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  •   Perth - Rainy Day

•   Western Australia Museum
Dedicated to the preservation of Western Australia`s heritage, this museum has extensive collections and various special, temporary and virtual exhibitions. Permanent exhibitions include from Diamonds to Dinosaurs; Bird, Butterfly, Mammal and Marine Galleries; and a First People`s exhibition. The Museum, for the most part, is free.

•   Art Gallery of Western Australia
This gallery has an excellent collection of Western Australian art. Permanent exhibitions feature indigenous and 20th century art and there are regular special exhibitions. Admission is free, though an entry fee can apply to special exhibitions.

•   Western Australian Cricket Assoc Museum
The WACA Museum, a must for cricket fans, contains extensive cricket memorabilia as well as information on other sports played at the WACA since 1885. Individual and group tours of the legendary WACA Ground and Museum are available several days per week.

•   Museum of Childhood
The Museum of Childhood is part of Edith Cowan University. Displays and exhibitions include the history of bush schools, toys and games, infant care and child raising practices. The museum is open to the public four days per week.

•   Berndt Museum of Anthropology
While at the UWA campus, take a look at the Berndt Museum of Anthropology. Its holdings include extensive collections of Australian Aboriginal art and Aboriginal cultural materials, as well as collections from Melanesia, Asia and South East Asia. It is open to the public 3 days a week at set times.

•   Fremantle Prison Museum
One of Western Australia`s premier heritage sites, built by convict labour in 1850, Fremantle Prison was decommissioned in 1991. It is now a museum and you can take a tour of the cells. See how life differed for the convict and an inmate of the 1990s.

•   University of Western Australia
Visit the Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery at the University of Western Australia which houses the university art collection and features a changing menu of temporary exhibitions, including works by artist Sidney Nolan.

•   Perth Mint
Near the city centre, Perth Mint still operates from its original 1899 premises. Watch molten gold being poured to make a gold bar, see how coins are made, hold a gold bar worth $200,000. You can even strike and engrave your own medallions.

•   The Round House
The Round House at Fremantle is WA`s oldest remaining building. Built as a gaol, it was then used as a police lock up before being used for police accommodation. Be sure not to miss the Whalers Tunnel which has been restored.

•   Perth Observatory
For a date with the stars, visit Perth Observatory. The Observatory has a range of tours available, both day and night. Day tours are usually held on Sunday and include informational talks by an astronomer and a visit to the Observatory`s museum.

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