TELLING STORIES SINCE 1975

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A Town of Claremont Community Facility

Welcome to the Town of Claremont Freshwater Bay Museum

The historic Freshwater Bay School is home to the Freshwater Bay Museum. Originally constructed in 1862 the building functioned as the first school between Perth and Fremantle.  Throughout its history the building has also been a place of religious worship, a boarding house for young men, a police station and police quarters. The Town of Claremont opened the building as Claremont Museum in 1975 after it had been relinquished by the Police Department, making it the first metropolitan council-owned museum. The Museum collects, preserves, interprets and exhibits the cultural heritage of Claremont and the area of Freshwater Bay.

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  • Children under the pergola in the Osborne Hotel gardens (1898)
  • Children in Tree House at Crawford House, 37 Victoria Ave, Claremont (1914)
  • Claremont Park entrance off Bay View Terrace (1920s)
  • Claremont Primary School students in Claremont Park (1957)
  • Ruth Lefroy and her dog Christopher at 16 Reserve Street, Claremont. (1940s)
TELLING STORIES SINCE 1975
  • Children under the pergola in the Osborne Hotel gardens (1898)
  • Children in Tree House at Crawford House, 37 Victoria Ave, Claremont (1914)
  • Claremont Park entrance off Bay View Terrace (1920s)
  • Claremont Primary School students in Claremont Park (1957)
  • Ruth Lefroy and her dog Christopher at 16 Reserve Street, Claremont. (1940s)

Freshwater Bay

Freshwater Bay Museum

The building at 66 Victoria Avenue, now part of the Freshwater Bay Museum complex, has functioned since it was built in 1862, as a school, a place of religious worship, a boarding house, police station and residence for police officers. In 1975 it was opened as the Town of Claremont’s Claremont Museum, the first Council initiated museum in Western Australia. A permanent exhibition tells the story of the Noongar connection to the land and to Freshwater Bay and the many uses of the original building.

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Hidden Treasures

1980s

Hidden Treasures

Claremont School of Art The Claremont Technical College in Princess Road Claremont was established in 1964. Four years later it housed the popular Fine Arts courses from Perth Technical College. It expanded and grew in popularity, with art history, painting, ceramics, china painting, silverwork, textiles and sculpture being just a few of the courses offered. […]

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The Boatshed

The Boatshed

The historic boat shed on the Freshwater Bay foreshore is a key part of the Freshwater Bay Museum. It was donated to the Museum by the Mews family and moved from its Victoria Avenue site to its current location in 1996.

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Latest News

2 December 2016
  • Museum Closure to the Public for 2018

    The Museum is closed due to redevelopment of the site. Please check our website regularly and Town of Claremont publications for events and school holiday programs throughout the year. A reopening date will also be advised on our website.

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