HMAS Ovens

Temporarily closed

The Western Australian Museum’s much-loved HMAS Ovens submarine is about to begin its face lift and make-over, which will include the repair and repainting of the hull surface to return the vessel to its former glory.

Ovens will need to temporarily close to the public from 9 January 2023 to allow safe access for contractors and staff in the preparation of the works, and will be closed for approximately six months.

This will mean that during this time, guided tours, provided by our dedicated and hard-working team of volunteers will be suspended, along with all public activities involving the submarine. The WA Maritime Museum’s operations team, along with our volunteers, will be working to develop alternative tours and other relevant public opportunities during this time.


The Oberon class Submarine HMAS Ovens is an authentic Cold War-era vessel situated on Fremantle's historic World War Two submarine slipway.

This exhibit serves as a living memorial to submariners and those who gave their lives while serving from Fremantle during World War Two.

The inside of a submarine

Visit through virtual reality

Take a fascinating 360° virtual reality tour of submarine HMAS Ovens from the comfort of your own home.