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  • Artwork 'A burial at sea'. The Illustrated London News, November 1880

    Rough medicine on the high seas

    News | Created 2 Dec 2016

    Rough Medicine: Life and Death in the Age of Sail opened at the Museum of the Great Southern today.

    WA Museum CEO Alec Coles said the exhibition explores the fascinating history of how illness impacted upon and even shaped early sea voyages from the 17th Century until the advent of the steamship in the late 19th Century.

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  • International Congress on Underwater Archaeology at the WA Maritime Museum

    News | Created 1 Dec 2016

    The Western Australian Museum is pleased to host the Sixth International Congress on Underwater Archaeology (IKUWA6) at the WA Maritime Museum this week.

    Museum CEO Alec Coles said IKUWA (Internationaler Kongreß für Unterwasserarchäologie) is an independent, not-for-profit international network, and IKUWA6 is organised under the patronage of UNESCO and focuses on maritime archaeology.

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  • Diver underwater for Beneath the Waves

    Beneath the Waves wins screen award

    News | Created 29 Nov 2016

    An online interactive documentary created by the Western Australian Museum and production company Periscope Pictures, together with interactive experience developers Hungry Sky, has won a 2016 SAE ATOM Award.

    Beneath the Waves was announced as the ‘Best Educational/Training Video or Website (Primary/Secondary)’ at an awards ceremony in Melbourne.

    Western Australian Museum CEO Alec Coles said the Beneath the Waves is the culmination of six years of marine biodiversity survey work in the Kimberley and more than a year of digital production design.

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  • Maratus mungaich with his front legs up in the air

    Spiders invade Elizabeth Quay

    News | Created 22 Nov 2016

    The Western Australian Museum will be displaying, playing and talking all things spiders – alongside a 50-tonne fire breathing spider at Elizabeth Quay this week.

    The Museum’s spider encounter will take place inside the WA Museum’s inflatable museum for Arcadia Australia.

    Arcadia – a spectacle of technology, performance, lasers and community activities – will make its Australian debut in Perth from tomorrow and thousands of people are expected to attend.

    WA Museum CEO Alec Coles said it is a unique opportunity for people to get up close and personal with spiders.

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  • Dirk Hartog Dish, 1600 – 1616.

    Dutch King and Queen unveil Hartog Dish in Fremantle

    News | Created 31 Oct 2016

    The Western Australian Museum is pleased to announce that its special exhibition, Travellers and Traders in the Indian Ocean World, was officially opened today by Their Majesties King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima of the Netherlands.

    The exhibition is one of the Museum’s many contributions to the commemoration of the 400th anniversary of the first European contact with Western Australia, when Dutchman Dirk Hartog landed at what is now Cape Inscription.

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  • Acropora aspera exposed at low tide on the fringing reef at North Maret Island, Bonaparte Archipelago.

    New survey allays fears about coral reef health in the inshore Kimberley

    News | Created 17 Oct 2016

    Only six months after one of the worst summers in history for coral bleaching, a new coral reef biodiversity and health survey suggests some of Australia’s most biologically important fringing reef communities in the central Kimberley remain intact.

    A team of Western Australian Museum and Curtin University researchers accompanied by Wunambal Gaambera Aboriginal Corporation's Uunguu Rangers have just returned from a seven-day survey of coral reefs in the Bonaparte Archipelago.

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  • A shipwreck activity area at the WA Museum’s new Discovery Zone in the State Library

    School holiday fun at the new Discovery Zone in the State Library

    News | Created 23 Sep 2016

    Come and explore the Western Australian Museum’s new Discovery Zone, now open at the State Library of Western Australia in the heart of the Perth Cultural Centre.

    The new Discovery Zone is an exciting space created especially for the young and the curious. Touch and see objects from across Western Australia and around the world as you learn about dinosaur trackways, meteorites and our amazing night sky.

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  • Abrolhos Islands, Copyright WA Museum

    Search for 5th Old Dutch shipwreck to continue

    News | Created 9 Sep 2016

    The Western Australian Museum continues its search for a possible fifth Dutch East India Company (VOC) shipwreck, believed to have been lost at the Abrolhos Islands off the Mid West coast around 300 years ago, working alongside celebrated wreck-hunter and author Hugh Edwards.

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  • A crèche in a large metropolitan hospital, 1953.

