We are proud to partner with the Museum of Perth for the exhibition From hooves to highways: The history of the motor car in Western Australia.

In 1908, when the motor car was considered both a novelty and nuisance to the people of Perth, the burgeoning Automobile Club of Western Australia published a significant book. 

The book featured photographs of some of Perth’s elegant, high society motoring enthusiasts fully embracing the new motoring trend and floated the new concept of getaways; of travelling by motor car to attractive, hospitable and car-friendly country destinations.

The Automobile Club of Western Australia, which was formed three years earlier in 1905, was leading the way in advocating and championing this new form of transport. 

These early pioneering motorists shaped Perth and, more than 110 years later, Perth's drivers owe more to these motorists than most realise.
From hooves to highways: The history of the motor car in Western Australia will tell their stories, and how this small group of enthusiasts founded what became one of WA’s most valued advocacy organisations - RAC.

Exhibition Details:

Dates: Friday 22 February - Friday 19 July 2019
Opening hours*:

Weekdays: 10am - 4pm
First Saturday of every month: 10am – 4pm

*All opening hours are subject to change. Please check out the Museum of Perth website for latest details.

Entry fee:

Entry to the Museum of Perth is by gold coin donation.

A commemorative exhibition catalogue will be available at the exhibition.

The exhibition catalogue is complimentary for RAC members and is available for non-members with a gold coin donation.

Location: The Museum of Perth is located inside the The Atlas Building, 8-10 The Esplanade, Perth WA 6000

The Museum of Perth is located in a heritage listed building and a set of stairs leads to the exhibition space. For this reason, the exhibition is not wheelchair accessible.