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.

  • Inside: Life in Children's Homes and Institutions

    Temporary Exhibition | Updated 2 months ago

    Inside: Life in Children's Homes and Institutions is an exhibition based on the experiences of people who grew up in Children's Homes, orphanages and other 'care' institutions in Australia in the 20th century.

    It is only recently that the history of these children and the experiences they endured are being more broadly written and discussed. The treatment they received has often affected their whole lives and the legacies of their experiences continue to impact on following generations.

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  • Two grass trees burning at night

    Ialaru: A Celebration Exhibition

    Temporary Exhibition | Updated 4 months ago

    Yirra Yaakin celebrates 21 years as WA’s leading Aboriginal performing arts company with an exhibition at the Western Australian Museum – Perth.

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  • Exhibition hero image for SASR - Out of the Shadows

    SASR - Out of the Shadows

    Temporary Exhibition | Updated 3 months ago

    Fifty-years of the Special Air Service Regiment in art and artefacts.

    Out of the Shadows is an exclusive glimpse into the secret world of Australia’s Special Air Service Regiment, marking the Golden Jubilee of the Regiment’s formation in 1964.

    From the jungles of Borneo and Vietnam, to counter-terrorism, to peacekeeping in Rwanda, Somalia and Timor, to the present day war on terror in Afghanistan, this exhibition uses art and artefacts to portray the reality behind the SASR motto, “Who dares wins”.

    A free exhibition

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  • Samuel Hodgkinson photographed with items similar to those stolen by his convict ancestor William Bellamy.

    A Convict in the Family?

    Temporary Exhibition | Updated 6 months ago

    A Convict in the Family? is a photographic exhibition which unlocks the history of 40 living Australians and connects them with their convict heritage.

    Comprising large-scale photographs by documentary photographer Mine Konakci, this exhibition explores the connection between convict settlers, their living descendants and the petty crimes that changed the course of their family history.

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

    Aurelio Costarella - A 30 year retrospective

    Temporary Exhibition | Updated 7 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.

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  • Rosie by Angela Robertson-Buchanan, New South Wales

    The Australian Geographic ANZANG Nature Photographer of the Year

    Temporary Exhibition | Updated 8 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.

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  • A visibly cloudy storm front dramatically approaching the shoreline

    On Badimaya Country

    Temporary Exhibition | Updated 8 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.

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

    Frock Stars: Inside Australian Fashion Week

    Temporary Exhibition | Updated 9 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

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  • A man passionately playing guitar

    Kiss My Camera 2013

    Temporary Exhibition | Updated 11 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.

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    Temporary Exhibition | Updated 9 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.

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