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Published April 25th 2013
Soak up the history of Claremont
Freshwater Bay Museum is the new name for the old, and much loved, Claremont Museum. The Freshwater Bay Museum has been closed for several months while major restoration work has been completed and has now re-opened to the public.
Located in the Town of Claremont area, the original building of the museum was built in 1862. It has been many things in its long life including a school, a police station and a boarding house and in 1975, after extensive renovations, it became the Claremont Museum.
Freshwater Bay Museum, formerly known as the Claremont Museum
The Freshwater Bay Museum has an impressive collection of over eleven thousand interesting and historical items including rare artefacts, photographs, oral history tapes, displays, equipment and documents plus a number of temporary and permanent exhibitions.
Also located at the museum site, along the river foreshore, is the Historic Boatshed. This boatshed was built in 1910, originally used to build boats and pearling luggers, the boatshed was later used as a maintenance and repair shed. The boatshed now houses a collection of over six hundred pieces of historical equipment and a clinker-built dinghy.
One of the highlights at the Freshwater Bay Museum would have to be the scale model set-ups. One display shows Freshwater Bay in 1862, while a display of 1940's style Claremont shows old fashioned shops including a barber, cobbler, draper and corner store.
The Freshwater Bay Museum is run by volunteers and if you are interested in helping out, in a number of different roles, give the museum a ring on 9340 6983 for information.
You will find the Freshwater Bay Museum located in Mrs Herberts Park, Victoria Avenue in Claremont. Mrs Herberts Park is a lovely spot with children's play equipment and picnic facilities available, great for a picnic or a bit of relaxation, before or after your visit to the museum.
Opening hours for the Freshwater Bay Museum are Monday to Friday from 1pm until 4 pm and on the first Sunday of every month from 2pm till 5pm. Closed on public holidays.
Admission to the Freshwater Bay Museum is free.
For further details and updates, including opening hours, check out the Town of Claremont website.
Actually the Town of Claremont employs several people, curators, curatorial staff, museuem assistants, as well as volunteers to run the Freshwater Bay Museum.
It's looking just awesome after recent renovations.