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Published November 2nd 2010
Deliciously French, the La Perouse Museum and Gallery is located at Botany Bay and surrounded by some of Sydney's most inspirational attractions; Botany Bay National Park, Historic Buildings, Beaches, Forts and Monuments. Why not make it a day out?

Dedicated to the famous French navigator Jean-François de Galaup, Comte (Count) de La Perouse (1741-88), whose ship arrived at Botany Bay six days after the First Fleet in the year 1788, the La Perouse Museum and Gallery is full of historical memorabilia. Imagine that! Australia could have been a French Colony.

La Perouse Museum and Gallery details Comte De La Perouse and his crews encounter with the British, the local Aboriginals and their adventures at Botany Bay. La Perouse Museum and Gallery also is the home of historical maps, early navigation instruments and salvaged items from shipwrecks – minus the Treasure Chests of course…

Commissioned by King Louis XVI of France, Comte De La Perouse explored the Pacific and was inspired by Captain Cook's own explorations. La Perouse's journey was undertaken with the L'Astrolabe and La Boussole, two famous French ships.

La Perouse had decided to sail into Botany Bay following an incident on the Navigator Islands, otherwise known as Samoa. If the Samoan incident had not occurred, could we now be sipping red wine and speaking French?

Comte De La Perouse and his expedition stayed at Botany for 6 weeks, and then with intentions of returning to France sailed out of Botany Bay around March 1788 only to meet with tragedy during bad weather on the rocks off Solomon Islands.

New exhibitions are displayed regularly from the many objects, photographs and prints housed inside the La Perouse Museum and Gallery. New items are also collected from the local area to add to the collections ongoing cultural exploration.

While attending an exhibition at La Perouse Museum and Gallery, why not also browse through the Museum Shop, explore the Museum Library, go on a La Perouse Tour, or simply enjoy the La Perouse Museum's holiday program.

The building that is now home to the La Perouse Museum and Gallery was once used as a Cable station that supported operations between Australia and New Zealand, later becoming an Orphanage run by the Salvation Army and then a home for Nurses from the Prince Henry Hospital.

La Perouse Museum and Gallery, as it is known now, is certainly one of Sydney's older buildings and hold significant historical value – a fitting home for the memorabilia of a French Count! Established as a Bicentennial Gift from France to Australia in 1988, the La Perouse Museum has become a symbol of French hospitality.

Whether you are researching Australian History, or fascinated with all things French, the La Perouse Museum and Gallery offers young and old, families and friends a delightful experience and an opportunity to learn about a part of Australian and French history not often taught in schools. Many of the Artefacts at La Perouse Museum and Gallery are rare or one of a kind and kept in good condition through the generosity of the French Government.


Built on the Site of the First landing, La Perouse Museum and Gallery overlooks the place where local Aboriginals first spotted the Tall ships, however there would have been lots of trees back then and no buildings – If the English introduced cups of Tea, what did the French introduce?

Discover Australian French history as well as get a taste of France, with exhibitions of photographs detailing French villas, French food and French lifestyle. If you have been to France and miss the atmosphere, or have yet to but would love to make your initial visit, La Perouse Museum and Gallery can give you a taste of your Dream.

Find out the answers to this question and more when you visit the La Perouse Museum. Where? La Perouse is actually a suburb in South Eastern Sydney, but you will not find the La Perouse Museum and Gallery there! The La Perouse Peninsula is located in the northern headland of Botany Bay and this is where you should be if you want to see the La Perouse Museum and Gallery.

Open Wednesday to Sunday from 10am to 4pm, the La Perouse Museum and Gallery is located at Botany Bay National Park, Anzac Avenue, La Perouse, NSW, Australia. La Perouse Museum and Gallery supports access through providing wheelchair access on the ground floor.

The Botany Bay area features car parks, BBQ areas, a Visitor Information Centre, Picnic areas and Public Toilets. Closed from 21 October to the 9th of December for repainting, the La Perouse Museum and Gallery will reopen with a new look and new exhibitions, so start planning your trip.

Ticket Prices for entry into the La Perouse Museum and Gallery start at just $5.50 for Adults, $3.30 for Concessions and $13.20 for Family (2Adults & 2Children). La Perouse Museum and Gallery Museum Tour Bookings can be arranged by telephone on (02) 9247 5033, via fax on (02) 9241 3303, or via email on cadmans.cottage@environment.nsw.gov.au

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Why? Deliciously French!
When: Wednesday to Sunday, 10am to 4pm
Where: Botany Bay National Park, Anzac Avenue, La Perouse, NSW, Australia
Cost: $5.50 for Adults, $3.30 for Concessions and $13.20 for Family (2Adults & 2Children)
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