Quality Suites Crest Mandurah
1 The Palladio
Mandurah, WA 6210
Phone: (61) 08 95835710
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Arts & Museums
Located near Council House and a pretty parkland with a lake, the Armadale History House Museum offers a pleasant spot for an outing. Armadale History House is part of the Minnawarra Historic precinct. The museum contains pioneer exhibits, Aboriginal history displays as well as geological finds from the area. The attendants are helpful, friendly and well informed. History House staff are more than happy to assist with directions, so call beforehand.
Owned and operated by Western Australian Museum in Perth, the Shipwreck Galleries is one of its kind maritime museum. The place is a treasure trove of relics from different ship wrecks, which gives you a lot of information on the ships through different decades along with their building process. Also worth exploring is the building in which the museum is located, for it is a structure from the year 1850 which has been restored to its former glory with the process of restoration. If you are exploring the city and are interested in maritime activities, Shipwreck Galleries is a must visit for you.
Visitors only need to wander around or read the guest book to know this place is extraordinary. To truly experience the wonders on offer at Millenium, spend time with one of the sales assistants who will explain the origins and history of every piece. Even the ceiling has a history, while the dining suite in the main room is handcrafted with each chair featuring a different back. This emporium houses medieval swords, axes, furniture, ornaments, candelabras, helmets, paintings, tableware and Japanese swords. Call ahead for more details.
Japingka Gallery specializes in paintings, limited edition prints and exhibitions of the works of major and promising artists. Regular exhibitions adorn the walls of this two-story gallery with an array of eclectic pieces. The Sand, Spinifex and Salt was the largest exhibition ever mounted by Japingka. It featured the artwork of six renowned artists, including Walala Tjapaltjarra who wandered out of the desert in 1984 with eight other family members.
Visit the Staircase Gallery in the west-end of Fremantle, an area renowned for Edwardian architecture. The gallery boasts a reputation as a premier gallery for fine art and fine woodcraft. A magnificent sculptural staircase created by the Battersea Studio leads to the second floor. The staircase, crafted from recycled materials and large Sheoaks, features steps made from the boilerplate of the old whaling station at Carnarvon (a town north of Perth). The gallery specializes in exquisitely carved Jarrah, a durable hardwood unique to Western Australia.
Construction began in 1851 on what is now the Maritime Museum. Originally an old commissariat store, the museum was opened by Sir Charles Court in 1979 on the state's 150th anniversary. Inside, the vestiges of shipwrecks, coins, pieces of china and wood can be found along with other items such as the bell from an unknown ship, the anchor from Matthew Flinders ship and the SS Xantho's connecting rod. Do not miss the models of the infamous sailing vessels - Endeavour and Duyfken. Merchandise includes books, key rings, models, tapes, maps and postcards.
Michael Samson was once a mayor of Fremantle. A home built for him sits on an acre of superb grounds featuring heritage rose gardens. Completed in 1900, the house is a magnificent example of colonial Victorian design. The home contains a number of the original Samson family antiques and the exterior boasts stables and other outbuildings.
In this imposing limestone building of the Fremantle Arts Centre, visitors will find contemporary art exhibitions, Fremantle's local history museum, superb crafts, a tempting retail gallery, shaded lawns and a sunny courtyard cafe. Originally built as a lunatic asylum in the 1860s, it is now listed by the National Trust. The center hosts popular Sunday afternoon concerts, art courses and festival performances in its spacious grounds. The cafe offers indoor seating with warm fires in winter and a delightful garden courtyard.
The Army Museum of Western Australia is Western Australia's oldest military establishment. It consists of a series of galleries that encompass the entire colonial and post-federation periods through to the end of World War II. Many significant military heritage items are on display including a substantial collection of tanks and other armored vehicles, as well as uniforms, medals, weaponry and photographs. A secondhand bookshop is located on the premises and afternoon tea is served on the rear patio.
The Air Force Aviation Museum exhibits Australia's aviation history from the two world wars to early commercial aircraft's. Apart from actual planes, visitors can see models, posters, pictures, old radios, old plane engines and other paraphernalia. The museum organizes events for a number of groups including the Royal Australian Air Force Association (RAAFA) and Aviation Museum Youth Club. The museum shop sells everything from badges to model aircraft and books.
Gallery East exhibits a range of traditional and contemporary Asian and Western art in a number of mediums. This one-of-a-kind gallery presents unique pieces by prominent as well as lesser-known artists. The gallery space relies on a minimal design concept that proves particularly effective as a viewing space. A courtyard area, attached to the gallery space, contributes nicely to the creative ambiance. Prices for art pieces vary from exhibit to exhibit.
Claremont Museum is set in a shady riverside park with picnic and playground facilities. Built in 1862, the museum explores the history of Perth's oldest suburb. The museum recaptures aspects of Claremont life such as the barber and shoemaker shops, the lovingly restored kitchen and wash house. Many informative displays retell the history of the suburb and finely crafted miniature scenes conjure up the early days of the convicts and Pensioner Guards. Call ahead for more details.