We acknowledge the traditional custodians of the land on which the Old Court House Law Museum is located, the Wadjuk Noongar people of the Noongar Nation, and pay our respects to the Elders past, present and emerging.
The Old Court House Law Museum is one of only a few law museums in the world. The museum is housed in the City of Perth’s oldest building, constructed in 1836, next to the Supreme Court of Western Australia.
The museum promotes an understanding of the law, legal issues and the legal profession in Western Australia’s community and preserves the history of the law and the legal profession in Western Australia.
The museum’s interpretive displays, Small Court House Big Stories, People and The Law and From Past to Present are accompanied by an audio overview and take visitors on a journey through Western Australia’s legal and social history.
Hours: Tuesday to Friday 10.00am to 4.00pm
Cost: Free entry
Location: Stirling Gardens, corner of Barrack Street and St Georges Terrace, Perth (next to the Supreme Court of Western Australia)
Phone: (08) 9324 8688
Explore the Old Court House Law Museum online and take the virtual tour
Developed in collaboration with Aspect 360, digital visitors can access the Museum whenever they like, from wherever they like. Including both guided and self-guided tour functions, the high quality imagery and zoom function allows visitors to read the displays as clearly as if they were in the gallery. 360 degree views of the rooms highlights the unique features of the building, such as the beehive pendants on the rafters inside the court room and interpretive design features throughout.
The floorplan and dollhouse features allow the visitor to select which galleries to view and navigate with ease. Additional information tags provide further interpretation, guiding visitors on a tour of the building with features highlighted of the building’s function as a court house from 1836.
The museum is a community service managed by the Law Society of Western Australia and sponsored by the Public Purposes Trust and the Department of Justice.