The Western Australian Museum , Albany also features three gardens built to inspire an appreciation of the local flora and fauna: the Bush Tucker, Frog and Lizard Gardens.
Each garden has a number of related activities and focuses, such as the intergenerational project. Also, the Bush Tucker Garden contains stories of local bush tucker and is built to reflect the six seasons of the Minang (the local Aboriginal nation).
The Eclipse Building is the main focus of the Western Australian Museum – Albany, where long-term collections, such as the Lighthouse Exhibition, Fishing Collection and the exhibitions about the local area’s history are displayed.
The showpiece of the Eclipse Building is the Eclipse Island Optic, consisting of three glass lenses, each three metres high. The optic rotates silently on its bed of mercury and lights up the building.
The marine discovery centre is located at the Eclipse building, which is all about hands-on interactive learning
. During school holidays, a variety of activities are conducted in this space for kids to learn about the world of aquatic zoology.
One Teacher School Room
The Torbay School building ? an old one room, one teacher school ? stands as a tribute to Western Australia’s pioneer teachers. The building fosters an appreciation and understanding of the history of rural education, and the conditions experienced in early settlement days.
This old school building is also used for school holiday activities, special events and Museum programs.
Australian MuseumResidency building
Built in 1850 and extended in 1875, the Residency Building served as a store and offices for the nearby convict-hiring depot. When the depot closed, more rooms were added and it became home to the Government Residents and then to the Resident Magistrates.
The Residency contains the newly redeveloped exhibitions telling the stories of the Great Southern?s natural and social history, from its early geological formation, its indigenous history through to early settlement and on to the area?s modern day events such as the introduction of the wind farm, the largest in Australia.
Point of Difference
Refurbished in July 2010, the refitted museum overlooks picturesque Princess Royal Harbour, on the site of first European settlement in Western Australia.
The Western Australian Museum , Albany provides exhibitions, public programs, educational programs and information on the unique natural and social history of the region.
The Museum shares the stories of the indigenous Noongar people and the influence of Mokare, a young Noongar warrior, as well as the stories of the early settlers and convicts, and also explores the region's unique natural landscape, flora and fauna.