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    WA Museum reveals hidden treasures

    News | Created 25 Jul 2014

    This weekend a stunning exhibition of treasures once thought lost to the world opens at the Western Australian Museum – Perth. 

    WA Museum CEO Alec Coles said the Afghanistan: Hidden Treasures from the National Museum, Kabul exhibition contained more than 200 rare and beautiful objects dating back to the Bronze Age, from a place that was once at the crossroads of the world’s great civilisations.

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    Kimberley proves to be a frog hot-spot

    News | Created 25 Jul 2014

    Hop over to the Western Australian Maritime Museum next Wednesday night and dive into the fascinating frog world of the Kimberley, when Dr Paul Doughty presents Wet and Wild: Frogs of the Kimberley.

    Dr Doughty, Curator of Herpetology at the WA Museum, will delve into recent frog discoveries and explore a who’s who of frogs in this region, covering conspicuous tree frogs, rockhole frogs, burrowing frogs and more.

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  • Crowds inside the Dinosaur Discover exhibition

    Dinosaur Discovery exhibition breaks Museum attendance records

    News | Created 23 Jul 2014

    More than 130,000 people have visited the Western Australian Museum’s Dinosaur Discovery: Lost Creatures of the Cretaceous exhibition in Perth, making it the most popular display ever held at the Museum, exceeding the previous record of over 113,000 set by A Day in Pompeii, held at the Museum in 2010.

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  • The 100,000th visitors to Dinosaur Discovery

    100,000 visitors to WA Museum’s Dinosaur Discovery exhibition

    News | Created 14 Jul 2014

    More than 100,000 people have visited the Dinosaur Discovery: Lost Creatures of the Cretaceous exhibition at the Western Australian Museum, with the Wallbank family from Subiaco marking this milestone when they arrived at the Museum this morning.

    Dinosaur Discovery: Lost Creatures of the Cretaceous opened in Perth on April 11, 2014 with the dinosaurs inhabiting specially created Cretaceous era environments at the Museum.

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    Great Southern faces feature in portrait project

    News | Created 14 Jul 2014

    Smiling, reflective and proud, the faces of 53 Albany and Katanning residents have joined a Statewide project launched by the Western Australian Museum to celebrate diversity.

    'WA Faces' is an online portrait project aimed at showcasing the people of Western Australia and their diverse and multicultural backgrounds.

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    Spectacular sculpture of gentle giant finds true home at Maritime Museum

    News | Created 14 Jul 2014

    Situated prominently on the Western Australian Maritime Museum’s balcony looking out to the Indian Ocean, the magnificent glass whale shark sculpture from Sculpture by the Sea, Cottesloe 2013 exhibition Transparent Sea has found its permanent home. 

    WA Museum CEO Alec Coles today thanked Andrew and Nicola Forrest’s Minderoo Foundation for donating the sculpture, and said through their generosity visitors to the Museum could appreciate this extraordinary artwork depicting the State’s marine animal emblem.

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    Pterosaurs fly into the Pilbara

    News | Created 20 Jun 2014

    Delve into dinosaur discoveries this week when Dr Mikael Siversson, Curator of Palaeontology at the Western Australian Museum, presents four lectures as part of the Museum’s 2014 In the Wild West lecture series, from Thursday 19 to Saturday 21 June. 

    Dinosaurs and other creatures of the Cretaceous greenhouse world explores the world as it was 145-66 million years ago, when pterosaurs the size of planes soared the skies, enormous crocodilians wallowed in waterways and giant dinosaurs roamed the landscape.

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  • Jonty Coy, Fletcher Cox and Louise May pose around the meteorite display

    4.5 billion year old meteorites rock the Perth Concert Hall

    News | Created 5 Jun 2014

    Ancient meteorites that were formed during the birth of our Solar System 4.56 billion years ago will go on display at the Perth Concert Hall this weekend.

    The meteorites are part of the Western Australian Museum’s Collection and are being displayed to complement the Western Australian Youth Orchestra’s season opening performance of Gustav Holst’s seminal work ‘The Planets’ this Sunday 8 June at 3pm.

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  • Ship’s boat from wreck of HMAS Sydney (II)

    Curtin University, WA Museum Foundation help fund Gift to the Nation

    News | Created 1 Jun 2014

    The Western Australian Museum has received a significant funding boost to investigate, photograph and film the World War II wrecks of HMAS Sydney (II) and the HSK Kormoran, with Curtin University this week donating $170,000 to the project, and the WA Museum Foundation matching that amount with another $170,000.

