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  • Artists sought for public art at New Museum

    News | Created 11 Feb 2016

    • $1.6 million allocated for public art at the new museum
    • Public art to reflect and interpret the stories of Western Australia
    • Artist teams to develop either a single work or multiple works

    Artist teams are being asked to register their interest in creating the public art for Western Australia’s new museum.

    Culture and the Arts Minister John Day said the public art would reflect and interpret the stories of WA.

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  • Newly discovered Xenoturbella hollandorum crawling over an American dime. Image courtesy Greg Rouse and Nerida Wilson.

    Four new deep-sea Xenoturbella species discovered

    News | Created 4 Feb 2016

    Four new species of Xenoturbella have been discovered living in the deep waters of the eastern Pacific Ocean by a team of scientists from the Western Australian Museum, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, and the Monterey Bay Aquarium & Research Institute in the United States.

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  • Live music and harbour sunsets at the WA Maritime Museum

    News | Created 19 Jan 2016

    Fremantle will add another string to its creative bow when the WA Maritime Museum opens its doors to live music and sunset bars from Sunday 31 January.

    Western Australian Museum CEO Alec Coles said the Museum has partnered with RTRFM to bring Harbour Sundays to Fremantle for five consecutive weeks.

    “We will be hosting live music on the balcony of the Maritime Museum with a spectacular view across the river and out to the Indian Ocean.  There will be a licenced bar to help people fully enjoy the entertainment and the stunning sunsets!” Mr Coles said.

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  • Da Vinci Machines at WA Maritime Museum

    News | Created 15 Dec 2015

    Experience Leonardo da Vinci’s genius first-hand when Da Vinci Machines opens at the Western Australian Maritime Museum on Saturday 19 December.

    This exciting exhibition features 60 of his visionary inventions in the areas of flying machines, nautical innovations and machines of war, alongside 15 beautifully crafted replicas of famous da Vinci artworks.

    WA Museum CEO Alec Coles said the exhibition is an extraordinary and captivating experience.  

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  • Corporal James Davie Renner, 4th Divisional Signals Company, of Fremantle, Western Australia. Corporal Renner is appropriately dressed in a sheepskin vest during what was one of the coldest winters in decades on the Somme.

    Recent First World War discoveries at WA Museum – Kalgoorlie-Boulder

    News | Created 14 Dec 2015

    Visitors to the Western Australian Museum – Kalgoorlie-Boulder now have the opportunity to view the Australian War Memorial’s extraordinary travelling exhibition Remember me: the lost diggers of Vignacourt.

    WA Museum CEO Alec Coles said it was a privilege to display the unique First World War exhibition, an exquisite collection of black and white images printed from the original glass-plate negatives, as part of the Museum’s Centenary of Service commemorative calendar.

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  • Overall winner 'Feathered Symmetry' by David Stowe

    Nature photography exhibition to show at the WA Museum – Albany

    News | Created 10 Dec 2015

    The 2015 Australian Geographic ANZANG Nature Photographer of the Year collection will open at the Western Australian Museum – Albany this weekend, with Western Australian photographers winning two of the categories.

    The competition’s overall winning image ‘Feathered Symmetry’ by David Stowe will also be on display. Captured in New South Wales, it shows a white-winged tern (Chlidonias leucopterusI) stretching its wings, ready for take-off.

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  • Stories about Indigenous Australians at war presented at the Western Australian Museum – Perth

    News | Created 4 Dec 2015

    Touring exhibition Indigenous Australians at war from the Boer War to the present is now on display the Western Australian Museum – Perth tomorrow.

    The exhibition from the Shrine of Remembrance in Melbourne presents Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders’ stories from all over Australia.

    WA Museum CEO Alec Coles said it is important to acknowledge the Aboriginal men and women who served their country during wars.

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  • Australian submarine AE2 with crew on deck at Portsmouth, 1914. ANMM Collection gift from Mrs D Smyth.

    New exhibition at the WA Museum – Geraldton explores role of Royal Australian Navy in WWI

    News | Created 3 Dec 2015

    Touring exhibition War at Sea – the Navy in WWI opens at the Western Australian Museum – Geraldton this weekend.

    It tells the story of Australia’s first submarine AE1 which disappeared while patrolling the seas near present day New Guinea on 14 September 1914. No trace of the vessel or its 35 hands has been found to this day.

    WA Museum – Geraldton Manager Catherine Belcher said it is important to share the experiences of Australian sailors in the First World War.

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  • Santa outside the WA Museum - Kalgoorlie-Boulder

    Santa to visit the WA Museum – Kalgoorlie-Boulder’s beach

    News | Created 27 Nov 2015

    The Western Australian Museum – Kalgoorlie-Boulder is bringing the beach and a special guest to the Goldfields next weekend.

