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Army Museum of Western Australia

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Address: Artillery Barracks, Burt Street | Fremantle, Fremantle, Western Australia 6160, Australia
Phone Number: +61 8 9430 2535
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The Army Museum of Western Australia is a regional museum which showcases...

The Army Museum of Western Australia is a regional museum which showcases Western Australia's role in the various conflicts in which Australia has participated. Saying that it also brings to the front Australia's role in the many conflicts that have seen an involvement by Australian armed forces.

The Museum occupies the whole of the 1912 Artillery Barracks site, which in itself is a significant historical building and is heritage listed. There are many Galleries situated on the ground floor and upper floor in addition to other displays in out buildings and the front parade ground show cases a large number of Army vehicles from many periods.

Some of the Galleries cover Pre 1914, WW1, WW1 Middle East, POW, WW2 Middle East Greece and Africa, WW2 Pacific War, Post WW2 conflicts. There are more!

Visits for the public are conducted at 10:30am and 1:00pm each day, from Wednesday through to Sunday. Visits take approximately two hours and are escorted. All adult visitors to the museum must have the appropriate photo ID.

The Museum is run in the main by Curatorial and Guide Volunteers. Well worth a look, you will be surprised at the content and layout of the displays. Western Australia, being so isolated has a reputation for building excellent Museums as the population are a bit restricted in being able to visit the Eastern States facilities.

One thing that comes through from visitors comments to this page and the actual Museum visitors is to allow a good two hours for your visit, that is the minimum to cover the full displays.

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I thoroughly enjoyed my visit here. It's a guided tour and was very interesting. There's a lot to see.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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37 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I thoroughly enjoyed my visit here. It's a guided tour and was very interesting. There's a lot to see.

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Thank Sandyjo16
David A, Tour Guide & Social Media Admin at Army Museum of Western Australia, responded to this review

Thank you Sandy for the “Excellent” review. The crew are on duty because they wish to be and really enjoy an audience. It gives them an opportunity to share their knowledge and research. Your positive feedback is welcomed and appreciated. More 

Perth, Western Australia, Australia
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11 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This Museum has a great display of medals and of Western Australian soldiers and units involvement from the Boer War to Afghanistan, also the Home Front.

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David A, Tour Guide & Social Media Admin at Army Museum of Western Australia, responded to this review

Thank you David for your Excellent rating and for taking the time to lodge a review of the Museum. It reflects the quality of the Museum, items on display and that we are on the right track. Although I have been with the Museum for about 4 years, as I travel around the Galleries I am always surprised with new... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Fremantle has a gem of a museum here. I could have spent hours and hours wandering around taking in the masses of information presented to the visitor. But,and it is with a heavy heart that I criticise, we were rushed around in an hour. We weren't allowed to tour on our own and our guide, friendly and polite as he... More 

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David A, Tour Guide & Social Media Admin at Army Museum of Western Australia, responded to this review

Thank you Richard for your review. Regrettably you appear disappointed with the visit. This could be for a myriad of reasons of which I am not aware. Yes, the Museum is a “Gem” of which the AMWA Volunteers are extremely proud in the manner that it displays Australia’s Military history. Most of the Volunteers are part of that history in... More 

Lanjaron, Spain
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17 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Check opening times. Outside are many big guns, canons and a tank. Inside is a military history from WW1 up to today focused mainly on the life of the infantry. Clear maps show the progress (or otherwise) of various campaigns. Join a tour to get the best from the excellent displays many of which are very moving and one is... More 

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David A, Tour Guide & Social Media Admin at Army Museum of Western Australia, responded to this review

Thank you Margaret for your support and Review. We’ll try and make sure that Mitchell receives an extra piece of fruit cake. Yes, the opening hours are always an issue and they are that entry can only be gained between the hours of 1030 – 1100 hours and 1300-1330 hours. Wednesday to Sunday with a 3pm closing time. All due... More 

Tweed Heads, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2015

Not open everyday but if you want to walk through what happened to our soldiers during the wars it is a good history lesson. Our guide was an ex Vietnam vet and he had lots to tell us. There are lots of exhibits and actual photos and it will take you a long time to get through it all. Lots... More 

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David A, Tour Guide & Social Media Admin at Army Museum of Western Australia, responded to this review

Thank you Colleen for the review and outlining what is on offer at our Museum. Everyone does work hard at presenting it at its best. It gives you a good reason to come back to WA to have a look at all that was missed. Each time I go through the Galleries I find a lot of material that has... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2015

Only available twice per day, Wednesday to Sunday. Check website for opening times. Guided tour given by some wonderful military veterans, who are equal in interest to ( if not more than) the exhibits. Not really suitable for kids, but well worth a visit nevertheless.

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David A, Public Relations Manager at Army Museum of Western Australia, responded to this review

Thank you Lindsay for the great support and once again the acknowledgement of our Volunteers- Yes we let them out of the display cabinets to participate with the visits. It makes the movie "Night at the Museum" a reality. We do have a large number of children attending the Museum both with Parents and Schools. It just depends, like all... More 

Perth, Australia
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296 reviews
112 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2015

Interesting two hour tour - enthusiastic volunteer guides. The museum is set up from settlement to all theatres that colonial and Australian troops have served. Peacekeeping missions are also represented. There are displays of personal equipment, artillery, tanks and dioramas of various conflicts. This is easy paced and there is a lift for those unable to climb stairs from ground... More 

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David A, Public Relations Manager at Army Museum of Western Australia, responded to this review

Thank you for the great rating and sharing details of your visit. The crew will appreciate your positive comments. More 

Canberra, Australia
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151 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 107 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

I have seen many military museums and this is one of the best.. A small museum with attention to fine detail. There is a strong emphasis on soldiers in period correct uniforms being presented in real time situations. The presentation of battle field operation theatre and POW 'living conditions' is stark. The tours are all guided and last about 90... More 

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1 Thank Mal E
David A, Public Relations Manager at Army Museum of Western Australia, responded to this review

Thank you Mal for your Excellent rating. We are very pleased that you enjoyed your visit. Yes, some of the displays are very confronting particularly the POW Gallery you mentioned. The displays were recreated, years ago, by some of our older Volunteers who drew on their personal experiences as prisoners in the Pacific War to manufacture and set up the... More 

Perth, Western Australia, Australia
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14 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

A small military museum great for families and those with an interest in local military history. Lots to see and learn.

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David A, Public Relations Manager at Army Museum of Western Australia, responded to this review

Thank you John and Sandie for the excellent rating, the volunteers do work at it! Yes the whole Museum is run by volunteer Administration, Curatorial and Gallery staff . If you visited last August then you will have to make another trip as on Anzac Day 2015 we opened another large Gallery – pre 1914 Gallery- lots of red uniforms... More 

Rockingham, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015

Had an awesome time. 3 of us took a tour and the guide was very knowledgeable. The facilities are well laid out and in chronological order from the first days of settlement. Particularly enjoyed the West Australian references. The security guard had some great stories about his time in Singapore, loved it. Well worth the nearly 3hrs we spent there.

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David A, Public Relations Manager at Army Museum of Western Australia, responded to this review

Great review Paul, you just about covered it all. In 3 hours you would have seen a lot of the Galleries and must have been all “Militaryised” out but it was good quality time with your Father in Law. The Museum is really a Regional Museum and does focus on Western Australian contributions to the various war theatres. We have... More 

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