WA Shipwreck Museum Review

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Last Updated on July 24, 2019 by Travels with Kids

The WA Shipwreck Museum is a great place to get a taste for Western Australia’s maritime history. Below is our WA Shipwreck Museum review.

The Fremantle Shipwreck Museum, what a great place for the little pirate – or the history buff!   And with thousands of kilometers of coastline in Western Australia, there are lots of tales to be told!

“Must see” – WA Shipwreck Museum Review

Number 1 on our list of things to do in Fremantle is visit the restored hull of the Batavia.  It was the highlight of this Museum visit for us both for its size and also its story. Kept in a temperature-controlled room, this a fascinating piece of Australia’s first European history… sadly full of blood, and revealing how animal humans can be.  (Maybe don’t tell the kids the story!)

At the top of the Batavia Gallery is a very small children’s play area with a few well-designed exhibits that kept Master 5 fascinated for a good 15 minutes. This was a great chance for the folks to read of some of the information!

Master 5 was fascinated by all the boat models in the WA Shipwreck Museum.

As a parent, I often feel a little ‘robbed’ by visiting museums with kids, as there is hardly time to read and absorb the displays as the kids shoot from exhibit to exhibit.  As the WA Shipwreck Museum is small but beautifully prepared and jam-packed with information I did get to take in some information.  Plus, it is free so there isn’t the same feeling of needing to get value for money.

We visited the WA Shipwreck Museum with Master 5 who has a general interest in boats and all things mechanical (and guns). So the cannons, bells, and ship models all got a lot of attention from him.   He particularly enjoyed the display of the SS Xantho where they had raised a ship’s motor from the seafloor.

WA Shipwreck Museum Review
Incredible.. the hull of the Batavia.

How Long? – WA Shipwrecks Museum

All up we were in the museum for about 45 minutes, not a reflection of the quality of the museum but the attention span of a 5-year-old.   Once children have a good degree of reading comprehension this will be a fascinating place for them to learn more about the early history of Western Australia, particularly the intrepid sailors and people that were the first Europeans to visit.

Cost – WA Shipwrecks Museum

Best of all the Fremantle Shipwreck Museum is Free, though a $5 donation is appreciated.

For more information on the WA Shipwrecks Museum check here.

Things to do in Freemantle
Funky Fish fun in Fremantle

What Is There Nearby The Fremantle Shipwreck Museum

The Fremantle Wharf includes some Western Australian culinary institutions – Cicerellos and Kailis Bros Seafood we buy our fish n chips there and then go and eat them under the pines in Fremantle Park.

Things to do in Freemantle

Other Things To Do In Fremantle With Kids

If you are looking to make a day of it in Fremantle, we recommend a visit to the Fremantle Shipwreck Museum, followed by fish n chips in the park and then a ride on the Fremantle Ferris Wheel. (Also referred to as the Fremantle Tourist Wheel)

We also like the WA Maritime Museum but definitely wouldn’t recommend a visit on the same day you visit the WA Shipwrecks Museum!!!

If you have older kids we would recommend a visit to the Fremantle Prison.

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