What's New

  • 5 Sep 2018

    Exhibition brings Ancient Rome to WA for the first time

     

    A new exhibition that transports visitors back 2,000 years to one of the most epic, technologically significant times in the history of mankind will open in Western Australia for the first time.

    Ancient Rome: Explore the Empire that Shaped the World opens at the Museum of the Goldfields on Saturday 15 September and will tour both regional and metro WA Museums.

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    Hillary Henry

  • 21 Aug 2018

    A Ticket to Paradise?

     

    A Greek girl sent across the world to marry a man she’d never met, an African journalist fleeing for his life, and a stateless baby born in India to Iranian parents. They’re just some of the human stories that feature in A Ticket to Paradise? opening Saturday 1 September at the Museum of Geraldton.

    The touring exhibition from the National Archives of Australia examines the rich diversity of Australian immigrants and the government’s ambitious plans after World War Two to encourage mass migration.

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    Hillary Henry

  • "Old b&w photo shows three young men looking at large whale skeleton."

    14 Aug 2018

    Name the Blue Whale

    We’re calling for the people of WA to help us give our whale a name.

    We were inspired by our colleagues at the Natural History Museum in London, whose stunning blue whale skeleton went on display last year.  They named their whale Hope, as a symbol of humanity's power to shape a sustainable future.

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    New Museum Project

  • "A woman holds up a small chalkboard that reads 'Karla'. Text reads 'Home'."

    13 Aug 2018

    One State, many languages

    The New Museum will share stories from all over Western Australia, focusing on the many communities and cultures that make up our State.  We are encouraging people to share stories in the way they would like them told, and in the language that is important to them.

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    New Museum Project

  • 13 Aug 2018

    Remarkable images of nature on show at WA Shipwrecks Museum in Fremantle

     

    The 2017 Australian Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year collection is now on display at the WA Shipwrecks Museum in Cliff St, Fremantle, until Sunday 26 August.

    It includes a visually striking image of a crowd of spider crabs (Leptomithrax gaimardii) and a predatory Maori octopus (Octopus maorum), which is the overall winner of the annual competition run by the South Australian Museum.

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    Hillary Henry

  • 13 Aug 2018

    Build-a-Bug

    All insects have: three main body parts, three pairs of legs (six all together), skeletons on the outside of their body (exoskeletons), specialised eyes, mouths and legs for their way of life.

    To communicate these fabulous facts in a fun way we developed a 'Build-a-Bug' activity. It is a fun activity where children and their famillies can mix up the elements of an insect to design their own crazy critter. This will be part of the programs available in the Life gallery.

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    New Museum Project

  • "A woman looks a young girl, who looks back at her smiling."

    13 Aug 2018

    Because of Her, We Can

    Stories of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women and the roles they play in supporting family and community will be featured throughout the New Museum. 

    We are consulting with people from around the State to share stories about women who have influenced the lives of others and championed the rights of Aboriginal people in our State.

    So when the theme for this year’s NAIDOC Week was announced we were really excited to get involved and hear more about the incredible women of Western Australia. 

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    New Museum Project

  • "Construction site showing large metal structural beams against a blue sky."

    13 Aug 2018

    Steel Trusses Soar Above Site

    The steel trusses are in place for the New Museum. Image copyright WA Museum 

    If you haven’t noticed already, the New Museum is BIG! 

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    New Museum Project

  • 13 Aug 2018

    Transcribing a Snapshot in Time

    The Museum's Library is celebrating another milestone.

    Starting in 2005, Anne Gunson is our most senior volunteer. Recently she completed the monumental task of cataloguing and transcribing David Ride’s 42 field notebooks.

    David Ride was the Director of the Western Australian Museum from 1952-74. His travels throughout WA during his time with the Museum were extensive and his collection of specimens remains remarkable.

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    Western Australian Museum

  • A micro-CT scan of a sponge barnacle inside its host sponge. most of the sponge tissue has been removed from the image revealing the barnacle within.

