Royal Perth Hospital Museum
The purpose of the Royal Perth Hospital Museum is to preserve and share the history of Western Australia’s longest serving hospital.
The museum was established in 1988. We are located within the RPH heritage precinct, Murray Street Perth, in the 1894 Administration Building, alongside the original 1855 Colonial Hospital.
Through the collection, the museum reveals the journey from a desperately underfunded colonial hospital to a leading trauma and teaching hospital.
We explore significant stories, people and developments in the hospital’s services and facilities, and we celebrate advances in medicine, technology and health care initiated at Royal Perth Hospital.
The collection relates to the history of two sites - the Royal Perth Hospital site in Wellington Street Perth, and the Shenton Park site, which was once an annexe of Royal Perth Hospital.
The Royal Perth Hospital was formerly known as the Colonial Hospital (1829 – 1894), the Perth Public Hospital (1894 – 1921) and the Perth Hospital (1921 – 1946).
The Shenton Park site was established in 1893 as an Infectious Diseases Hospital known as the Victoria Hospital. It underwent several name changes until its closure in 2014 but is probably best remembered as the Royal Perth (Rehabilitation) Hospital.
The collection is diverse and contains thousands of items including medical instruments and equipment, teaching aids, hospital records, photographs, uniforms, documents, furnishings, memorabilia, letters and audio-visual material.
Items are primarily received by transfer from within the hospital. We also acquire items through the generosity of donors. We prioritise items that relate to our key themes.
Royal Perth Hospital and the State Library of Western Australia are partnering to develop an oral history collection to capture and make available the memories of medical, nursing and ancillary staff, and the history of the hospital.
Iron lung machine
Early anaesthetic equipment
Early X-ray equipment c1900
Surgical instruments and diagnostic equipment from the early 1900s to present day
Teaching aids over the decades including audio visual material, obstetrics dolls, anatomical charts and models
Original nurses' uniforms
Harry Stephenson Lucraft Photograph Collection c1930
The museum’s theme priorities include:
• The built heritage of Royal Perth Hospital, including the Shenton Park Campus
• Key people of Royal Perth Hospital including staff and patients
• Research and significant developments in medicine, technology, health care and teaching initiated at Royal Perth Hospital
• Significant events and activities of Royal Perth Hospital
Royal Perth Hospital Museum
10/14 Murray Street
Perth WA 6000
Free entry. Gold coin donation welcomed.
Enter from 10-14 Murray Street through the gate under the large Moreton Bay Fig Tree and follow the signage.
|Wed:||9:00 am – 2:00 pm|
|Thu:||9:00 am – 2:00 pm|