Built by Aboriginal prisoners in 1857, the Rottnest Museum building was originally a hayshed and granary. Today the museum displays provide a comprehensive coverage of the main features of the Island, including natural history, marine wrecks, European settlement, Aboriginal prisoners, communications and recreation. The pilot boathouse on Thomson Bay complements the museum displays. The Rottnest Island Museum also houses a wealth of historical photographs for you to view. The museum is located behind the Thomson Bay Settlement Shopping Mall.