    To coincide with the annual Saint Barbara’s Festival, children will have the opportunity to meet Santa and participate in free activities during the Museum’s Open Day on Saturday 5 December.

    WA Museum – Kalgoorlie-Boulder Manager Zoe Scott said there will be art and craft activities, a hula hoop competition, face-painting, community stalls, water-based games, and lots of fun to be had on the beach.

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  • Migrant family on Welcome Walls targeted in a scam attempt

    News | Created 19 Nov 2015

    Joint Media Statement

    Consumer Protection and Western Australian Museum    

    A migrant family whose names appear on Fremantle’s Welcome Walls has been the target of a scam attempt, with Consumer Protection and the Western Australian Museum concerned that others in WA’s migrant community may also be targeted.

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  • Portals to the sea at the WA Maritime Museum

    News | Created 13 Nov 2015

    Portals: past present future is a thought provoking exhibition by local Western Australian artists that evokes the imagination of maritime exploration. The exhibition opens at the Western Australian Maritime Museum this Saturday, 14 November 2015.

    Portals offers a unique opportunity to experience the work of twenty three emerging and established local artists whose artworks were inspired by the Western Australian Maritime Museum Collection and the working Port of Fremantle.

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  • Tjawina Porter from Tjukurla (WA) 2014. Photo by Claire Freer © Tjanpi Desert Weavers NPY Women’s Council

    Contemporary Aboriginal fibre art showcased at the Western Australian Museum – Perth

    News | Created 5 Nov 2015

    An exhibition showcasing fibre work that has become a fundamental part of Central and Western Desert culture will be on display at the Western Australian Museum in Perth from Saturday 7 November.

    Pampa Mara Tjanpi: Tjanpi works by elderly women from the Ngaanyatjarra Lands  features an array of fibre artworks emerging from Tjanpi Desert Weavers, the dynamic social enterprise of the Ngaanyatjarra, Pitjantjatjara, Yankunytjatjara (NPY) Women’s Council.

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  • Victoria Laurie

    Discover Australia’s biodiversity hotspot at a free lecture

    News | Created 30 Oct 2015

    Explore a Western Australian treasure trove with award-winning journalist and author Victoria Laurie when she presents The Southwest: Australia’s biodiversity hotspot at the Western Australian Museum – Geraldton on Thursday 29 October.

    A fragile ecology that is home to over 150,000 species, the southwest area of Australia is one of only 34 such hotspots in the world and the only one on this continent.

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  • Japanese textile designs by Akira Isogawa

    Akira Isogawa at WA Museum supporting WA designers

    News | Created 23 Oct 2015

    Internationally renowned Australian designer Akira Isogawa and three up-and-coming WA designers he mentored in Japan will reunite at the Western Australian Museum – Perth next week, for their breathtaking textile and garment exhibition, 2015 Banshu-Ori.

    The exhibition will be on display at the WA Museum - Perth next week, from Monday 26 – Friday 30 October 2015.

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    WA’s first Dutch connections on display in Kalbarri

    News | Created 22 Oct 2015

    An exhibition encompassing the stories of the first recorded European (Dutch) landings in Shark Bay, Western Australia, will be on display at the Kalbarri Shire Offices from this Friday 23 October.

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

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  • British Museum exhibition bound for WA

    News | Created 6 Oct 2015

    The Western Australian Museum has achieved another international coup for Perth by securing the British Museum exhibition, A History of the World in 100 Objects from February 2016.

    Culture and the Arts Minister John Day said this was the third major international exhibition presented as part of the WA Museum's special relationship with the British Museum.

    "The WA Museum has done it again, securing this truly significant exhibition and showing it to Australian audiences first, before it continues on its national tour," he said.

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  • New Aboriginal art movement showcased at Western Australian Museum – Kalgoorlie-Boulder

    News | Created 16 Sep 2015

    An exhibition of unique works from an Aboriginal art movement emerging from the Western Desert will open this week at the Western Australian Museum – Kalgoorlie-Boulder.

    Warakurna: All the Stories Got into our Minds and Eyes features paintings and sculptures which were produced at Warakurna, a community at the foot of the Rawlinson Ranges in Western Australia, 300 kilometres west of Uluru (Ayers Rock), and will be on display from 19 September 2015.

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  • Stories about Indigenous Australians at war presented at the Western Australian Museum – Geraldton

    News | Created 16 Sep 2015

     

    Touring exhibition Indigenous Australians at war from the Boer War to the present opens at the Western Australian Museum – Geraldton this week.

    The exhibition from the Shrine of Remembrance in Melbourne presents Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders’ stories from all over Australia, including from the Mid West region of Western Australia.

    WA Museum – Geraldton Regional Manager Catherine Belcher said it is important to acknowledge the Aboriginal men and women who served their country during wars.

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