to an army museum? View artefacts, history and information from the state's involvement in various world conflicts, from pre-Federation war to modern day battles. Address: Artillery Barracks, Burt Street, Fremantle Phone: 9430 2535 Website: armymuseumwa.com.au Opening Hours: Visits take part between 10:30am and 1pm from Wednesday to Sunday. Cost: Adults from $7, kids $7.
Aviation Heritage Museum, Bull Creek Bull Creek is the site of Perth's Aviation Heritage Museum, a cultural nod to Western Australia's aviation history, including its role in the two world wars. Address: Bull Creek Drive, Bull Creek Phone: 9311 4470 Website: raafawa.org.au Opening Hours: Daily, 10am to 4pm, except some public holidays. Cost: Adults $10, kids four to 16 $5, concession $7.50
Pic: Aviation Heritage Museum.
Azelia Ley Homestead, Hamilton Hill Open every Sunday afternoon, this Hamilton Hill homestead offers a look into Perth life through the ages and shares the space with the Wagon House Museum. Address: Manning Park, Davilak Avenue, Hamilton Hill Phone: 9418 6648 Website: azelialeymuseum.com.au Opening Hours: Sundays, 1:30pm to 4:30pm Cost: Free to enter.
Whiteman Park's Transport Museums
Whiteman Park has not one but three transport museums – the Tractor Museum of WA, the Motor Museum of WA and Revolutions Transport Museum. It's a great place to let them climb onto things other than the furniture at home. Address: Lot 99a Lord Street, Whiteman. Phone: 9209 6000. Website: whitemanpark.com.au Opening Hours: Park opens 8:30am to 6pm daily, see website for museum opening hours. Cost: Free entry for park, museum entry costs vary.