Fremantle Arts Centre
Fremantle Arts Centre
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
Fremantle Arts Centre works to create an environment which brings people together in the active exploration of cultural ideas. With over 150,000 visitors a year, FAC is one of WA’s most dynamic multi-arts organisations, offering a rich cultural program of exhibitions, residencies, art courses, music and events on a historic site. FAC is an ambitious organisation that celebrates quality and the high standard of our programming is recognised on both a national and international level. Contemporary exhibitions, courses & workshops that inspire, a shop filled with the finest WA made wares, an expansive live music program and special events throughout the year. Open daily 10am – 5pm. Free admission.
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Rowan
United Kingdom157 contributions
Oct 2023 • Family
Nice enough place and free to get in but wholly soulless. Having had a rellie die in the asylum I was interested to see the history of the place but it just seems to be an arts space ( and that was closed ).
Disappointing
Written 12 November 2023
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Ann T
Pascoe Vale, Australia1,443 contributions
Jan 2023 • Friends
This is always an interesting place to visit. Good exhibitions, a range of books, and a gift shop with great local craft. For something with a rather depressing history as a 'lunatic' asylum, it always feels very peaceful sitting in the courtyard. No ghosts perhaps. The cafe wasn't open on the day we visited but a pleasant young man made some great toasties for us out of a caravan. A beautiful sandstone gothic building.
Written 29 March 2023
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2Ad2Ch
Perth, Australia102 contributions
Aug 2022
This is one of the many amazing old historical buildings in Freo, you cannot drive past it, it's just that interesting. Opened in 1864 as a home for Lunatics and Invalids (yikes) it's had a chequered history, to say the least. However, reading about it on the internet and going to the actual place where it all happened are two completely different things. The three art exhibitions that were on when we were there were okay, but we went mainly to see the history and the beauty of the old building. However there was nowhere set up with the history or photos or anything like that. One would have thought that they could put one room aside to take a nod to the past, and let visitors know the history, get a feel for the past, to have that as one of the 'experiences' one could enjoy while there. It just seemed odd, but perhaps that's just us. We like to read about what went on in historical buildings, what types of people lived there, what their lives were like, etc, but there was none of that. We came away feeling a bit cheated. Perhaps that's just the modern way of doing things, leave it all on the internet and hope people read it there. Seems a shame though.
Written 21 August 2022
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Geoff C
Rockingham, Australia33 contributions
Mar 2022 • Solo
During the warmer months there is live music on Sunday afternoon with food stalls and a licensed bar in the front lawn area I can't recommend it enough
Written 22 March 2022
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Perth Review
Perth, Australia252 contributions
Dec 2021 • Couples
Went to the Christmas markets at the Fremantle Arts Centre and wasn’t surprised but was still disappointed. Yuppie, boomer art stalls as was expected. What wasn’t expected was a stall that sold candles made from breast milk. Naturally I bought about six for secret Santa gifts, Gross and amazing idea.
Written 6 March 2022
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Georgette C
1 contribution
Feb 2022
AVOID PAYING FOR COURSES HERE AT ANY COST. I have recently had an experience with the FAC that has utterly destroyed my opinion and faith in them. They have no care whatsoever for extenuating covid-related circumstances. If there is even the slightest chance at all that you will not be able to attend a course for ANY reason do not pay for it. You will find yourself (like I did) $100+ dollars out of pocket. They have no sympathy, care, or understanding for individuals.
Written 6 February 2022
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Jonique Life
Australia2,521 contributions
Jan 2022 • Couples
This place is stunning! There is street parking nearby (paid) not suitable for a caravan. It is free entry with a lovely cafe inside also. The vibes here are excellent with great art displays.

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Written 25 January 2022
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Jeffry b
Essendon, Australia13,858 contributions
May 2021
The Fremantle Arts Centre is a neo-Gothic building construced by convicts. The centre was completed in 1860 and used as a lunatic asylum. It is said to be one of the most haunted places in Australia. It was saved from demolition in 1958 and reopened as an arts centre in 1970. The Fremantle Arts Centre is a centre for the Arts and creativity in Western Australia.
Written 4 July 2021
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Grifology70
Melbourne, Australia361 contributions
Apr 2021 • Family
Went to see the building as much as the art. What a grand structure it is. Saw an exhibition of indigenous art and would have bought plenty if I could afford it. Free entry helps!
Written 11 April 2021
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Theresa D
Perth, Australia1,021 contributions
Jan 2021
All kinds of art here in the former spooky asylum .
The gift shop, Found, is full of locally crafted treasures.
There is often a display of art to see and the variety of art classes changes throughout the year. Lovely shady grounds good for alfresco eating
Written 9 January 2021
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