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The Shipwreck Galleries

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Address: Cliff Street | Fremantle, Fremantle, Western Australia 6160, Australia
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See the wreck of the Batavia!

Before Captain Cook, before 1788, the Dutch were navigating the coast of Western Australia, on their way to the Dutch East Indies. Occasionally one of their ships bumped into the... read more

Reviewed June 8, 2016
Perth, Australia
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Perth, Australia
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Reviewed June 8, 2016

Before Captain Cook, before 1788, the Dutch were navigating the coast of Western Australia, on their way to the Dutch East Indies. Occasionally one of their ships bumped into the coast, instead of turning hard left at the right moment. One such vessel was the Dutch East India Company's Batavia, with treasure aboard, which was wrecked on Morning Reef in... More 

Thank travellerA2622QA
Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed June 8, 2016 via mobile

Very nice gallery with some interesting artefacts. Take time out and read through the history as you're imagination takes you back in time

Thank Blake H
Shepparton, Australia
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Reviewed June 7, 2016

For a donation it was excellent Volunteers were knowledgeable and willing to share it with you Plenty of interaction for kids The research and presentations were excellent

Thank Joel4749
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Reviewed June 5, 2016 via mobile

Found this museum fascinating and was surprised that entry was by donation. It has artefacts from shipwrecks along the WA coast and has part of the original timbers from the Batavia which was wrecked in 1629 Definitely worth while dropping in and having a look at

Thank MarsinMandurah
Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed June 5, 2016

This is one of the best displays I have seen in an Australian museum. Without any particular interest in the early voyages to our coast, my partner and I spent two hours engrossed in the Batavia gallery, which portrays all the courage and despair of this early history. The rebuilt section of the hull and all the items found in... More 

Thank Greg M
Turku, Finland
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Reviewed May 25, 2016

Very interesting museum for those who wants to know more about lost ships and maritime archaeology of Western-Australia. Good book sop in the main lobby.

Thank Traveller_mj12
Cairns, Australia
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Reviewed May 23, 2016 via mobile

We checked this place out on a rainy day. ....donation system for entry fee so its up to you if and what you pay but all money does go towards keeping it open.... the displays and knowledge on show were amazing and extremely interesting ...it even answered a question about my late grandmother's family origins in Batavia. .. thanks ;... More 

Thank vfish15
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Reviewed May 21, 2016 via mobile

Loads of interesting shipwreck stories. Great for new comers to town to learn about the coast and its stories. The remade shupwreck is the amazing part to view. Great for all ages.

Thank Huia M
Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed May 21, 2016

This is an excellent museum, free to enter though it is made clear cash donations are welcomed. While it is quite small, much is packed into its five or six rooms. The highlight as far as we were concerned was the gallery dedicated to the 'Batavia'. The gallery relates the story of the ship's 1628 voyage from Holland, its disastrous... More 

Thank JElliot32
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Reviewed May 20, 2016

Shows the history of shipwrecks around our coast. Many preserved pieces of history, including displays of coins, pottery, crockery, maritime instrument, bricks, boats and many other things. Amazed at the bravery of our early explorers and traders.

Thank Iggy M

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