Museum Broadway, Nedlands, WA, 6009
Telephone: 08 9386 3841
Museum Enquiry Form
Open hours:  10.00am – 4pm Monday-Friday
(except public holidays)

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.

Items in the collection come primarily from individual donors. Their generosity is valued highly, and there is always willingness to consider new donations that meet the Museum’s collection policy. The primary requirement is that the items have an association with Western Australia but there are also other considerations. Every item needs care and conditions to national standards. If you are thinking of donating an item to our collection, please do not bring it to the Society without consulting the Guide to Offering Items to the Western Australian Historical Society Museum page on this website. This explains how to proceed.

The Museum’s collection is presented through a series of planned exhibitions that tell the story of this State. There are also temporary exhibitions at the Society, externally and online. For more information visit the Exhibitions page. The Museum welcomes visits by individuals and also school and community groups. Group visits need to be pre-arranged by contacting the Society.

The collection can be explored at Research Western Australian History.


Current exhibition: "Western Land: a journey through our collection"

Explore the personal stories told by our collection - tales of colonial Perth, the convict era, the lure of pearls, exploration and the growth of the goldfields.  Some items are on public view for the first time.

Search collections

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

For Museum research and other collection enquiries please email Museum Enquiry Form

Images from the Museum Collection may be obtained by writing to  Other images in the 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.

Education and Outreach Programs

Museum school resources

The Society has two "History in a Suitcase" kits available for loan to primary schools.  The "History in a Suitcase Program" offers a hands-on approach to learning about Western Australia's history and supports the HASS Curriculum.  Teacher's notes are provided  to support students' learning experiences.

A member of the RWAHS can visit schools to assist with activities and discussions by request.

Years 1-3 Suitcase

Years 4-6 Suitcase

Loan period: two weeks.

Memory Box Program

Memory boxes have been designed for senior citizens and include familiar items from the last 90 years.  Each item in the memory box has been chosen to spark conversation and reminiscences.

Memory boxes can be borrowed by retirement or care homes and other senior's groups.  Notes are available to  provide guidance in promoting discussion.

Loan period:  Two weeks

For further information please contact

Memory Box 1 [image to come]

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. 9386 3841

Collection Donations

Thank you for your interest in donating to the Society's Museum Collection.

The Museum collects objects that relate to significant events, people and places in understanding and interpreting Western Australian history and culture.

We also need to know about an object's provenance - who made or used the object and who has owned it over the years.  Other considerations include the rarity and physical condition of the object.  If you are considering donation please read the Guide to Offering Items to the Western Australian Historical Society Museum.

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

If you are interested in donating to our collection, please complete and submit the Donation Form.  Please provide as much information as possible and a photograph.  Scan and email your completed form to or print and mail it to the Royal Western Australian Historical Society, 49 Broadway, Nedlands, WA, 6009.

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

Please do not bring any items into the Museum without prior notification.


The Museum welcomes  volunteers.  If you are interested in volunteering at the Museum please refer to