Westonia Hood Penn Museum is the result of an extremely generous donation of a large historical collection from the Hood-Penn family who previously owned the Burracoppin Store. It features a variety of scenes showcasing early life in the shire including a pub scene, a shop/hardware store scene, a petrol station/garage scene, a kitchen scene, a bedroom scene and a blacksmith/farm workshop scene. Each scene also includes a realistic lifelike mannequin, complete with wrinkles and blemishes.
The Westonia Hood Penn Museum also houses a vibrating mine tunnel that aims to replicate life in an early Westonian gold mine. Visitors press a button upon entering the tunnel & then experience a three minute sequence of sound effects and physical vibrations that simulate blasts going off in the vicinity of the mine. The sound effects also include a conversation between miners working in the mine.
The display area of the museum incorporates early typewriters, cigarette tins, potions & remedies, bottles, newspapers, 1930’s photographs of Perth and many other displays housed in exquisitely made jarrah cabinets that were originally housed at the Perth Mint. The façade on the museum building represents the real life Club Hotel which operated on Westonia’s main street between 1913 and 1922.