Museums in Perth

Museums in Perth – they’re fascinating places to discover and explore! An indoor museum is also a brilliant place to visit on a very hot or rainy day. Whatever your child’s interest – motors, maritime, history, science or animals – they’re bound to find a place to capture their imagination in the Buggybuddys guide to museums in Perth:

Planes, Trains and Automobile Museums in Perth

There are many transport museums in Perth. Little rev-heads will love the WA Motoring Museum, home to Daniel Ricciardo’s F1 racing car, as well as a whole collection of historic vehicles from the last century. Find out more in the Buggybuddys review.

Motor Museum of Western Australia, Whiteman Park

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The WA Rail Transport Museum is a must visit for Thomas and Chuggington fans – with many beautifully restored steam trains and carriages to explore. Find out more in the Buggybuddys review.

Western Australian Rail Transport Museum, Bassendean

WA’s rich maritime history, from early European discovery, to our fishing industry, immigration and winning the America’s cup – is all found at the WA Maritime Museum – along with a submarine to explore! Find out more in the Buggybuddys review.

If you love tales of shipwreck and mystery, head to the nearby Shipwreck Galleries. The Fremantle Museum can be visited for a gold coin donation. Find out more in the Buggybuddys review.

Kids can pretend to be a pilot at the immense hangar at the Aviation Heritage Museum is full of planes and choppers. Find out more in the Buggybuddys review.

The Aviation Heritage Museum

And if you fascinated by the services, be sure to head to the free DFES Museum, found in the city’s old Fire Station. Little ones will love the big red fire engine! Find out more in the Buggybuddys review.

DFES Education and Heritage Centre

Science & Technology Museums in Perth

If your child loves to get hands on, learning about space or is a gamer, they’ll love a trip to a science museum! You can’t go past Scitech for the ultimate interactive museum experience. This WA institution has intrigued children for decades with its hand on exhibits. Find out more in the Buggybuddys review.

Toddlerfest, Scitech

Travel to the fringes of the metro area and visit the Gravity Discovery Centre in Gingin. Here kids can learn all about space and gravity, including conducting an experiment from the top of a 222 step tower! Find out more in the Buggybuddys review.

Gravity Discovery Centre

If biology is more your thing, the Museum of Natural History is a quirky place, where you’ll come face to face with many stuffed and preserved animals! Find out more in the Buggybuddys review.

Museum of Natural History Guildford


Kids that love gaming will be fascinated to see the evolution of games consoles at the Nostalgia Box museum and even try their hand at winning some old school computer games! Find out more in the Buggybuddys review.

The Nostalgia Box Perth



Discovering WA’s Past

The brand new WA Museum Boola Bardip means many stories in Whadjuk Nyoongar language and many stories you will find in this most impressive museum. The museum is about what it means to be a Western Australian. It invites you to discover our State’s rich cultural and natural heritage. The Museum is packed full of interactive hands-on exhibits which will delight children, and adults, of all ages. Find out more in the Buggybuddys review.

WA Museum Boola Bardip

Delve into our past with trips to historical buildings in Perth and Fremantle. One of the most fascinating (and creepy) places is Fremantle Prison. Kids will be in awe of how prisoners lived there and tried to make daring escapes! Find out more in the Buggybuddys review. 

Fremantle Prison

Fremantle’s first prison, the tiny Roundhouse, is also WA’s oldest building. Here children can learn about convicts and even spend some time in the stocks! Find out more in the Buggybuddys review. 

The Round House, Fremantle

At the Perth Mint, the whole family will find out about WA’s gold rush and how it built our great state. The tour takes in huge gold nuggets, the world’s largest coin and you can even watch a gold pour! Find out more in the Buggybuddys review.

The Perth Mint

Found next to Elizabeth Quay is Perth’s Bell Tower, built to mark the millennium and to house historic bells from London that were gifted to WA. Kids will be able to try at ringing the bells, and there’s a great view from the lookout deck. Find out more in the Buggybuddys review.

The Bell Tower Perth

Head to the hills to find out all about how water was transported to the goldfields. The No 1 Pump Station museum at Mundaring Weir is full of interesting facts on how the massive engineering feat was achieved by the legendary CY O’Connor. Find out more in the Buggybuddys review.

No1 Pump Station at Mundaring Weir


Local History Museums

Perth is home to brilliant local history museums – if you want to find out what life was like in your own area. The largest local history museum in WA is the Kalamunda History Village. Find out more in the Buggybuddys review.

Kalamunda History Village

Some other local history museums worth a look are:

Animals in Perth

There’s no bigger collection of exotic animals than at Perth Zoo! Here, learn about conservation, and animals from all around the world. Find out more in the Buggybuddys review.

Perth Zoo

Want to learn all about Aussie Animals? Head to Caversham Wildlife Park! WA’s biggest collection of native animals is home to over 2000 animals and birds. You can hand feed friendly kangaroos, pat a possum or watch a shearing demonstration in the outback show! Find out more in the Buggybuddys review.

Caversham Wildlife Park

Head underwater at AQWA – which hosts WA’s biggest collections of sea creatures – from sharks to turtles, stingrays, sea horses and even visiting mermaids! The Duyfken replica ship is also moored at AQWA in winter months. Find out more in the Buggybuddys review.


With so much choice, a trip to the museum needn’t be boring. There’s something in our list for kids of all ages and interest to enjoy.

Have we missed any of your favourite Museums in Perth? Let us know in the comments below!

About Amanda Carlin

Amanda Carlin has her own food and travel blog. Established in 2013, "The Chef, His Wife and Their Perth-fect Life" has enjoyed an exciting name change in 2021, as "The Chef's Ex-wife" embarks on new adventures with Simply PERTHfect. Amanda loves getting out and about in Perth and WA, as well as brunching, tapas or something a little fancy in equal measures. With her son "Little Chef" in tow, Amanda always has plenty of family friendly eating options to recommend too! Be sure to check out Simply PERTHfect.

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