1542 Anzac Parade, La Perouse NSW 2036
1542 Anzac Parade, La Perouse NSW 2036
- National Park
- Monument or memorial
- Dogs prohibited
- Smoking is prohibited in this area
We celebrate and honour NAIDOC week this year with the theme ‘Get up! Stand up! Show up!’
The La Perouse Museum stands and serves on Aboriginal Land. As part of NAIDOC 2022, we are honoured to host Aunty Deidre Martin for a (sold-out) workshop on the cultural traditions of basket weaving at the Museum this Saturday, and we also encourage visitors to the Museum to see our new La Perouse Milestones installation in the Instrument Room, a powerful and revealing historical timeline from Creation and pre-contact to today, developed in partnership with the local communities including the Gujaga Foundation. The Museum respects that Aboriginal people are the sole and rightful storytellers of their history and heritage.
Please note – we are unable to fly ceremonial flags at La Perouse on days with dangerously windy conditions.
Randwick City Council and the La Perouse Museum acknowledge the Bidjigal people as the Traditional Custodians of the land on which the Museum stands and serves. We celebrate their ongoing contributions to the life and identity of the area, and we acknowledge and pay our respects to the Ancestors and Elders past, present and emerging.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people should be aware that this website may contain images, voices or names of deceased persons in photographs, film, audio recordings and in text.
Wednesdays & Fridays 10am to 2pm.
Saturdays & Sundays 10am to 4pm.
Phone: 02 9093 6190 | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Education Excursions are available.
The Museum is closed on Good Friday, Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day.
The La Perouse Museum is COVIDSafe.
In keeping with NSW Government Guidelines, we have COVID-Safe protocols in place. These include:
- Providing a safe environment (regular cleaning and sanitising, social distancing signage and space management, and adapting our public programs and museum events)
- Keeping you and our staff informed of the most up-to-date Government instructions and guidelines, keeping safety in mind at all times.
Please do not visit us yet, if you:
- are experiencing any flu-like symptoms (sore throat, loss of taste/smell, runny nose, persistent cough, shortness of breath, fever)
- are awaiting the results of a test for COVID-19
- have been directed by NSW Health to isolate
If you would like to see our past exhibitions, Happy Valley: La Perouse in the Depression and Beach Couture: A Haute Mess!, visit our virtual tour in the link below.
La Perouse Museum Collection Policy
The La Perouse Museum Collection Policy (2020) documents the history of the Museum, its current collecting themes, and the policies that guide the development and care of the collections within the vision of the Museum, and to professional museum standards. Click here to download our Policy PDF, 9943.92 KB
Local stories, ongoing Aboriginal histories and the story of the French explorer Lapérouse
Housed in a heritage building at La Perouse in the south of our city, the La Perouse Museum is a multi-disciplinary museum that tells many stories up to the present day.
The Museum is housed in the iconic 1882 Cable Station in La Perouse, and tells the continuing stories of one of the most fascinating and important suburbs in Sydney. Our collections, exhibitions, programs and events are all based around our five main themes:
- the Traditional Custodians and Aboriginal community of La Perouse
- European arrivals including Lapérouse and the French Connection
- the Environment
- Science and Communication (the Cable Station)
- the Social History of La Perouse (and connections to Randwick)
We offer temporary and permanent exhibitions, public programs, events, lectures, performances, and a breath-taking view from the veranda over beautiful Kamay Botany Bay.
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 New Zealand and the rest of the world. The La Perouse Monument, the tomb of Father Receveur, and the very important Macquarie Watchtower (1822) are located nearby.
The Museum is situated in the middle of La Perouse Headland; home to the Bidjigal and Gadigal peoples and an Aboriginal community who as Traditional Custodians have had an ongoing connection with this region that pre-dates Cook's arrival and continues up to the present day. The traditions, arts, commerce and complex histories of the La Perouse Aboriginal community play an important part in this identity and culture of this area.
The site on which this Museum stands was also one of the first places visited in the Sydney region by Europeans. The British First Fleet anchored near the Headland on 18 January 1788, looking for fresh water, and of course to colonise this land. Incredibly just a few days later, the French Enlightenment expedition led by the famed explorer and navigator Jean-Francois de Galaup, comte de Lapérouse, also landed here. Since its inception in 1988, La Perouse Museum has been an important site of connection for French visitors.
The Museum plays an important role in the history of science and communication. It was built as a Cable Station in 1881 - 1882 to house the two companies operating the submarine electric telegraph cable (through Morse code) between Botany Bay and Cable Bay in Nelson, New Zealand (and indirectly to the rest of the world). The Museum building is an icon of globalisation and the breaking down the barriers of geography and language, long before the age of the internet.
La Perouse as a suburb is often described as the "place which people forgot" or "the end of the line" due to its relative isolation and its place at the very end of the tram line out from the city. It has been home to those in diaspora, seeking refuge and community; the "Happy Valley" Depression-era camp, the establishment of the Aboriginal Mission at Yarra Bay, the Salvation Army Women's Home in the Cable Station, the Veterans' War Home on Bare Island, and even for those smugglers trying to bring in illicit rum and goods under the watchful eye of Macquarie's soldiers stationed up at the Watchtower.
More recently, due to the famous La Perouse trams running to La Pa until 1961 and to the present day, La Perouse is a thriving tourist destination. Every week - and especially weekends - thousands of people flock to this area to picnic, swim, scuba dive, fish, fly kites, and contribute to the rich multicultural life of this local community. The Museum's exhibitions and programs cover all of these key points and themes.
Randwick City Council took over the management of La Perouse Museum in October 2017, and is now planning for its future development.
Getting there and parking
The La Perouse Museum is located in the Loop of Anzac Parade. We are the big red building in the centre of the Headland and the entrance looks down over the bay.
Due to the limited parking around La Perouse, we recommend visitors use public transportation where possible. The nearest bus stop is 'Anzac Pde Terminus, La Perouse, ID: 203622' and is less than 2 minutes' walk from the Museum. It's serviced by the 390X. Visitors are also welcome to chain their bicycles along the driveway fence.
Limited public parking is available. Please do not park up against the wall of the Museum and please do not block the driveway.
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 email@example.com to help make your visit to the Museum an enjoyable and memorable one.
French Explorers - Voyages to Australia
Fri 1 Apr 2022 - Sun 16 Oct 2022
10 am - 10 am
Community Galleries, La Perouse Museum
2022 marks the 250th anniversary of the first French visit to Australian shores. This exhibition explores the people who led those voyages and their achievements and legacies. You might encounter one or two surprising anecdotes along the way!
Traditional Basket Weaving Workshop with Deidre Martin
Sat 9 Jul 2022 - Sat 9 Jul 2022
1.30 pm - 3 pm
La Perouse Museum
Join Deidre Martin, an Aboriginal artist, as she teaches traditional weaving techniques.
Alchemy Duo: Live at the Watchtower
Sat 6 Aug 2022 - Sat 6 Aug 2022
1.30 pm - 2.30 pm
Macquarie Watchtower, La Perouse Headland
Step inside the historic Macquarie Watchtower and be swept away by the evocative string music of Alchemy Duo. Experience these soulful sounds in Randwick's most unique micro-venue looking out over La Perouse Headland.
Living Stories - an exhibition by La Perouse Aboriginal artist Craig Shepherd
Fri 28 Oct 2022 - Sun 5 Mar 2023
10 am - 10 am
Community Galleries, La Perouse Museum
The Museum is delighted to showcase the paintings and artworks of self-taught Aboriginal artist Craig Shepherd.