Western Australian Museum – Perth
Art Gallery of Western Australia
Founded in 1895, this excellent gallery houses the state's pre-eminent art collection. It contains important post-WWII works by...
Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts
Commonly referred to by its acronym, PICA (pee-kah) may have a traditional wrapping (it's housed in an elegant 1896 red-brick former...
State Library of Western Australia
The State Library of Western Australia has a great reference section on all things WA.
A large, rambling complex consisting of an old corner pub and a big, partly covered courtyard with a clubby atmosphere. Wednesday is ...
Gourmet burgers with the option of takeout to the bar upstairs, Mechanics Institute .
Lonely Planet review
The state's museum is a six-headed beast, with branches also in Fremantle, Albany, Geraldton and Kalgoorlie. This one includes dinosaur, mammal, butterfly and bird galleries, a children's discovery centre , and an excellent WA Land and People display covering indigenous and colonial history.
In the courtyard, set in its own preservative bath, is Megamouth, a curious-looking species of shark with a soft, rounded head. Only about five of these benign creatures have ever been found; this one beached itself near Mandurah, south of Perth.
The museum complex includes Perth's original gaol, built in 1856 and used until 1888 – the site of many hangings.