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  • 26 Aug 2019

    Experience Antarctica at the Museum of Geraldton

    A spectacular virtual reality adventure that takes viewers on a once-in-a-lifetime journey to the mysterious continent of Antarctica will open at the Museum of Geraldton on Friday 30 August. The Antarctica Experience uses the latest 360-degree, high-definition virtual reality technology to transport viewers to the frozen continent where they’ll explore Antarctica from a helicopter cockpit, get up close to an adorable penguin colony, and witness the spectacular Southern Lights.

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    Flora Perrella

  • Healthy corals in the intertidal zone at Montelivet Island

    26 Aug 2019

    Central Kimberley reef communities survive global coral bleaching

    Remote reef communities in the central inshore Kimberley survived the 2016 global bleaching event, giving hope to Western Australian marine scientists looking to find ways to combat the effects of climate change.

    A recent publication confirms the breakthrough discovery by a team of Western Australian Museum scientists. The researchers examined the composition and health of marine organisms at 13 coral reef sites in the Bonaparte Archipelago – a largely inaccessible area of the inshore central Kimberley.

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    Hillary Henry

  • Healthy corals in the intertidal zone at Montelivet Island

    26 Aug 2019

    Central Kimberley reef communities survive global coral bleaching

    Remote reef communities in the central inshore Kimberley survived the 2016 global bleaching event, giving hope to Western Australian marine scientists looking to find ways to combat the effects of climate change.

    A recent publication confirms the breakthrough discovery by a team of Western Australian Museum scientists. The researchers examined the composition and health of marine organisms at 13 coral reef sites in the Bonaparte Archipelago – a largely inaccessible area of the inshore central Kimberley.

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    Hillary Henry

  • ‘The Fighting Dragons’ by Brendan Mitchell. Winner of Best astrophoto.

    1 Aug 2019

    Celebrate astronomy with the Museum of Geraldton

    An out-of-this-world exhibition featuring stunning images of star trails, night-scapes, and the solar system will be on display at the Museum of Geraldton from 2 August.

    The 2019 Astrofest Astrophotography Exhibition, supported by the International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research, celebrates the best of Western Australian astro-photographers who have recorded stunning astronomical landscape images in locations throughout Western Australia and beyond.

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    Flora Perrella

  • Overall winner of the 2018 Australian Geographic Photographer of the Year competition- ‘Hide and Seek’ by Tracey Jennings.

    25 Jul 2019

    Captivating images of the natural world on show at the Museum of the Great Southern

    The 2018 Australian Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year collection will go on display at the Museum of the Great Southern on Thursday 1 August.

    The stunning exhibition, produced by the South Australian Museum, celebrates the beauty of the natural world through photographs by professional, emerging and amateur photographers who have shown impeccable timing, artistry and technique to capture our extraordinary world. As ever, there is an extremely impressive junior section.

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    Flora Perrella

  • 3 Jul 2019

    Planet Shark: Predator or Prey

    From this Saturday the WA Maritime Museum is shining a light into the world of some of the most misunderstood animals on Earth, sharks.

    Western Australian Museum CEO Alec Coles said the Museum’s latest exhibition Planet Shark: Predator or Prey, developed by Grande Exhibitions with assistance from experts in sharks, aquariums, and ocean cinematography, travelled through Europe and the US with a determined focus on creating a greater understanding of these incredible animals.

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    Flora Perrella

  • 28 Jun 2019

    WA Museum celebrates strong relationship with the Netherlands

    The Ambassador to Australia of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Her Excellency Mrs Marion Derckx, has taken a hard hat tour of WA’s New Museum site in the Perth Cultural Centre to see first-hand where some of the stories of our significant shared cultural heritage will be on display.

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    Hillary Henry

  • World Oceans Day

    6 Jun 2019

    World Oceans Day

    The Western Australian Museum’s Aquatic Zoology department boasts a wide collection of specimens ranging from tiny crustaceans to large shark skeletons. These specimens are either wet specimens preserved in alcohol or dry specimens stored in glass jars.

    Diving head first during fieldwork expeditions, we have a dedicated team of researchers who are responsible for building and contributing to these collections and the stories behind the specimens.

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  • Barnacle Lepas anserifera

    6 Jun 2019

    Barnacles: The Forgotten Species

    Imagine spending most of your life standing on your head and eating with your feet. Sounds impossible? Well, that’s exactly how barnacles spend most of their lives.

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  • Micro-molluscs

    6 Jun 2019

    Never Underestimate The Power Of Molluscs

    Ranging from snails to clams to octopus, Molluscs are the second largest group of marine invertebrates (animals without a backbone). Dr Lisa Kirkendale, Curator of Molluscs in the Western Australian Museum describes these invertebrates as 4 groups:

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  • Goniobranchus leopardus

    6 Jun 2019

    Nudibranchs, The Rock Stars Of Our Oceans

    Brightly coloured and slow-moving, these creatures are pretty easy to identify and hard to forget once you’ve seen them. Nudibranchs are mesmerizing sea slugs that gracefully slither across our oceans.

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  • Underwater diver Dr Jane Formont

    6 Jun 2019

    Ocean Cleaners Under Threat

    When you think of sponges, the first thing that comes to mind would probably be the cleaning sponge in your kitchen. Believe it or not, those cleaning sponges used to come from the ocean. Divers walked along ocean floors plucking sponges off the sea bottom.

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  • The crew of a pearl lugger, Broome, c. 1900–20

    29 May 2019

    Dive into the gritty story of the pearling industry and its people

    Lustre: Pearling & Australia, an exhibition showcasing the unique and important role that pearls and pearling have played in our nation’s history, returns to Western Australia for its premier regional tour opening at the Museum of the Goldfields this Saturday 25 May 2019.

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    Hillary Henry

  • WA Museum entomologist Dr Nik Tatarnic explores insect life with young people.

    28 May 2019

    New Museum will champion WA STEM Skills Strategy

    For more than 125 years the Western Australian Museum has applied Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) expertise to identifying and documenting our State’s natural history for the benefit of future generations. When the New Museum for WA opens in the Perth Cultural Centre next year, it will be a key platform for promoting and encouraging STEM culture across all sections of the community.

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    Hillary Henry

  •  Group burial Beacon Island (2017).

    24 May 2019

    Western Australian Museum wins MAGNA Award for shipwreck research

    The Western Australian Museum, on behalf of a broad partnership, has won a prestigious Museums and Galleries National Award for international best practice in research for work on some of Australia’s earliest shipwrecks. The research uses new technology and techniques to improve our understanding of the past.

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    Hillary Henry

  • 22 May 2019

    Professor Barbara York Main, OAM

    27 January 1929–14 May 2019

    By Dr Mark Harvey, Head of the Department of Arachnology for Western Australian Museum

    The Lady of the Spiders, Barbara Main (nee York), left a consummate scientific and literary legacy that was generated by her passion for the natural environment, dedicating her working life to documenting the spiders and other invertebrate inhabitants of Australia.

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  • 21 May 2019

    Win a trip to London and a $1000 wardrobe from DFO!

    To celebrate the fashion icon that is Kylie Minogue, and in homage to Kylie on Stage currently on display at the WA Maritime Museum, you could win a trip for 2 to London with $3,000 spending money and a $1,000 wardrobe from the outlet fashion capital of Perth, DFO!

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    Western Australian Museum

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