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  • 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

  • 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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  •  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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  • 13 Mar 2019

    WA and UK researchers discover new species of extinct Australian mammal

    A team of researchers led by the Western Australian Museum and the Natural History Museum in London has discovered a new species of very small, incredibly fast extinct Australian Pig-footed Bandicoot.

    Dr Kenny Travouillon, Curator of Mammalogy at the WA Museum, said the discovery of Chaeropus yirratji is a breakthrough for science as little was known about the mammal previously.

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    Hillary Henry

  • 20 Feb 2019

    Captivating images of the natural world on show at the Museum of the Goldfields

    The 2018 Australian Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year collection will go on display at the Museum of the Goldfields on Monday 25 February.

    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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    Hillary Henry

  • "A woman is carefully explaining a Museum object to another woman at an exhibition."

    12 Feb 2019

    International Women's Day

    The Western Australian Museum is made up of various research departments, billions of years of history, and millions of objects.

    Working behind-the-scenes are people from all walks of life. Among our dedicated staff are passionate women who have helped to not only shape the Museum, but also our understanding of Western Australia and the world.

    This International Women's Day, Friday 8 March, we look at the stereotypes, role models, and challenges that girls and women may face during their education and careers.

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  • 2 Jan 2019

    Machines & Makers: displaying a healthy obsession for sewing machines

    Imagine a time when all clothes were stitched by hand. It is estimated that the invention and availability of the domestic sewing machine reduced the time to stitch an average shirt from 14 hours to just four hours. This was a turning point in history!

    Machines & Makers, a touring exhibition by ART ON THE MOVE, captures twelve artist’s responses to this truly revolutionary invention. It is on display at the Museum of the Goldfields until 10 February 2019.

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    Hillary Henry

  • 3 Dec 2018

    Museum of Geraldton prepares for Roman invasion

    A new exhibition that transports visitors back 2,000 years to one of the most epic, technologically significant times in the history of humankind will open at the Museum of Geraldton Saturday 8 December.

    Ancient Rome: The Empire that Shaped the World will provide visitors the opportunity to learn about the military genius of Julius Caesar, admire the disruptive innovations that held the Roman Empire together for centuries, and marvel at the awe-inspiring technology used to construct Rome, which became known as the Eternal City.

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  • Italian migrants arriving at Sydney, 1951.

    22 Nov 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 December at the Museum of the Great Southern.

    The new 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

  • 7 Nov 2018

    Museum pays tribute to the fallen with 10,000 hand-crafted cascading poppies

    More than 10,000 hand-crocheted poppies will cascade 20 meters down from the Museum of the Goldfields’ Ivanhoe headframe to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the end of World War One, and the world’s hope for a peaceful future.

    The Museum of the Goldfields will host the official dedication of the commemorative installation Poppies for Peace on Sunday 11 November from 9am to 10am. The ceremony will conclude with those who attend being asked to contribute to the installation by placing poppies in the grassed area surrounding the headframe.

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    Hillary Henry

  • 24 Oct 2018

    Albany student exhibition inspired by Artists of the World

    Imaginative sculptures, paintings and pop art inspired by some of the best known artists in the world, and created by local primary school students, are going on display at the Museum of the Great Southern from tomorrow, Thursday 25 October.

    Spencer Park Primary School’s biennial art exhibition showcases artwork from more than 300 students, including from the Spencer Park Education Support Centre. The theme for the exhibition is Artists of the World, with students’ work inspired by Vincent Van Gogh, Henri Matisse, Andy Warhol and a host of other world-renowned artists.

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    Hillary Henry

  • 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

  • 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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  • 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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