Esperance Museum

The largest museum collection outside Perth

You will need more than one visit to take in this impressive collection. The museum is a short stroll from the foreshore, in a historic railway building. Get lost in the large collection of items, from intimate curios to the large railway carriages. A steam locomotive sits on the original railway tracks which used to go through the building. Marvel at the minute and unusual in the natural history collection, including a bull ant collection and mulga balls from sheep. A museum by the ocean would not be complete without a maritime collection, starting with a large boat just inside the entrance. The museum is maintained by an army of volunteers. If you look carefully in the natural history section, you will see a dedication to these tireless workers.


6 James Street
Esperance WA 6450

Opening Hours

Thurs to Sun 1:30pm - 4:30pm. Entry fees apply.


Many collections begin as collections of rare, intriguing or unusual objects. Maude McGinn (nee Daw) grew up in Esperance, and in the 1920s she travelled the world and collected souvenirs. The Maude...

A gift from NASA

This scale model of Skylab, a United States space station, was gifted to the Esperance Museum in appreciation for assistance given to NASA. Skylab was launched into space on 13 May 1973 and re-entered...

Bull ants

Get lost in the wonderment of the Esperance Museum's extensive natural history collection and look out for one extremely unusual item preserved in a jar. In particular, investigate the extensive bull...

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