New Museum

  • Children walking on stilt-like equipment in a play space

    24 Oct 2018

    Perth Cutural Centre play space is open to explore

    When major construction of the New Museum got under way, we had to install hard fences around the Museum to secure the site and protect visitors as they walked past.

    The play space in the Perth Cultural Centre needed to be within this fence line, as it was right in the middle of an area where scaffolding and equipment was being installed.

    We know the space play space is popular with young people and their families so a new home was planned within the Cultural Centre.

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  • "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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  • "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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  • 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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  • "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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  • "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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  • 30 May 2018

    Volunteers Helping to Shape the New Museum

    In the New Museum Voices gallery we have a story area that looks at the way Western Australians like to relax and be entertained. And for Perth, no entertainment story would be complete without a focus on Northbridge.

    To help us develop this story, one of the Museum’s wonderful volunteers explored aspects of the history of the area, from the early twentieth century to today.

    Josh joined our History Department volunteer team after completing a student placement for his Masters of Heritage Studies at the University of Western Australia.

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  • "A group of workers stop of a break on top of a railway line."

    30 May 2018

    World Record History

    Marani Greatorex is a cadet with the WA Museum. She worked on the World Track Laying Record exhibition, engaging with community members to record and share their story.

    She writes about the project and how it’s being developed for the New Museum.

    World Record History:

    On May 8, 1968 a track laying crew involving mostly Torres Strait Islander workers broke the world record for laying the greatest length of railway in a single day.

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  • "Chapel with religious cross and alter with yellow and white fabric within a stone building."

    30 Apr 2018

    Heritage Trail Drawing Tourists to Regional WA

    In the New Museum Voices gallery we’re looking at how regional Western Australia has changed over time and the creative ways communities are sustaining their local economy. 

    Mullewa is a farming community in the heart of the Mid-West located an hour's drive east from Geraldton.  The surrounding areas farm wheat and cereal and the town is a central location for processing and distributing grains.  It is also a great location to see Western Australia’s spectacular wildflowers.

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