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Rottnest Island Museum

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Address: Henderson Avenue, Cockburn, Rottnest Island, Western Australia 5440, Australia
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The Museum is a place every visitor to Rottnest Island must visit at least once, preferably at the beginning of their visit to the island. I was impressed by the display in the... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 18 January 2017
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Perth, Australia

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Perth, Australia
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51 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2017

The Museum is a place every visitor to Rottnest Island must visit at least once, preferably at the beginning of their visit to the island. I was impressed by the display in the entry hall on the history of Rottnest Island which was used as a prison for Aboriginal men removed from their own land / 'country' and exiled to... More 

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Rottnest_Island, Customer Service at Rottnest Island Museum, responded to this review

Thank you very much for the lovely review. We are glad to hear you thoroughly enjoyed your visit to the Rottnest Island Museum and burial ground. We hope you get to visit again soon. Warm regards, Rottnest Island More 

Randboel, Denmark
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 December 2016 via mobile

We were met by a friendly lady who told us about the islands history. This was right at the start of our day trip. She not only gave us a good idea of how the island became an island, but explained the facts right up to today. This connected the layout and the history of the island. Well worth the... More 

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Rottnest_Island, Customer Service at Rottnest Island Museum, responded to this review

Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review here on TripAdvisor. I will be sure to pass your review on to our fantastic voluntary guides. They will be thrilled to receive your feedback. We're glad you had a great time on the Island and we hope to have you back again very soon! Kind regards, Rottnest... More 

Napier, New Zealand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 December 2016

The curator was lovely. She willingly explained the three sections of the museum. I learned about the island's history and its flora and fauna. Even a quarter hour visit here would help ones understanding of this island.

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Rottnest_Island, Customer Service at Rottnest Island Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for the great feedback. The Volunteer Guides will be very happy to hear that you had a fantastic experience at the Rottnest Island Museum. Warm regards, Rottnest Island More 

Perth, Australia
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163 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 December 2016

The history of Rottnest presented in this museum really opened my eyes. I was ashamed that I didn't know prior to going over to Rottnest, and hope that more people are exposed to the realities that come with colonised Australia. Hopefully more compassion and understanding can come out of the work of some dedicated volunteers.

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Rottnest_Island, Customer Service at Rottnest Island Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to write a review. Great to hear that you enjoyed your visit to the Rottnest Island Museum. We hope to see you back on the Island again soon. Kind regards, Rottnest Island More 

Maroochydore, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 November 2016

Sad but real reminder of our misguided past. Small but well laid out and friendly, knowledgeable volunteers. Lots of information about the islands past as a prison for predominately aborigines.

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Rottnest_Island, Customer Service at Rottnest Island Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for your feedback and for taking the time to write a review for the Rottnest Island Museum. I will be sure to pass your review to our fantastic volunteer guides. They'll be very happy to receive such positive feedback. We hope to have you back on the Island again soon. Warm regards, Rottnest Island More 

Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 November 2016

The Rottnest Museum has a very comprehensive story of life on the island when it was an aboriginal penal colony. 1831-1903. The artefacts and displays are very well presented. There is also a very interesting video explaining how they found aboriginal graves near the old prison. A gold coin donation is appreciated but not compulsory on entrance. It is open... More 

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Rottnest_Island, Customer Service at Rottnest Island Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to write about your recent visit to the Rottnest Island Museum. We couldn't agree more, the museum is full of information about the Island's history, flora and fauna. We are glad you enjoyed your visit and hope to welcome you back to the Island soon. Kindest regards, Rottnest Island More 

Las Vegas, Nevada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 November 2016 via mobile

The museum is very small but it is very interesting. The history of the island being a prison was interesting.

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Rottnest_Island, Customer Service at Rottnest Island Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to write about your visit to the Rottnest Island Museum. We agree, the museum is jam packed with interesting artefacts about the Island's rich history. We are glad to hear you enjoyed your visit and hope to welcome you back soon. Warm regards, Rottnest Island More 

Melbourne, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 November 2016 via mobile

Rottnest Island Museum is open daily from 11am to 3:30pm Gold coin donation for entry. It was bigger than I expected, full of the island's rich cultural and natural history. Worth having a look at ! 😊

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Rottnest_Island, Customer Service at Rottnest Island Museum, responded to this review

Thank you so much for taking the time to leave a review! We are glad that you enjoyed your visit at the Rottnest Island Museum and we hope to see you again soon. Warm regards, Rottnest Island More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 November 2016 via mobile

This museum relies on donations, so put what you feel necessary in the tin. A significant amount of information about the vast numbers of indigenous people that were sent to this island as well as local flora and fauna. Worth a visit if you are on the island.

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Rottnest_Island, Customer Service at Rottnest Island Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to share your experience of your visit to the Rottnest Island Museum here on TripAdvisor. Great to hear that you enjoyed your visit and we hope to see you again soon! Warm regards, Rottnest Island More 

Melbourne, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2016

The museum is very well set out and despite being only a small space I got so engrossed in it I missed the next bus that I was going to get lol. Staff were lovely and welcoming.

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Rottnest_Island, Customer Service at Rottnest Island Museum, responded to this review

Thanks for the great feedback. Wonderful to hear you had such a good time at the museum. We hope to see you back on the Island again soon! Warm regards, Rottnest Island More 

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