New Museum

  • People celebrate the Yes vote, waving LGBQTI flags and a large screen in the background has YES displayed

    30 Nov 2017

    Love wins in WA

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    The New Museum for WA will reflect our State’s past, present and future.  Moments in our history will be shared through the new exhibitions using first-person stories, important objects, and incredible new displays.

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    Erika Jellis

  • Man stands on ladder reaching to prune grapevine.

    30 Nov 2017

    Australia's oldest grapevine?

    You’ve probably heard the term ‘heritage buildings’, but what about ‘heritage plants’?  On the site of the New Museum we have grapevines that are part of WAs heritage. They are being meticulously cared for while construction is taking place.

    Image copyright WA Museum 

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  • Two woman stand at a table talking, on the table are three spears from the WAM collection.

    30 Nov 2017

    Pride of place: Wadjuk/Whadjuk boodja

    When visitors come to the New Museum in the Perth Cultural Centre in 2020, they will be welcomed onto Wadjuk/Whadjuk land.  As the host peoples of the land on which the New Museum is being developed, we are working closely with Wadjuk/Whadjuk community members to determine ways to represent their stories, traditions and cultural materials in the exhibitions and design.

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  • 29 Nov 2017

    Welcome to Western Australia! The spirit of campground hosts

    In the Voices gallery of the New Museum we are showcasing the spirit of our people, including the ways in which Western Australians come together through volunteering and other community activities.

    In Western Australia’s national parks there are a number of special volunteers who make camping and travelling in WA a truly unique experience. Campground hosts are volunteers with the Parks and Wildlife Service in the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions, and they support the vital work of national park rangers.

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  • three toddlers and two adults sit around a table crafting

    29 Nov 2017

    The way we play

    In the Discovery Zone at the State Library of WA a group of inquisitive and curious and children have been participating in new hands-on programs, and letting us know what they think.  As they play, explore, experiment and solve problems they are also helping us shape new programs for young audiences that will be delivered in the New Museum.

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  • Man stands next to the BIF Slab

    23 Oct 2017

    What is the BIF slab?

    It weighs 8.8 tonne (roughly a third the weight of a bus), it’s 2.5 metres high and 3 metres wide (one and half time higher and three and half times wider than an average doorway), and it’s about 3,000 million years old.

    And it tells the story of Western Australia.

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    New Museum Project

  • Dual images show portraits of Shona Coyne (left) and Lindsay Dean (right)

    26 Sep 2017

    Liaising with the Great Southern

    Lindsay Dean and Shona Coyne have been engaged as Community Liaison Officers in the Great Southern region.

    Community Liaison Officer engagements focus on projects being developed for the New Museum in collaboration with Aboriginal communities.

     

    What a wonderful opportunity to showcase our culture, people and Dreaming stories in the Great Southern.

    Lindsay Dean 2017

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    Erika Jellis

  • 26 Sep 2017

    Exmouth anniversary

    We were delighted to help celebrate the town of Exmouth’s 50 year anniversary with the 'Memory Room' project.

    For three days of anniversary celebrations (15-17 September) we turned part of the new Ningaloo Centre into the ‘Memory Room’ - a space for sharing photographs and stories about the history of the town.

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    Erika Jellis

  • 26 Sep 2017

    Peeking behind the scenes

    Last month a group of curators and managers from the Local Government Museums Network (LGMN) explored the Museum's Collection and Research Centre (CRC) in Welshpool. 

    Walking in to the CRC is like entering a treasure trove - with incredible artefacts, extraordinary specimens and wondrous objects. The WA Museum is the custodian of the State’s collection of more than 8.5 million objects and specimens mostly stored at the CRC.

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    Erika Jellis

  • 22 Sep 2017

    Surprised while sunbathing on Binningup Beach

    Back in 1984, Theresa and Kathleen were minding their own business while sunbathing on Binningup Beach (just north of Bunbury), when they heard a terrifying noise. At first they thought it was a gun-shot. They certainly never suspected they were about to become part of WA history.

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    Erika Jellis

  • Young and older volunteers working at the catering station

    22 Sep 2017

    Dowerin Field Days volunteers

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    WA Museum staff Natalie Evans, Neville Dowson and Renae Woodhams headed to Dowerin in August to meet a group of dedicated volunteers who work behind the scenes to keep the GWN Machinery Field Days humming. This is what they found out.

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    Erika Jellis

  • 26 Jul 2017

    WA Faces of Kalgoorlie-Boulder

    Kalgoorlie-Boulder was (and is) called the 'Land of the Kulgula's. It is the significant meeting place for the many nations in the Goldfields region. Seventy thousand years later we are still meeting here, living and celebrating our vibrant culture. 

    Tina, Kalgoorlie 2017

     

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    Erika Jellis

  • Two workers holding the straps around a large chiller.  The chiller is about to be craned onto the roof of the Art Gallery of WA

    21 Jul 2017

    Perth Cultural Centre wired for savings

    Check out this chiller being craned onto the Art Gallery of Western Australia's roof. It's part of the Perth Cultural Centre's new central energy plant, which is being delivered as part of the New Museum Project.  It is expected to reduce the energy use and carbon emissions of the cultural buildings by up to 40 per cent from 2020. The plant’s full benefits will be realised after the New Museum opens in 2020.

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  • Curator handing a shell to a man, woman to his left and children to his right.

    11 Jul 2017

    Community panels shaping the New Museum

    Every three months a group of sixty community members come together to discuss the New Museum Project and provide insight into how the building and content should take shape.

    They come from around Western Australia, from as far away as Meekatharra and Albany and as close as the Perth metro area. They represent many aspects of WA’s diverse communities and bring their ideas, experiences, and love of great museums, buildings and public spaces to the conversation.

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  • The Last Day at the Museum – Family Open Day

    27 Jun 2016

    The Last Day at the Museum – Family Open Day

    The Last Day at the Museum – Family Open Day, held on 18 June, was a great success and gave many Western Australian's the chance to say goodbye to the Western Australian Museum – Perth before it closed it's doors in preparation for works to begin on the New Museum.

     

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