La Perouse Museum

1542 Anzac Parade, La Perouse NSW 2036

1542 Anzac Parade, La Perouse NSW 2036

Local stories, indigenous history and the explorer
La Perouse

Randwick Council has recently signed a lease with the National Parks and Wildlife Service to manage the La Perouse Museum.

Housed in a heritage building at La Perouse in the south of our city, the La Perouse Museum documents the expedition of French explorer the Comte de Laperouse. The Museum also has local Indigenous history and a sea life photographic exhibition.

The Museum has a diverse and fascinating collection telling the many stories that relate to this important part of the Randwick region, including maritime history, the ongoing Aboriginal stories, science and communication, and the community histories, much of it on display. La Perouse Museum was delighted to recently receive a grant from the Maritime Museums of Australia Project Support Scheme (MMAPSS) Grant, jointly funded by the Australian Government and the Australian National Maritime Museum (ANMM) with the support of the Ministry for the Arts. This will fund a Significance Assessment and a Collection Policy to help develop and promote our collections. We look forward to updating our visitors and networks with the final outcomes!

Have your say

Randwick City Council is planning an upgrade for the La Perouse Museum. We want to hear your ideas and aspirations for the kind of experience you would like to have at the museum.

You are invited to have your say about your ideas and aspirations for the kind of experience you would like to have at the La Perouse Museum.

Community consultation is now open from 14 August 2019 to 13 September 2019.

Museum opening hours:

  • Wednesday and Friday 10am – 2pm
  • Saturday and Sunday 10am – 4pm

Phone: 02 9093 6190 or email for enquiries

Entry is free.

About the museum

La Perouse Museum is located on ‘The Loop’ at La Perouse within the Kamay Botany Bay National Park’s northern headland. The museum is housed within the historic Cable Station building, once Australia’s only link to the rest of the world. The La Perouse Monument is located nearby.

Almost 2,000 items across several rooms of exhibits document the 1787–1788 expedition of French explorer the Comte de Lapérouse. Items include the complete Atlas of the Voyage of La Perouse.

Lapérouse arrived in Botany Bay a week after the First Fleet. His expedition was last seen in what is now national parkland before mysteriously vanishing.

The fascinating exhibits in La Perouse Museum also tell stories of the local area, including Aboriginal stories.

Getting there and parking

La Perouse Museum is located at the end of Anzac Parade. Follow the signs to the Museum. Limited public parking is available. A bus service operates to the area.


Please note: disability access to La Perouse Museum is currently very limited until the Museum undergoes planned refurbishment. We recommend visitors with access needs phone the Museum on (02) 9093 6190 beforehand to arrange parking and if possible assistance with accessing the ground floor displays and café. Please be aware of the following limitations when planning your visit:

* The ground floor is wheelchair accessible but via a Heritage Courtyard with uneven surfaces. Please phone the Museum in advance so staff can usher guests through the private rear access
* The toilets are currently not wheelchair accessible due to a high step and narrow spaces
* The downstairs section of the museum is wheelchair-accessible, but there are steps involved so you'll need some assistance.
* The upstairs section is inaccessible due to a narrow stairway.

While we are working on making this venue more accessible, the Museum staff welcome enquiries via telephone (02) 9093 6190 or via email to help make your visit to the Museum an enjoyable and memorable one.

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