Western Australian Museum
The Western Australian Museum's city site is the major cultural storehouse of the region. View 3 1/2billion year old micro-fossils representing the earliest evidence of life on Earth - found in the Pilbara.
The Museum also introduces you to Aboriginal Culture and Western Australia' birds, butterflies, mammals and meteorites. It also covers the arrival of the Europeans and their effect on the society and culture of the state.
The museum also hosts a series of exhibitions in addition to the permanent displays.
Open: Sunday-Friday 10.30am-5pm, Saturday 1pm-5pm, public holidays 10.30am-5pm
Closed: Christmas Day and Good Friday
Location: Perth Cultural Centre, James Street and Francis Street
Entrance Fee: Donation
Tel: (08) 9427 2700
The Perth Mint
The Perth mint is Australia's oldest operating mint and its specialist precious metals mint. IT opened in June 1899, as a branch of the British Royal Mint, to refine gold produced in Western Australia's eastern Goldmines. Control of the mint transferred to the State government in 1970.
You can see hourly gold pours in the original Melting house and handle a $200,000 , 400 ounce gold bar.
Open: Monday - Friday 9am-4pm, Saturday and Sunday 9am-1pm
Location: 310 Hay St, East Perth (no 9. stand on the Red Cat bus).
Tel: (08) 9421 7223
The Constitutional Centre of Western Australia
The centre is located in a beautiful heritage building in West Perth, surrounded by leafy trees and playing fields. It provides a venue for exploring Western Australia's political history through exhibitions and special projects.
Open: Tuesday-Saturday 9.30am-4.30pm, Sunday and Monday 12.30pm-4.30pm
Location: Parliament Place, West Perth (Red Cat Bus to Ord Street)
Tel: (08) 9222 6922
SciTech Discovery Centre
Apparently you can fly on a magic carpet, freeze your own shadow, see your image being reflected a hundred times, beam yourself to Planet Zybotrox and play a mystical laser harp. Has won tourism awards in 1994, 1996 and 1997.
Open: Daily 10am-5pm
Closed: Christmas Day
Location: 1st Floor City West, Railway Parade, West Perth
Tel: (08) 9481 5789
Western Australian Maritime Museum
This museum tells the story of Europeans first contact with Australia. Among the treasures are objects from Australia's oldest shipwreck, the Trial, and the reconstructed stern section of the Dutch ship Batavia, wrecked in 1629.
Open: Monday-Sunday 10.30am-5pm, Anzac Day and Boxing Day 1pm-5pm
Closed: Christmas Day and Good Friday Location: Cliff Street, Fremantle
Tel: (08) 9431 8444
Fremantle History Museum
The former asylum building on Ord Street is one of Fremantle's most important landmarks. A onetime American Military base, the building is now home to the Fremantle History Museum.
Exhibitions include histories of Fremantle, the Mills and Ware Cake and Biscuit factory, and post war immigration to Australia.
Open: Sunday-Friday 10.30am-4.30pm Saturday 1-5pm
Closed: Saturday mornings
Location: corner of Ord and Finnery Streets
Tel: (08) 9430 7966
Art Gallery of Western Australia
The States Art collection includes one of the finest collections of Aboriginal Art in Australia. There are tours available on 1pm Tuesday, Wednesday and Sunday. Entry is free to the main gallery, however exhibitions usually cost. Discounts are available for students (and probably if you just make yourself look really impoverished).
Open: 10am-5pm daily
Located: just near the train station on James St
Craftwest - Centre for Contemporary Craft
Represents Western Australia's highest quality contemporary craft. It showcases work by leading Western Australian, national and international practitioners.
Open: Monday-Saturday 10am-5pm, Sunday noon-5pm
Closed: Public holidays
Location: Kings Street Arts Centre, 357-365 Murray Street (2 minutes walk from centre of Perth)
Tel: (08) 9226 2799
The Delaney Gallery was opened in 1978 by Allan Delaney. It Exhibits leading Australian Artists , but also supports emerging artists, particularly those working with innovative media.
Open: Monday-Friday 10am-5pm, Saturday 2pm-5pm
Closed: Public holidays, Sundays
Location: 74 Beaufort Street, Perth (4 minutes walk from Perth Train Station)
Tel: (08) 9227 8996
Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts (PICA)
An exciting visual, performing, and media art centre, where visitors can experience the work of local, Australian, and international contemporary artists and companies. It has ongoing seasons in contemporary dance, theatre etc.
Open: Administration - Monday-Friday 11am-6pm Gallery Tuesday-Sunday 11am-8pm
Location: 51 James Street Perth Cultural Centre (2 minutes walk from Perth train station)
Tel: (08) 9226 2799
Established for more than 25 years. Showcasing an array of local interstate and overseas artists. Committed to showing a stronger contingent of Western Australian artists, both established and up-and-coming. Exhibitions are changed monthly
Open: Monday-Friday 10am-5pm, Sunday 2pm-5pm
Location: 37 Kings Street, Perth (4 minutes walk from the GPO)
Tel: (08) 9321 2369
Fremantle Arts Centre
A magnificent Neo-Gothic Style building constructed in 1860 (originally as a looney asylum) The Art Centres diverse programme includes exhibitions, creative arts courses and free Sunday concerts in Summer.
The Moore's Building The Moore's building is a contemporary gallery in the west end of Fremantle. Art School Graduates display their work here and Art Awards and prizes are displayed in the Gallery. The building itself was constructed in the 1860s
Location: 46 Henry Street, Fremantle (close to the Station)
Tel: (08) 9335 3886
Gallery East displays contemporary and traditional art of Asian countries. The Gallery carries a range of Japanese print from the 18th Century to the present, as well as monthly exhibitions focusing on Chinese, Indian, Japanese and South-East Asian cultures.
Location: 94 Stirling Highway, North Fremantle
Tel: (08) 9336 6231