Exploring Perth’s Cultural Scene – Must-See Galleries and Museums, and Amazing Places to Stay Nearby 24 Apr

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There’s so much more to Perth than beautiful beaches, spectacular sunsets, and cute little Quokkas! The WA capital is a city teeming with cultural treasures waiting to be discovered.

Dive into Perth's vibrant cultural scene and explore a multitude of galleries that showcase local talent and international masterpieces alike, as well as captivating museums where you can broaden your knowledge and immerse yourself in history.

When you’re done, Executive Escapes has a vast array of fully furnished, modern serviced apartments just a stone’s throw from all the best cultural attractions. Read on for some of our top suggestions for galleries and museums to visit when you’re next in town.

Art Gallery of Western Australia

Serving as a hub for artistic expression, cultural exchange, and community engagement, the Art Gallery of Western Australia (AGWA) was established in 1895, and houses an extensive collection of artworks, ranging from historical to contemporary pieces, with a focus on Australian and Indigenous art.

AGWA's permanent collection features works by renowned Australian artists such as Arthur Boyd and Sidney Nolan, as well as significant Indigenous artists like Rover Thomas and Emily Kame Kngwarreye. The gallery also hosts rotating exhibitions, showcasing both local and international artists and artworks.

In addition to its exhibition spaces, AGWA offers educational programs, guided tours, workshops, and special events aimed at engaging visitors of all ages and backgrounds with art and culture. End your visit at the recently renovated rooftop area, and soak in the stunning panoramic views of the city skyline while enjoying the open-air sculpture walk.

WA Museum Boola Bardip

Having recently undergone a major redevelopment and expansion project, this state-of-the-art museum showcases the natural and cultural heritage of Western Australia. ‘Boola Bardip’ is a Noongar term meaning ‘many stories,’ reflecting the museum's focus on telling diverse narratives from the region.

The stunning architecture of the museum seamlessly integrates historic building design with contemporary elements, creating a dynamic and inviting space for visitors, featuring modern exhibition spaces, interactive displays, and immersive experiences. Boola Bardip also hosts educational programs, workshops, lectures, and special events for visitors, fostering a deeper appreciation for Western Australia's past, present, and future.

WA Maritime Museum

Perched on the edge of the Indian Ocean, the WA Maritime Museum is symbolic of Fremantle’s past as a coastal city and port. Immerse yourself in WA’s marine history and discover a diverse range of exhibitions, interactive displays, historic objects and vessels that showcase WA’s sporting, sailing and adventure heritage.

Housed in a striking building on Victoria Quay, dive in and explore the incredible submarine HMAS Ovens, and until July 2024 you can view the immersive James Cameron exhibition that traces the filmmaker’s lifelong achievements in deep ocean science, technology and exploration.

Little ones will love the under the dome cinema experience, while the whole family will enjoy the free highlights tour which happens twice daily.


Nestled within the bustling streets of Perth's cultural precinct, PICA is simply unmissable for any contemporary art enthusiast. As you approach, the façade of the historic building tells a tale of the past, but step inside and you'll be transported into a world where tradition intertwines with the avant-garde!

At PICA, art is not confined to canvas or sculpture, it's a living, breathing entity, bustling with the energy of the contemporary world. From thought-provoking exhibitions to daring performances, each experience is a journey into the unknown, an invitation to challenge perceptions and ignite the senses.

Visitors are invited to become active participants in the unfolding narrative of contemporary art. Here, dialogue flourishes, ideas collide, and new perspectives emerge, shaping the cultural landscape of Perth and beyond.

Japingka Aboriginal Art Gallery

Located in Fremantle and established in 1987, Japingka is one of the longest-running galleries dedicated to Indigenous Australian art in the region.

Showcasing a diverse range of impressive Aboriginal artworks which reflect the rich cultural heritage, stories, and traditions of our First Nations peoples, this is a must-visit gallery for those who wish to soak up and discover more about our indigenous heritage. Explore over 4500 ethically sourced paintings, sculptures, ceramics, textiles, and artifacts, created by both emerging and established Indigenous artists from all across Australia.

Perth truly is a paradise for art and history lovers. From hidden art galleries to awe-inspiring museums filled with fascinating displays, this city has it all. Throw yourself into the vibrant cultural scene and let the energy of this city ignite your passion for art and history in ways you never imagined.

Are you planning a cultural trip to Perth? Looking for perfectly located long or short stay accommodation? Perth’s Executive Escapes has these places on offer:

James on the Park – Northbridge

Lively Northbridge is popular for Perth Cultural Centre, with its cluster of modern art galleries, along with trendy boutiques and eateries, stylish cocktail lounges, and upscale clubs. Enjoy city views from your private balcony and enjoy the best of Perth, with so many attractions in close proximity. 

Perth West End Apartment 406 - CBD

Located in the West End complex on Murray St, Perth CBD, this spacious one bedroom is one of our most conveniently located serviced apartments. Perth’s best cultural attractions, in addition to theatres, shops, and nightlife are all right on your door step!

Cleopatra’s Enchanted Sanctuary

This breath-taking, architecturally designed home is truly something special! Nestled amongst the treetops, from the moment you walk down the idyllic paved driveway you will experience unparalleled peace and tranquillity. Located in hip Palmyra, which borders on Fremantle, it’s the perfect location from which to explore this spirited maritime city full of soul, colour and culture.

Book your short or long stay accommodation – Perth is waiting for your arrival! Book online with Executive Escapes today or reach out to us online for more information.