Explore the rich history of the Perth Observatory by visiting our museum, where you can marvel at an impressive collection of historical instruments, astrophotographs, artwork, and a fascinating meteorite exhibit. Don’t miss the opportunity to see the Atlas Coelestis, the first-ever Star Atlas printed in 1729 based on the work of John Flamsteed, the First Astronomer Royal at the Greenwich Observatory in Great Britain.
Since its establishment in 1896, the Perth Observatory has accumulated a wealth of scientific and cultural artifacts. Many of these instruments are still in use today, as part of our day and night tour programs. Others have been carefully restored and are now on permanent display in our museum, which is located in the administration building in Bickley. Through our exhibits, you can gain an insight into the Observatory’s various functions, including timekeeping, meteorology, seismology, surveying, and optical astronomy. Don’t miss the chance to immerse yourself in the rich history of the Perth Observatory and learn about its significant contributions to scientific research and public education.