Past exhibitions

The Western Australian Museum has a strong touring exhibition program, including exhibitions designed and built by Museum staff and travelling exhibitions from national and international museums and galleries.

When an exhibition finishes you can find the online resources associated with that exhibition here.

  • Model wearing Aurelio Costarella's garments standing in front of stained-glass windows

    Temporary Exhibition | Updated 4 months ago

    Arguably Western Australia’s most successful designer, Aurelio Costarella has enjoyed a glittering career spanning 30 years. To celebrate his success and longevity, the Western Australian Museum is delighted to host Aurelio Costarella: A 30 Year Retrospective from 2 November 2013.

    This free, unique exhibition will give visitors the opportunity to step inside Aurelio’s world. Featuring exquisite garments, photographs, video and textiles, visitors can follow his progression from an emerging talent to the internationally renowned and celebrated designer he is today.

  • Rosie by Angela Robertson-Buchanan, New South Wales

    Temporary Exhibition | Updated 5 months ago

    The Australian Geographic ANZANG Nature Photographer of the Year is an exhibition of spectacular photographs which capture the breathtaking flora, fauna and landscapes of Australia, New Zealand, Antarctica and New Guinea.

    Compiled of entries from the annual ANZANG photography competition, this exhibition highlights the need for conservation and protection of these unique regions.

    The Australian Geographic ANZANG Nature Photographer of the Year is owned by the South Australian Museum.

  • A visibly cloudy storm front dramatically approaching the shoreline

    Temporary Exhibition | Updated 5 months ago

    On Badimaya Country is a joint photographic and language documentation project between the Combined Universities Centre for Regional Health, the Bundiyarra – Irra Wangga Language Centre in Geraldton, the Bidi Bidi Centre of the Mount Magnet community and the Mid West Development Commission via Royalties for Regions funding.

    Documenting a collection of experiences captured in photo and film over a 3-month period, the On Badimaya Country exhibition highlights the beautiful Aboriginal culture and country of the Badimaya people of Mount Magnet.

  • Frock Stars - Pink and red flower petal dress on a mannequin

    Temporary Exhibition | Updated 6 months ago

    Frock Stars: inside Australian Fashion Week, an exhibition created by the Powerhouse Museum in collaboration with IMG Fashion, takes you behind the scenes of Australia’s most prestigious annual fashion event, Australian Fashion Week.

    Experience the shows, sit front row, see who hangs out in the VIP lounge, watch footage from past and present collections, view some of the best outfits from Australian Fashion Week and hear exclusive interviews with designers, models and industry insiders!

    Frock Stars is a captivating behind-the-scenes look at the history, hig

  • A man passionately playing guitar

    Temporary Exhibition | Updated 8 months ago

    2013 marks the fifth anniversary of Kiss My Camera, presented by the West Australian Music Industry Association and Western Australian Museum as part of the WAMi Festival.

    This exhibition celebrates the amazing work of WA-based music photographers and features stunning images of WA artists and music venues. Visitors will get a unique insight into the industry and the diversity of acts on the local music scene.

  • Temporary Exhibition | Updated 6 months ago

    Discover WA’s fascinating scientific heritage through the colourful screen print paintings and time-lapse video constructions of Perth artist and graphic designer Miles Noel.

    Aided by National Science Week and Inspiring Australia funding, Miles created portraits of past and present West Australians such as engineer C Y O'Connor, early settler and botanist Georgiana Molloy, and geologist Philip Playford who have achieved great scientific innovation and discovery for WA - many enduring great struggles and triumphs in their endeavours to improve and advance our lives.

  • An historic fire engine

    Temporary Exhibition | Updated 7 months ago

     Built in 1924, and retired in 1965 after serving the citizens of Boulder for many years, the Dennis Fire Engine is out on display again. One of the Museum’s iconic artefacts, Dennis is popular with both locals and tourists for being big, red, brassy and … just Dennis!

    Dennis is on display until 18 October along with four fantastic veteran vehicles form the Kalgoorlie branch of the Veteran Car Club. These great cars range in age from 1927 to 1951, and showcase the development in leisure motoring during these decades.

  • Golden cartonnage mummy-mask and exhibition logo

    Temporary Exhibition | Updated 9 months ago

    Journey into an ancient Egyptian world of magic, mummies and mystery in a unique exhibition from the British Museum. Discover the spells, rituals and obstacles on the quest to the perfect afterlife.

    Secrets of the Afterlife features over 100 objects, from tiny amulets to intricate coffins carrying carved or painted texts and spells for the dead, as well as jewellery, models and sculpture which reflect the quest for eternal life, as well as the rituals and obstacles that might be faced in pursuit of the perfect afterlife.

  • a collage of photographs of art and people

    Temporary Exhibition | Updated 8 months ago

    The Restoring Hope Art Exhibition showcases the artwork of young people from refugee and migrant backgrounds as they share their stories of hope with the Western Australian community.

    To produce works for exhibition, young people from Katanning Senior High School, Aranmore Catholic College, North Lake Senior Campus, Edmund Rice Leadership Group and Australian Islamic College participated in workshops with local artists. From these workshops the participants created poetry, shadow puppets, photographs and visual art pieces that reflected the exhibition theme, Restoring Hope.

  • Temporary Exhibition | Updated 9 months ago

    Jimmy Pike was a great story-teller. Touched with a lively sense of humour, his art depicts the dynamism of life in the desert: waterholes, the landscape, animals and plants, as well as Ngarrangkarni or Dreamtime stories, people, and modern technology.

    Jimmy Pike’s Artlines is a selection of vibrant felt-tip pen drawings that bring the artist’s country in the Great Sandy Desert of Western Australia into glorious relief through renderings of spirit beings, flowers, stars and earthscapes.