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  • Male Draculoides anachoretus

    28 Oct 2020

    Researchers count 13 new species of fanged arachnids in the Pilbara

    Researchers from the Western Australian Museum and The University of Western Australian have discovered 13 new species of the elusive ‘spricket’ in Australia’s north-west, a creature that looks like a cross between a spider and a cricket and is only around 3mm long and 0.5mm wide.

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    Flora Perrella

  • 24 Aug 2020

    Win a Broome Adventure

    The Foundation for the WA Museum and Channel 7 are giving you a chance to win a once in a lifetime Broome adventure worth up to $40,000! 

    You and a friend could win return flights to Broome, a five-night luxury adventure aboard True North AND five nights at Cable Beach Club.

    To find out more visit https://fwam.com.au/2020Lottery

     

     

     

     

     

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  • Field Guide to the Seastars of Australia

    8 Jun 2020

    Comprehensive field guide to seastars captures esteemed 60-year career

    To mark World Oceans Day, renowned Western Australian Museum scientist 90-year-old Loisette Marsh launched her magnum opus – Field Guide to the Seastars of Australia.

    WA Museum CEO Alec Coles said Ms Marsh was one of only two scientists in Australia who specialised in echinoderms (the group of marine invertebrates that includes seastars, brittle stars, sea cucumbers, sea urchins, sand dollars, and crinoids) taxonomy, making this book a significant contribution to science.

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    Flora Perrella

  • Ocean, red dirt and car driving along a dusty road - aerial shot.

    4 Jun 2020

    WA Museums reopen this weekend!

    All Western Australian Museum sites will reopen to visitors on Saturday, 6 June.

    We cannot wait to welcome people back to our sites, and we can assure everyone that the health and well-being of our visitors, staff, volunteers and contractors is our single most important priority.

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    Katherine Jeffries

  • Garypus ranalliorum

    2 Jun 2020

    Nine new species of pseudoscorpions from Indo-West Pacific

    Nine new species of pseudoscorpions have been described by Western Australian Museum scientists.

    Previously there were 26 species of the Garypus pseudoscorpion known to science, and, of those, only a few came from the Indo-West Pacific region.

    Head of Terrestrial Zoology at the WA Museum Dr Mark Harvey and his colleagues Dr Joel Huey, Jose Carvajal, and Mia Hillyer recently published a paper naming the new species. The discoveries are a result of the WA Museum’s review of national and international museum specimens.

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    Flora Perrella

  • Under the Dome: Whale Super Highway

    5 Mar 2020

    WA’s own Whale Super Highway

    One of the greatest animal migrations on the planet takes place along the Western Australian coast every year. From the Kimberley’s Camden Sound to the freezing waters of Antarctica, this 6,500km route is taken by some of the largest animals on Earth, Humpback Whales.

    The WA Maritime Museum is showcasing this extraordinary migration in a superb immersive film experience, Under the Dome: Whale Super Highway. This 180-degree cinematic adventure takes a stunning look at the life of these gentle giants as they make their journey.

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    Flora Perrella

  • RV Falkor

    4 Mar 2020

    Illuminating the biodiversity of the Ningaloo Canyons

    The unique creatures of the Ningaloo Canyons will be studied and catalogued by researchers from the Western Australian Museum in an expedition to the largely unexplored deep sea environment.

    The researchers, led by Western Australian Museum Molecular Systematics Unit Manager Dr Nerida Wilson, will set sail from Fremantle on March 8 aboard the research vessel RV Falkor.

    The 82m Falkor is owned by the Schmidt Ocean Institute, which was established by Eric and Wendy Schmidt in 2009.

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    Flora Perrella

  • A 14cm tall shark tooth belonging to a Carcharocles megalodon found in hard limestone rock at Cape Range National Park

    3 Mar 2020

    Prehistoric shark teeth found in Western Australia

    Cape Range National Park near Exmouth was once a feeding ground for some of the largest prehistoric predators that ever lived in Earth’s oceans.

    Western Australian Museum scientists made the discovery when they uncovered 38 teeth belonging to Carcharocles megalodon, a prehistoric shark that research suggests grew to between 15 and 19 metres in length.

