RPH museum displayThe Royal Perth Hospital Museum takes visitors on a walk through the colourful history of the hospital from its opening in 1855, right through to the present day.

Established as a research resource centre for the hospital and the public, the artefacts displayed in the Museum portray the history of healthcare and social development of Perth.

The medical equipment of the past provides a fascinating insight into the changes constantly taking place in the field of medicine, and each object within the Museum has a unique story to tell.

From a machine which supposedly cured acne by sending electric currents through the brain, to a lithotrite (an uncomfortable-looking probe with a chain attached) which removed stones from the bladder – each instrument gives you an insight into the hospital throughout the ages.

One of the most valued artefacts in the Museum is a box containing the first x-ray equipment in Australia. Imported from France by Dr W. J. Hancock, the Cold Cathode X-ray tubes assisted in examining patients in the hospital in the early 1900.

A must-see experience, the Museum is open to the general public Wednesday and Thursday from 9am to 2pm.

Visit the Museum

Location: Level 2, M Block, Murray St, Perth WA 6000
Please download the Museum map for directions.

Opening hours: Wednesday and Thursday, 9am to 2pm
Please note that the museum will be closed over the festive period from Wednesday 15 December 2021 and will be reopening on Wednesday 12 January 2022.

Please note as part of Royal Perth Hospital's COVID-19 response, measures have been put in place to reduce foot traffic through the hospital, as a result visitors cannot walk through the main hospital buildings to reach the Museum.

Access to the Museum is via the 10 – 14 Murray Street entrance only. Please follow the signs and phone the Museum on 9224 3433 when you arrive at the locked gate to be admitted.

Entry is free.


Contact us

Phone: 9224 3433