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  • Starting point of the Perth panorama web page.

    12 Apr 2016

    A Virtual Walk around the Perth Museum

    The Western Australian Museum – Perth will be undergoing a major redevelopment over the next 4 years as part of the New Museum Project.

    As such, since December 2015, thousands of objects and specimens have been removed from the Western Australian Museum – Perth into safe storage at the Collections and Research Centre in Welshpool.

    This collection of panoramas captured the WA Museum – Perth before the decant began, and so preserves the site as it stood prior to the dismantling of displays and exhibition spaces.

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    Western Australian Museum

  • Abbott's Booby, female and chick -  photographed on Christmas Island, August 2007

    7 Apr 2016

    Cocos (Keeling) and Christmas Island Birds

    This page explores a selection of birds from the Cocos (Keeling) and Christmas Islands. At the bottom of this page, information sheets in English, Malay and Chinese can be downloaded.

    Red-footed Booby

    Sula sula

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    Western Australian Museum

  • Ron Johnstone

    23 Mar 2016

    Bird Gallery #faveobjects

    Watch this video to find out Western Australian Museum Ornithology Curator Ron Johnstone's favourite objects from the Bird Gallery. This gallery has been decanted as part of preparations for the New Museum for Western Australia.

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    Western Australian Museum

  • 22 Mar 2016

    WAM Head of Terrestrial Zoology elected Vice-President

    Dr Mark Harvey, Head of the Department of Terrestrial Zoology at the Western Australian Museum, has recently been elected Vice-President of the International Commission on Zoological Nomenclature (ICZN) for a six year term.

    The ICZN is the international body that oversees the naming of all animal species worldwide.

    ICZN is mandated by the International Union of Biological Sciences (IUBS) and members are elected by zoologists attending General Assemblies of the IUBS or other international congresses.

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    Article
    Western Australian Museum

  • A photoshoot for the taxidermy mammal collection for Western Australian Museum records. Is this tiger hungry, or just camera shy?

    29 Feb 2016

    Behind the Scenes: Mammal Gallery Decant

    The Mammal Gallery decant from the Western Australian Museum - Perth to the Collections and Research Centre (CRC) at Welshpool has been a huge undertaking for all involved. 

    It allowed Museum staff the opportunity to update records and complete conservation work on the precious specimens. 

    Soula Veyradier, Manager, Western Australian Museum - Perth, said that the decant was a unique opportunity to work with the animals outside their display cases.  

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    Photo Galleries
    Western Australian Museum

  • Don Cockrell in his workshop in Fremantle, near the Western Australian Maritime Museum.

    24 Feb 2016

    Transporting the Museum - Don Cockrell

    Watch this video to find out how Don Cockrell makes transport mechanisms, called stillages, which are being used to transport and store specimens and objects from several of our Galleries. Galleries at the Western Australian Museum - Perth are being decanted to the Collections and Research Centre in Welshpool in preparation for the New Museum. 

    See a timelapse of the Mammal Gallery decant here - watch Don's stillages in action! 

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    Western Australian Museum

  • Mammal Gallery Decant

    19 Feb 2016

    Mammal Gallery Decant Timelapse

    Watch this timelapse video to see a snapshot of the Mammal Gallery decant. Specimens from the gallery are being removed and taken to the Collections and Research Centre in Welshpool, where they will be safely stored in preparation for the New Museum. 

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    Western Australian Museum

  • 15 Feb 2016

    Diamonds to Dinosaurs

    Watch this video to find out about the history of the Diamonds to Dinosaurs Gallery.

    Transcript Alex Bevan

    My name is Alex Bevan, I am Head of  Earth and Planetary Sciences and Curator of Minerals and Meteorites.

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    Western Australian Museum

  • 11 Feb 2016

    Katta Djinoong #faveobjects

    WA Museum New Museum Project Creative Director Bliss Jensen’s #faveobjects at the WA Museum – Perth are the Kimberley points. The points were on display in the Katta Djinoong gallery.

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    Western Australian Museum

  • Diamonds to Dinosaurs Gallery

    10 Feb 2016

    Diamonds to Dinosaurs Gallery Decant

    The Diamonds to Dinosaurs Gallery is currently being decanted, the process having starting in the first week of February 2016. The decant is being overseen by Alex Bevan, who is the Head of Department, Earth and Planetary Science, and Curator of Mineralogy and Meteorites at the Western Australian Museum.

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    Western Australian Museum

  • 10 Feb 2016

    Carnotaurus Timelapse

    Watch this timelapse video to see our Carnotaurus being moved out of the Western Australian Museum - Perth Foyer for transportation to the CRC in Welshpool.

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    Western Australian Museum

  • 4 Feb 2016

    On The Move II

    The Carnotaurus at the WA Museum – Perth is being moved to safe storage at the WA Museum Collections and Research Centre in preparation for the New Museum for WA.

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    Western Australian Museum

  • 4 Feb 2016

    On The Move

    Our Carnotaurus ‘Betty’ was moved from the Perth site and taken to the WA Museum Collections and Research Centre for safe storage as we prepare for the New Museum for WA.

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    Western Australian Museum

  • FameLab

    1 Feb 2016

    FameLab

    Image copyright FameLab

    Attention early-career researchers!

    The British Council is looking for passionate scientists, engineers and mathematicians with a peer-reviewed discovery and a flair for public engagement to compete in its international science communication competition, FameLab.

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    Article
    Western Australian Museum

  • A taxidermied specimen (American Bison) on display behind a glass case in the Mammal Gallery

    25 Jan 2016

    The Mammal Gallery

    The Western Australian Museum are getting ready to build a New Museum for Western Australia, and an initial step in this process is to decant the thousands of specimens and objects from the WA Museum – Perth into safe storage at the Collections and Research Centre (CRC) in Welshpool. This article explores the history and decant of the Mammal Gallery, with insights from Western Australian Museum Mammology Dr Kenny Travouillon.

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    Photo Galleries
    Western Australian Museum

  • Spider

    18 Jan 2016

    The role of DNA in species discovery

    To the surprise of some, most of the earth’s biodiversity remains undiscovered and undescribed. In 2011, Camilo Mora and colleagues calculated there are approximately 8.7 million eukaryotic species on earth (eukaryotes are those organisms that we normally think of, like plants, animals and fungi), and of these, 85% remain undescribed and/or unknown to science.

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    Blog entry
    Molecular Systematics Unit