    10 Aug 2018

    Australia's Diverse Sponge Barnacles

    When people think of barnacles they normally picture a small, conical shell clinging to rocks at low tide or to ships’ hulls and normally thought of as being a nuisance. What most people don’t realise is that barnacles are crustaceans (so closely related to crabs and shrimps) that have specialised and adapted to almost every marine environment, from the depths of over 5000m to being exposed at low tide for hours a day.

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    Blog entry
    Andrew Hosie

  • 9 Aug 2018

    Museum researchers identify new populations of one of WA’s rarest and most bizarre animals

    A team of researchers led by scientists from the Western Australian Museum has identified two new populations of one of WA’s rarest and most bizarre animals, the blind cave eel.

    The finds were made in two locations in the remote Pilbara region of Western Australia.

    The blind cave eel, Ophisternon candidum, is one of Australia’s least-known fishes and is the longest cave fish in the world, growing up to 40cm long.

    It is one of only three Australian vertebrates known to be entirely restricted to underground waters such as caves and wells. 

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    Hillary Henry

  • 7 Aug 2018

    One State, many languages

    In the New Museum we are sharing stories from around Western Australia and focusing on the many communities and cultures that make up our State.

    As we interview people, we are encouraging people to share stories in the way they would like them told, and in the language that is important to them.

    To highlight the importance of language we partnered with the Office of Multicultural Interests (OMI) to develop a video and language resource kit for Languages Week 2018. Both these resources will be used in the New Museum for the Voices gallery.

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    New Museum Project

  • 6 Aug 2018

    Celebrate National Science Week with the WA Museum

    Metropolitan Sites

    The Western Australian Museum is ready to celebrate National Science Week this year with fun, hands-on and educational activities throughout the metropolitan area.

    There will be something for everyone with fascinating activities ranging from the world of maritime archaeology, virtual realities, marine art, becoming a citizen scientist, and behind-the-scenes tours.

     

    WA SHIPWRECKS MUSEUM
    Cliff Street, Fremantle

     

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    Hillary Henry

  • 2 Aug 2018

    Exhibition celebrates Western Australia’s majestic coastline

    Photographs showcasing the beauty of the Western Australian coast will be on display at the Museum of the Great Southern from Monday 6 August.

    Our WA Coastline features images taken by Western Australian Photographic Federation camera club members.

    The museum’s Acting Regional Manager, Catherine Salmaggi, said the exhibition showcases images reflecting the diversity of the majestic Western Australian coastline and how we can positively interact with it.

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    Hillary Henry

  • Caption: Devil's Lair.

    25 Jul 2018

    Museum Field Trips: Devil's Lair

    An important part of our Anthropology and Archaeology Department’s work is helping to care for culturally significant sites in Western Australia.

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    Article
    Xavier Leenders

  • Four rare fossil teeth, probably ranging in size from newborn to adult animals, from the previously undiscovered shark, Squalicorax mutabilis

    20 Jul 2018

    WA Museum team discovers three new species of sharks that thrived in the age of dinosaurs

    Western Australian Museum researchers have discovered fossilised teeth from three previously unknown shark species, one of which apparently thrived in WA more than 90 million years ago during an extreme global warming event.

    The teeth were found in ancient rocks of marine origin, which today are exposed more than 100 metres above sea level in the lower Murchison River area.

    The finds were made by a WA Museum team led by renowned fossil shark expert Dr Mikael Siversson, the Head of the Museum’s Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences.

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    Flora Perrella

  • Photo entitled 'We are not alone'

    20 Jul 2018

    Astrofest exhibition returns to Museum of Geraldton

    A stunningly beautiful astrophotography exhibition is on display at the Museum of Geraldton from today until 20 August 2018.

    Since its inception in 2009, Astrofest has become one of the largest science events in Western Australia, and is the only astronomy event of its kind and scale in Australia. The festival is an Astronomy WA event and is coordinated by the International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research.

    A highlight of the festival is the astrophotography exhibition, which is curated by Dr John Goldsmith of Celestial Visions.

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    News
    Sharna Craig

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