    Exhibition reveals the truth about Australia’s past adoption practices

    News | Created 7 Sep 2016

    A new exhibition, Without Consent: Australia’s past adoption practices opens at the Western Australian Museum – Albany on Saturday 10 September 2016.                             

    It brings to light a previously hidden aspect of Australia’s past – forced adoptions –and has offered those affected an opportunity to share their experiences, some for the first time.

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  • A burial at sea. The Illustrated London News, November 1880. Courtesy State Library of Victoria

    Rough medicine on the high seas

    News | Created 7 Sep 2016

    Rough Medicine: Life and Death in the Age of Sail will open at the Western Australian Museum – Geraldton on Saturday, 10 September 2016.

    WA Museum CEO Alec Coles said the exhibition explores the fascinating history of how illness impacted upon and even shaped early sea voyages from the 17th Century until the advent of the steamship in the late 19th Century.

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  • Powder scoop from the Batavia

    WA’s first Dutch connections on display at Shark Bay World Heritage Discovery Centre

    News | Created 26 Aug 2016

    An exhibition encompassing the stories of the first recorded European (Dutch) landing in Western Australia at Shark Bay will be on display at the Shark Bay World Heritage Discovery Centre from 27 August.

    The Accidental Encounters: the Dutch connection exhibition was developed by the Western Australian Museum in preparation for this year’s 400th anniversary of Dirk Hartog’s landing in Shark Bay.

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  • Not an Agelas axifera, but this specimen from the Houtman Abrolhos Islands looks similar to the rare sponge the Museum is looking for.

    Calling all beachcombers – have you seen this sponge?

    News | Created 24 Aug 2016

    Beachcombers, divers, swimmers and anglers are being asked to help the Western Australian Museum find examples of a very rare marine sponge, Agelas axifera, known only to the Champion Bay area in Geraldton.

    The Museum is hoping recent storms in the area might have washed the sponges onto the beach.

    WA Museum Head of Aquatic Zoology Dr Jane Fromont said the species was first described in 1911 from the holotype collected at Champion Bay in 1905 – the only known location of Agelas axifera worldwide.

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  • Lieutenant Reg Saunders (left) and Lieutenant Tom Derrick VC DCM, congratulate each other following their graduation from the Office Cadet Training Unit at Seymour, 25 November 1944.

    Stories about Indigenous Australians at war presented at the Western Australian Museum – Kalgoorlie-Boulder

    News | Created 23 Aug 2016

    Indigenous Australians at war from the Boer War to the present opens at the Western Australian Museum – Kalgoorlie-Boulder this week.

    This touring exhibition from the Shrine of Remembrance in Melbourne presents Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders’ stories from all over Australia, including Western Australia.

    WA Museum – Kalgoorlie-Boulder Regional Manager Zoe Scott said it is important to acknowledge Aboriginal men and women who served their country during wars.

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  • New Museum design

    Bold new museum links past, present and future

    News | Created 31 Jul 2016

    • Brookfield Multiplex team awarded new Western Australian Museum contract
    • Dramatic concept created by international architects OMA and Hassell
    • Energy-efficient design connects contemporary and heritage buildings
    • Project to support up to 3,300 jobs and strong local content

    Western Australia’s world-class new museum is designed to be a State, national and international drawcard, offering compelling visitor experiences within dramatic architecture that links contemporary and historic buildings.

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  • Beneath the Waves wins 2016 WA Film Award

    News | Created 8 Jul 2016

    A compelling, online, interactive documentary created by the Western Australian Museum and documentary production company Periscope Pictures, together with interactive experience developers Hungry Sky, has won Best Interactive Production at this week’s prestigious WA Screen Awards.  

    WA Museum CEO Alec Coles said the documentary Beneath the Waves was the culmination of six years of marine biodiversity survey work in the Kimberley and more than a year of digital production design.

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  • WA Museum-Perth

    New chapter for WA Museum at State Library of WA

    News | Created 15 Jun 2016

    The Western Australian Museum and State Library of Western Australia are joining forces from July this year, with a space sharing arrangement that will see elements of the Museum’s popular family-based Discovery Centre remain in the heart of the Perth Cultural Centre.

    From next month, the Museum will open a new Discovery Zone at the State Library while work is carried out to build a New Museum for Western Australia.

    The Museum will also operate a combined Library and Museum shop stocking a diverse range of products from both organisations.

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