Mt Barker Police and Folk Museum

The beautiful gardens at this local museum make for an ideal place to stop and smell the roses (there are lots of them!) while absorbing some fascinating history. Convicts built the original Police Station in 1868 and a second police station and court room were built about fifty years later. Within these buildings, and the numerous other buildings on the site, is a treasure trove of local history. The stories of those who lived here and in the district are shared by the volunteer tour guide from the Plantagenet Historical Society who will take you through this expansive collection.


31748 Albany Highway
Mount Barker WA 6324

Opening Hours

Due to low volunteer numbers we are currently unable to open for public holidays.

Sat & Sun 10am - 2pm or by appointment for groups.

For a policeman posted to the small one person police station in Mount Barker, his “beat”, on horseback, covered hundreds of miles. He was required to visit every farm once a month and to check the...

Which one will I wear today? Set on a green velvet case, this collection of mother of pearl brooches would have sat within a dressing table drawer, ready for one to be selected and pinned to the...

Imagine sitting in this chair on the front verandah of the farmhouse, gently swinging as you watch the sun go down after a day of hard sheep work. Made from metal, leather and wood, this swinging...

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