WA Shipwrecks Museum

Dive into the fascinating history of Australia’s oldest shipwrecks.


The WA Shipwrecks Museum is internationally recognised for its contributions to maritime archaeology and shipwreck conservation.

Journey through its galleries to learn about Western Australia’s treacherous coast, first European encounters, the riches of maritime trade and one of the deadliest mutinies in known history.

Located on Whadjuk Nyoongar land, the Museum is housed inside Fremantle’s historic Commissariat buildings. Originally built to store the food, clothing and building supplies of the Swan River colony, these buildings are among the first Western Australian sites built using convict labour.

With the creation of the Commonwealth Historic Shipwrecks Act 1976, the Western Australian Museum became the delegated authority for management of Commonwealth historic shipwrecks and relics in Western Australia.

As a result, the State Government funded the conversion of the heritage Commissariat Buildings into what is now known as the WA Shipwrecks Museum. It opened to the public in 1979.

Open Daily

9.30am – 5pm

ANZAC DAY 1.00pm – 5.00pm

Closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year's Day and Good Friday


Free Entry. Suggested donation $5

Contact us

1300 134 081


Cliff Street, Fremantle, WA, 6160

Parking for WA Shipwrecks Museum is busier than usual over the school holiday period. Please allow for extra time and/or consider alternative transport options.

A close up view of the interested faces of a tour group in the WA Shipwrecks Museum. An overlaid logo states '2023 Travellers' Choice, Tripadvisor'.

Top 10% of attractions worldwide!

Reviews from millions of Tripadvisor travellers have placed the WA Shipwrecks Museum in the top 10% of attractions worldwide in the 2023 Tripadvisor Travellers' Choice!

Our heartfelt thanks go to our visitor services officers and volunteers who continue to deliver amazing customer service every day and to our wonderful visitors and supporters for helping make this happen.

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Special exhibitions & events


Tour available on request

Join us on a special tour where storytelling with objects encourages conversations and evokes memories.

Tour available on request

A chance for visitors who are blind or vision impaired to touch and examine specially selected objects from the Museum's collections.

Daily | 10.30am & 2.30pm

Make the most of your visit to the WA Shipwrecks Museum with a free tour of our galleries.

Saturday 23 September – Sunday 8 October | 10am – 2pm

Take a holiday adventure to the Spice Islands!

Tour available on request

Explore the nature and impact of interactions between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people from the time of Dutch exploration through to the 1800s.

Tour available on request

Take a first-hand look at the fascinating historical features of Western Australia’s first convict-built public building in this guided tour.