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Army Museum of Western Australia
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Owner description: 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.
Reviewed May 27, 2014

Not far out of Fremantle itself, it is not a large museum considering the wars it covers but it is cheap enough to get in with some interesting exhibits, having said that they could do with some serious donations. The paper mache life size figures leave a lot to be desired, they really do look quite ill !! The volunteers are very knowledgeable and friendly. They have quite a fleet of military vehicles children would love to see.

4  Thank Sandra H
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"military history"
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"boer war"
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"peace keeping"
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"parade ground"
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"well laid out"
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"younger ones"
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"excellent displays"
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"on display"
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"guided tour"
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"couple of hours"
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"per adult"
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"entry fee"
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"western australia"
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"great place to visit"
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"few hours"
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"worth a visit"
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Reviewed March 29, 2014

Some small time military museums can be somewhat dire. However this one was a surprise. Out on the quadrangle are a slew of military vehicles and artillery pieces and they alone are enough to reel in the military history buff. But beyond that is the bulk of the collection which is gallery upon gallery of displays of Australias military history. The collection starts at the beginning so to speak and then travels all the way through the world wars, Korea, Vietnam and the various peace keeping missions Australian units have taken part in since then.

This place is definitely worth a couple of hours if you are into such things, or combine it with your trip to the Maritime Museum to check out the Oberon class submarine there to further the military theme of your day.

Warmly recommended.

1  Thank Paul L
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Reviewed March 29, 2014

What a great way to spend 2 hours on any afternoon, The staff are friendly and very well informed, Its not on the same scale as the Canberra war museum but there is plenty to see right from the moment you enter the Parade area which boasts an array of military vehicles.
There is a small gift shop and wheel chair access is available, the museum covers many wars, The Boar war, The first world war, the second world war, the Korean war, you can wonder at your own pace or the Volunteers on duty will give you a personalized guided tour. Entry fee is $10 per Adult or $20 for a family of 4, and discount with a concession card. Great place to visit, Don't miss it.

3  Thank Mike E
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Reviewed November 26, 2013

This museum is a credit to the volunteers and staff who a preserving WA's links to our military past (and also the present), in a very thoughtful and informative way. My one tip would be to allow plenty of time for your visit as there is such a lot to see. You will be escorted by a friendly tour guide, who is well versed on Army history and who will point out relevant items/displays that may be of interest to you as you visit different sections of the museum. You can bring your car and park on the parade ground for free or catch public transport (train and buses) and get off at the stop closest to Burt St. This museum is a hidden gem. Thank you to all concerned.

3  Thank jenanpat
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Reviewed November 21, 2013

The Army Museum of WA is situated in the former Artillery Barracks in the port city of Fremantle. It is a beautiful and atmospheric building, open from Wednesday to Sunday and is manned by knowledgeable and enthusiastic volunteers. On opening days there are major pieces of equipment on display on the old parade ground where there is also ample free off-street parking. This is not a huge museum and the galleries are beautifully presented so it is easy to get around.

Thank Dawn L
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