Museums and Galleries (Self Guided), Perth

Perth attracts lots of visitors because of its numerous museums and galleries, which showcase all aspects of Perth's present and past. Visiting this city's museums and exhibition areas, will bring you closer to its culture and historic heritage. Some of the most famous museums and galleries of Perth are listed below:
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Museums and Galleries Map

Guide Name: Museums and Galleries
Guide Location: Australia » Perth (See other walking tours in Perth)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 7
Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.1 Km or 1.9 Miles
Author: irenebo
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Gallery Central
  • Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts
  • Art Gallery of Western Australia
  • Western Australian Museum
  • Fire Safety Education Center and Museum
  • Francis Burt Law Museum
  • Museum of Performing Arts
Gallery Central

1) Gallery Central

Gallery Central is part of the Institute of Technology, formerly known as the Central TAFE Art Gallery. Designers, artists, craftsmen, and musicians are invited to use the premises for their exhibitions. The Gallery Central expositions change constantly.

Operation hours: Monday - Friday: 10 am - 4:45 pm.
Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts

2) Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts

Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts is a contemporary visual and performance arts venue housed in a heritage building at 53 James Street, Northbridge. The building, which dates from 1896, was for 40 years the Perth Boys' and Girls' School. The Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts building was designed in the Federation Free Classical style. The exterior features prominent decorative elements but, overall, displays a degree of restraint appropriate to a serious academic institution.

The physical evidence confirms that main boys' and girls' entries were given particular emphasis in their level of detailing, but that the building was clearly designed to be seen in the round. The external walls are constructed of face brick in stretcher bond, with a random stone plinth below ground floor level. On the northern side of the building the stone plinth is below the present street level. The decorative detailing is focused along the eaves and around the entry porches and window openings. The building has a corrugated iron, hipped roof with a raised section over the central gallery space. There are wide eaves with timber slats to all sides. The corrugated iron roof has been reclad and no chimneys or roof vents are visible, but the majority of the down pipes and rainwater heads appear to be original.

Operation hours: Tuesday to Sunday: 10 am - 5 pm.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Art Gallery of Western Australia

3) Art Gallery of Western Australia (must see)

The Art Gallery of Western Australia is a public gallery that is part of the Perth Cultural Centre. It is located near the Western Australian Museum and State Library of. The current gallery opened in 1979. The State's art collection consists of over 15,500 works of art, and the Art Gallery is visited by approximately 400,000 people annually.

The Art Gallery Administration Building is housed in the former Police Quarters, designed by architect Hillson Beasley, who also designed Government House. It was built during the economic boom created by the 1890s Kalgoorlie gold rush. The Administration Building moved into the Police Quarters in the 1970s during the nickel mining boom.

The Main Gallery Building was built in 1977, and was also spurred by the mining boom. Western Australia was also placing more importance on cultural institutions, and the government was inspired by the upcoming 150th anniversary of federation in 1979. The architect of the Main Gallery Building was K. Sierakowski from the Public Works Department, who worked with engineer Philip Nadebaum and architectural company, Summerhayes and Associates. It was designed in the Bauhaus method with a Brutalist exterior, which was popular in European design. The slab and shear head column system was an innovative architectural feature in WA at the time.

Operation hours: Wednesday to Monday: 10 am - 5 pm.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Western Australian Museum

4) Western Australian Museum (must see)

Editor's note: The museum is closed for renovation until 2020.

The Western Australian Museum is a statutory authority within the Culture and the Arts Portfolio, established under the Museum Act 1969. Established in 1891 in the old Perth goal, it was known as the Geological Museum and consisted of geological collections. In 1892 ethnological and biological were added, and in 1897 the museum officially became the Western Australian Museum and Art Gallery. During 1959 the botanical collection was transferred to the new Herbarium and the Museum and the Art Gallery became separate institutions.

The museum focused its collecting and research interests in the areas of natural sciences, anthropology, archaeology and in Western Australia's history. Over the 1960s and 1970s it also began to work in the then emerging areas of historic shipwrecks and Aboriginal site management. Throughout the Western Australian Museum's history the prominent James Street location has remained central to the Museum's identity and where many large permanent and touring exhibitions have been housed. Most recently the international blockbuster exhibition A Day in Pompei was displayed from 25 May - 12 September which attracted more than 110,000 people.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Fire Safety Education Center and Museum

5) Fire Safety Education Center and Museum

The Fire Safety Education Center and Museum, showcases all kinds of firefighting equipment that has been in use in for the past 150 plus years. The collection is complemented by active corps of firefighters. It is situated in the fire station which was established in 1901 and, in its time, was one of the most advanced in the country.
Francis Burt Law Museum

6) Francis Burt Law Museum

Francis Burt Law Museum is situated inside the Old Court House, one of the oldest buildings in the city. The items showcased here are related to the history and development of law in Western Australia. Some of them dated from 1616. The museum also functions as an educational and research facility.

Operation hours: Wednesday - Friday 10 am - 2:30 pm.
Museum of Performing Arts

7) Museum of Performing Arts

The Museum of Performing Arts is located downstairs, in His Majesty's Theater, and holds a collection of more than 25,000 items. It includes photos, posters, sound tapes and wonderful theatrical costumes, taken from the backstage storage area. All of them show the history of theatrical entertainment. The exhibitions are constantly changing so there's always something new to see.

Operation hours: Monday - Friday 10 am - 4 pm.

Walking Tours in Perth, Australia

Create Your Own Walk in Perth

Create Your Own Walk in Perth

Creating your own self-guided walk in Perth is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Perth Shopping Tour

Perth Shopping Tour

This capital of Western Australia bewitches its visitors because of the many shopping areas. Shopaholics call this city shopping heaven. Perth is full of boutiques featuring well-known. We offer you a walking tour through some of the most interesting specialty shops and famous shopping streets in Perth:

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.3 Km or 0.8 Miles
Perth Cultural Venues

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Perth is the historic and cultural center of Western Australia, and has plenty of places to showcase it. This tour will lead you through the sites, both ancient and modern, where culture is presented. If you want to see, touch and feel it during a walking tour of Perth - consider the following list of cultural attractions:

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.8 Km or 3 Miles
Perth Introduction Walking Tour

Perth Introduction Walking Tour

Perth is the capital of, and the main city in, Western Australia. The best way to get to know it better is by learning more about the city's landmarks, which make it special and distinguish if from other cities. Take this tour to discover the most popular landmarks in Perth:

Tour Duration: 3 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.1 Km or 2.5 Miles
East Perth Walking Tour

East Perth Walking Tour

Perth is the main city of Western Australia and it's one of the top tourist destinations in the country. For its diversity of sights, they say that the city represents Australia in miniature. We offer you a walking tour of the East district of Perth. You'll enjoy visiting the following tourist attractions:

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.8 Km or 2.4 Miles
Top Religious Buildings

Top Religious Buildings

Perth is an important historic center of Western Australia, and history is often closely associated with religion. That's why the city is full of churches which represent many religions. Don't miss a chance to visit some of the most important places of worship in Perth:

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.5 Km or 2.2 Miles