7 Sep 2018
5 Sep 2018
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.
21 Aug 2018
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.
14 Aug 2018
New Museum Project
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.
13 Aug 2018
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
Western Australian Museum
10 Aug 2018
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.
9 Aug 2018
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.
7 Aug 2018
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.
6 Aug 2018
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
3 Aug 2018
A sea slug that inhabits the waters off the north-west coast of Western Australia has officially been named after the State’s fly-in, fly-out (FIFO) workers.
The sea slug—Moridilla fifo—was officially named in a paper published in the latest issue of the Records of the Western Australian Museum written by researchers Dr Leila Carmona and Dr Nerida Wilson.
2 Aug 2018
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.
25 Jul 2018
An important part of our Anthropology and Archaeology Department’s work is helping to care for culturally significant sites in Western Australia.
20 Jul 2018
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.
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.