Fremantle Prison’s Gallery was a joint initiative between the Department of Justice and the Department of Housing and Works, which managed the site when the gallery opened in July 2004. The exhibition program features prisoner art, works from the Prison Collection, and touring exhibitions relevant to the site. It is located in the former West Workshops of the Prison.
The Prison Gallery is located in the Gatehouse. It is open to the public from 10.00am to 5.00pm daily. Admission to the gallery is free. No flash photography is permitted in the Prison Gallery.
Click here for information on the current exhibition.
Fremantle Prison opened a new visitor centre located in the former 'Contact Visits Area'. The centre showcases highlights of Fremantle Prison's history.
- Artefacts of punishment held in the Fremantle Prison Collection
Multi screen video display with security camera features
Text panels featuring History, Riot, Punishment, Reform, Contact
Fremantle Prison opened a new visitor centre, the Convict Depot, in December 2011. The Convict Depot is located in the former Superintendent's backyard.
Artefacts and stories about early convict life at Fremantle Prison
An interactive touchscreen - visitors can use to explore hundreds of photographs, artworks and newspaper articles relating to the convict area
A Convict Database - this fully interactive database features information on all convicts sent to the Swan River Colony and allows visitors to search for their convict ancestors.
A paid car park catering for over 60 vehicles is located directly outside Fremantle Prison, The Terrace via Fothergill Street. Another large paid car park is located at the bottom of Fairburn Ramp, accessible via Parry Street.
Two bus bays are located directly outside of the Prison.
Facilities for People with Disabilities
In recognition of the fact that sections of each tour are not accessible by wheelchair, a discounted ticket fee (child rate) is offered.
Exclusive tours for groups including people with disabilities are customised to ensure access for all on the tour.
Facilities for people with mobility disabilities include:
- 2 ACROD car bays
- Disabled toilet facilities
- Upper level manuals - providing information on areas not accessible by wheelchair. These are provided free of charge.
People with hearing difficulties have free access to English audio guides.
Wheelchairs and Prams
Certain areas of the Prison are not accessible by wheelchairs or prams.
When a tour group enters these areas, those in wheelchairs are directed to the point at which they can rejoin the group and are provided with written information and images relating to those areas they are not able to access.
Those with prams are invited to bring children but leave the prams downstairs, or rejoin the group as they return to ground level.
Limited luggage storage is available free of charge.
Public toilets are available in the Gatehouse.
A baby change facility is available in the Gatehouse.
First aid stations are located at a number of points inside the Prison.