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    Lyn Beazley looks to the Wild West

    News | Created 1 Jun 2014

    Following her induction into the WA Science Hall of Fame, Professor Lyn Beazley AO will launch the Western Australian Museum’s 2014 In the Wild West lecture series with a captivating presentation on sight at the WA Maritime Museum this Wednesday, 4 June.

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  • Spinosaurus features in the Dinosaur Discovery exhibition

    Connect with YOUR WA Museum on International Museum Day

    News | Created 10 May 2014

    Celebrate International Museum Day this Sunday 18 May at your local Western Australia Museum and connect with YOUR WA museum through our exciting range of collections.

    Entry to most WA Museum sites is free every day, but on Sunday entry to the WA Maritime Museum in Fremantle will be free, too. In addition, all activities in the Play-laeontology Zone at the WA Museum – Perth will be free for all visitors who buy a ticket to the amazing and record-breaking Dinosaur Discovery exhibition.

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    WA Museum puts West Australian wildlife in your hands

    News | Created 1 May 2014

    Get to know your local bugs, birds and beasts when the Western Australian Museum launches its new Field Guide to Western Australian Fauna app today.

    This free app provides descriptions, photos, distribution maps and endangered species status of more than 250 species of birds, frogs, mammals and more, found on the land and in waters across Western Australia.

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  • In-flight near miss between a young osprey and a spoonbill

    Amazing ANZANG reaches the Goldfields

    News | Created 28 Apr 2014

    The Western Australian Museum tour of The Australian Geographic ANZANG Nature Photographer of the Year exhibition will reach the Goldfields this Saturday 3 May.

    The Australian Geographic ANZANG Nature Photographer of the Year showcases the unique natural beauty of the Australia, New Zealand, Antarctica and New Guinea region via the winning works of the world’s best amateur and professional photographers.

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    Convicts in the Mid West

    News | Created 28 Apr 2014

    Visitors to Western Australian Museum – Geraldton will experience a unique perspective on convict settlers, the crimes that landed them in Australia and links to their living descendants, when A Convict in the Family? opens this Saturday 3 May.

    This thought-provoking photographic exhibition by documentary photographer Mine Konakci visually explores and exposes petty crimes that changed the course of many family histories.

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  • A sea turtle crawling over the beach to return to water

    Turtle talk to help Gnaraloo’s unique program

    News | Created 11 Mar 2014

    The Western Australian Museum – Geraldton is doing its bit to help a unique program to protect residents of a remote stretch of WA coastline in the world famous Ningaloo Marine Park.

    The Gnaraloo coastline is building fame in its own right because of its endangered sea turtle populations.

    Sea turtles nest and hatch on beaches along the Gnaraloo coastline annually, generally from November to April.

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    Offshore treasures found in WA Museum fieldtrip

    News | Created 28 Feb 2014

    Scientists and researchers led by a team from the Western Australian Museum have made a series of surprising and exciting discoveries in waters nearly 350 kilometres off the Kimberley coast.

    Among them were previously undocumented fauna, species recorded for the first time in Western Australia and, in some cases, Australia.

    The data and specimens collected are being analysed and documented in the Museum’s Welshpool laboratories.

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  • Two Australian soldiers standing with two young East Timorese men, known as criados

    Albany explores an enduring Debt of Honour

    News | Created 7 Feb 2014

    The incredible story of 270 Australian commandos who defied all odds to hold down more than 10,000 Japanese troops in East Timor during a critical point of World War II will be told at the Western Australian Museum – Albany from February 14.

    Debt of Honour: Australia’s First Commandos and East Timor recounts the little-known story of one of Australia’s most defining campaigns of the Second World War.

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    Amazing ANZANG makes its way to the Mid West

    News | Created 7 Feb 2014

    The Western Australian Museum tour of The Australian Geographic ANZANG Nature Photographer of the Year exhibition will make its way to the Mid West on February 13.

    The Australian Geographic ANZANG Nature Photographer of the Year showcases the unique natural beauty of the Australia, New Zealand, Antarctica and New Guinea region via the winning works of the world’s best amateur and professional photographers.

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    Convicts in Kalgoorlie

    News | Created 4 Feb 2014

    The country’s history of incarceration and convicts will be on display in two simultaneous exhibitions at the WA Museum – Kalgoorlie from February 6.

    The first, Rockbreakers, tells the story of the convict-built, prisoner-filled Fremantle Prison and Old Perth Gaol and their little-known shared rock and mineral collection during the 1880s.

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