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About the Museum

Welcome to the Claremont Museum

The historic Freshwater Bay School is home to the Claremont 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.

Getting to the Museum

The Museum is located close to the Swan River and is not situated in the Claremont shopping precinct, it can be reached by:

A ten-minute walk from Stirling Highway down Bay View Terrace to Victoria Avenue, where a turn to the left sees the Museum about 20 metres away.

Catch the Fremantle line to Claremont Station then walk about 20 minutes (1.6 km).

No. 23, 24, 25, 995, 998 and 999. Walking times from buses to the museum vary between 2 minutes to 20 minutes.


Claremont Museum has a small number of parking bays available to visitors on site.

If you are a large group or school traveling to the museum by private bus or coach, parking is limited and not fit for a large vehicle. A bus pull in area is available off Victoria Avenue on the south side of the street.

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