Everyone is included

WA Museum of the Goldfields welcomes visitors of all abilities. 
We aim to provide an inclusive, accessible and enjoyable experience for everyone.

Learn more about the WA Museum’s Disability Access Inclusion Plan (DAIP) review here. 


Preparing for your visit 

Avoid queues     
To minimise the time your family spends in a queue, we suggest that you buy tickets for special ticketed exhibitions online before you visit. 

Visual Supports    
Before your visit, print out the visual supports and checklist to help you develop a visual plan of your time at the Museum. This can help to structure a big day out, making it more enjoyable for everyone.

Visit Checklist – PDF [173 KB]   
Visual Supports – Galleries – PDF [306 KB]   

Visual Stories    
Written in consultation with the Autism Association of Western Australia, these Visual Stories provide a general guide for what to expect and what to do when visiting the Museum of the Goldfields. The stories provide key information to help you plan your visit and make the experience more predictable.

You can read the story online as a webpage or you can download it as a PDF document to print out. If you are a parent or teacher, it may help to read the story with your child or student(s) a few times in the lead up to your visit and again just before you come.

Visual Stories – Child – PDF [4.6 MB]   

The Museum of the Goldfields has collaborated with the Autism Association of Western Australia to develop these inclusive supports. If you have any questions about these resources or accessing services for people with Autism, please contact the Autism Association of Western Australia.  

Quiet times and quiet spaces    
The Museum tends to be quieter between 1pm and 3pm on weekdays during term time. 
The WA Bank in the courtyard also has a sensory space and Sensory tent with calm activities.  

There is seating throughout the Museum if you need to have a rest at any time.
We host sensory sensitive sessions throughout the year to support people with Autism to explore and enjoy the Museum. 

Entry to the Museum    
The entry to the Museum of the Goldfields is a single level with concrete flooring directly next to Hannan Street on street parking.

Information desk    
The information desk is located in the foyer of the main entrance. 

Sensory Backpacks   
Access one of our sensory backpacks on your visit to the museum for a treasure trove of tools to both calm and stimulate a child's sensory system. Sensory Backpacks | Western Australian Museum


Access to and within the Museum 

Museum of the Goldfields Site Map – PDF [253.93 KB]

Access within the Museum

The Museum of the Goldfields is mostly accessible. A wheelchair and lift are available. Access to the first floor of the British Arms Hotel and Police Wagon is via stairs only and not accessible. 

At front of Museum forecourt entry in Hannan Street, the kerb is ramped. Entry to Museum’s front doors from Hannan Street and side lane is level, with a wide concrete path/forecourt area. The door opens out and requires manual opening.

There is level access on the ground floor to reception, shop, exhibition space and outside into the courtyard.

There is level access to the men's toilets and the unisex disability access toilet. Women's toilets have raised access with two steps.

The outside courtyard has level access and a side ramp to go to the upper courtyard level, the British Arms Hotel, outbuildings and to the De Bernales display area.

A lift provides access to four floors: basement, ground, first floor and the Headframe viewing platform. Some electric wheelchairs and prams are difficult to manoeuvre into the lift. 

Access to the first floor of the British Arms Hotel is only via stairs. 

Staff are happy to assist with any access needs, please ask the reception desk for assistance or call 9021 8533.

ACROD parking    
At front of Museum forecourt entry in Hannan St. Kerb is ramped at this site. Parking is free. If required, buses/cars with disabled passengers can arrange to have the front gates both opened and can drive directly to the front doors of the Museum. 

Guide & assistance dogs   
The Museum welcomes guide and assistance dogs with full access rights.

Communication Board [1.1MB]


Autism Association of Western Australia


Programs and Resources

More programs will be announced soon. Please visit this page later for more information.