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    Sharna Craig

  • Otto the Blue Whale

    28 Jan 2020

    Iconic blue whale skeleton returns to the New Museum

    Western Australia’s iconic and much-loved blue whale is back, ready for the New Museum opening in November 2020!

    Premier Mark McGowan and Culture and the Arts Minister David Templeman this morning announced the spectacular new display in Western Australia’s New Museum. The 24-metre blue whale skeleton has been excitingly suspended in a dynamic ‘lunge-feeding’ pose in the heritage-listed Hackett Hall building.

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    Katherine Jeffries

  • Caption: Terpios hoshinota in the Kimberley

    12 Dec 2019

    Encrusting sponge found in Kimberley coral reefs

    The coral-killing sponge Terpios hoshinota has been detected in the Kimberley for the first time by scientists from the Western Australian Museum.

    Terpios hoshinota is commonly referred to as ‘black disease’ because of its colour and because it overgrows both live and dead coral. It has been reported in many areas of the Indo-Pacific, including the Great Barrier Reef, but has not previously been found in Western Australian waters.

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    Katherine Jeffries

  • HMAS Ovens, an Oberon class submarine, located outside the WA Maritime Museum

    5 Dec 2019

    SOS - Save Our Sub!


    The Foundation of the WA Museum is seeking your support to repair and repaint the iconic submarine HMAS Ovens.

    The significance of HMAS Ovens

    Ovens is an Oberon class submarine which served for over 30 years.

    Named after the Irish Australian Explorer John Ovens (1788-1825), Ovens is not only one of Fremantle’s best known landmarks, it is a critical item in the State’s museum collections and a significant part of Australia’s naval history.

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    Katherine Jeffries

  • Caption: New Museum for Western Australia

    4 Dec 2019

    New Museum for WA shortlisted for national construction award

    Western Australia's New Museum is among six national finalists for the 2020 Australian Construction Achievement Award.

    The award showcases world-class solutions and excellence in construction projects.

    The New Museum submission highlighted the delivery of the project as a landmark cultural infrastructure project for the State, integrating contemporary architecture with stunning heritage-listed buildings.

    Construction of the Museum includes the new building, heritage restoration works and a central energy plant servicing the Perth Cultural Centre.

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    Katherine Jeffries

  • Ancient Rome: Epic innovators and engineers

    3 Dec 2019

    Innovation and inspiration from the Roman Empire

    An exhibition that transports visitors back more than 2,000 years to one of the most technologically significant times in the history of the western world opens at the WA Maritime Museum this Saturday, 7 December.

    Western Australian Museum CEO Alec Coles said Ancient Rome: Epic innovators and engineers showcases the military genius of the Roman Army, the inspiring technology used to construct Rome, and the innovations that helped develop and maintain the Roman Empire for centuries.

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    Flora Perrella

  • A remotely operated vehicle being used to take photo and video images of the wreck of HMAS Sydney II. Image courtesy Curtin University and the WA Museum

    30 Oct 2019

    Stunning underwater images throw light on Australia’s worst naval disaster

    For more than 66 years the wrecks of two ships destroyed in what is still Australia’s worst ever naval disaster sat silently on the ocean floor, their location a mystery.

    HMAS Sydney II and the German raider HSK Kormoran both sank after a short, fierce battle in November 1941. 81 men from Kormoran died. All 645 men on Sydney were lost.

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    Flora Perrella

  • Sor Kobir 1, Andrew Passi - Mer (Murray Island), Meriam Mer language group, Gabi Titui Cultural Centre

    22 Oct 2019

    Striking mask exhibition opens at Museum of Geraldton

    An exhibition of 12 striking masks and related cultural materials celebrating the rich and continuing tradition of mask making in Zenadh Kes (Torres Strait) opens this Saturday, 26 October, at the Museum of Geraldton.

    On display for the first time in Western Australia, Evolution: Torres Strait Masks explores the long-standing importance of ceremonial masks in Torres Strait culture, and how they influence contemporary art forms.

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    Flora Perrella

  • Calyptorete falkorae

    2 Oct 2019

    Exciting marine discovery in deep sea canyon off Perth

    A biodiversity expedition to the Perth Canyon Marine Park – described by international experts as one of Australia’s subsea treasures – has discovered five new species of deep sea glass sponges, exciting scientists about the prospect of further exploration and future discoveries.

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    Flora Perrella

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