Western Australian Museum - Shipwreck Galleries

The Western Australian Museum — Shipwreck Galleries is recognised as the foremost maritime archaeology museum in the southern hemisphere.

The Museum is housed in 1850s-era Commissariat building and has since been restored to its historic glory. Steeped in history, the galleries house hundreds of relics from ships wrecked along WA’s treacherous coastline, including the original timbers from the Batavia (wrecked in 1629), the de Vlamingh plate, and also countless artefacts from the Dutch shipwrecks Zuytdorp, Zeewijk and Vergulde Draeck.

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Diamonds to Dinosaurs

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Indian Ocean

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The people bordering the Indian Ocean have been linked by trade and the exchange of ideas for thousands of years. This gallery traces the paths of these maritime travelers, giving visitors a chance...


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