Our Collection

From small beginnings in 1926, the Society’s Museum collection has grown to comprise thousands of items that tell stories of life in Western Australia and help to preserve and present our heritage.

The collection includes artworks, costume and accessories, textiles, domestic and work items, dolls and other toys, furniture, and a variety of ephemera that provide an insight into the social history of Western Australia.  Many items are of national significance.

Search collections

Browse the Museum and our other Collections  at Collections: Research Western Australian History.


For Museum research and other collection enquiries please complete the Museum Enquiry Form or Ph. +61 8 9386 3841

Images from the collection

Images from the Museum Collection can be ordered online direct from collection record items.  Due to copyright restrictions some may not be readily available.  Please supply your name, postal address, email, phone contact number and the title and Museum Accession No. of the image and refer to Conditions of Use -Photograph Images.

Collection Donations

Items in the collection come primarily from individual donors. If you are thinking of donating an item to our collection, first read the  “Guide to Offering Items to the Western Australian Historical Society Museum  This explains how to proceed. If, after reading the Guide, you are interested in donating to our collection, please complete and submit the Donation Form.  The recording of the provenance is very important.

The Museum does not purchase items or accept items on permanent or long-term loan.

We will contact you if we need to see an object while it is being considered for acceptance.


The Museum’s collection is presented through a series of long term displays that tell the story of this State. There are also temporary exhibitions at the Society, externally and collection stories online. For more information visit the Exhibitions page [add link].

Group visits

The Museum welcomes pre-arranged visits from schools, tertiary institutions, nursing homes and community groups.  We provide tours, talks, and hands on activities with museum artefacts.  Light refreshments can also be arranged.  Please contact us to discuss your needs.

For bookings and further information please contact or Ph. +61 9386 3841