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  • Harry Butler Research Centre - exterior

    20 Apr 2016

    Harry Butler Research Centre - Percent for Art Scheme

    Government of Western Australia - Percent for Art Scheme Western Australian Museum - Collections and Research Centre Upgrade 2016

    Artists Margaret Dillon, Penny Bovell and Eveline Kotai drew upon the iconic imagery of the Western Australian Museum’s Collections and Research Centre to create the facility’s artwork. The artwork is integrated into three main areas of the facility, creating a conversation between the pieces and the Museum’s collections that both compliments the facility and reflects its philosophy of openness, growth and progression.

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    Photo Galleries
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  • Dr Nerida Wilson

    19 Apr 2016

    WA Museum scientist heading for the Antarctic

    Western Australian Museum scientist Dr Nerida Wilson has been selected to join an international team of 55 researchers from 30 countries to take part in a three-month expedition to circumnavigate the Antarctic, studying climate change and pollution in the Southern Ocean.

    The expedition, which will depart in December, is being organised by the newly formed Swiss Polar Institute, established to study the Earth’s poles and the critical impact of change on those extreme environments, to identify the global challenges that lay ahead.

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    News
    Flora Perrella

  • 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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    Article
    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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    Article
    Western Australian Museum

  • Western Australian Maritime Museum

    5 Apr 2016

    Children get free entry to Maritime Museum ahead of school holidays

    Changes to general admission fees at the WA Maritime Museum will give children under 15 years free entry to the Museum’s permanent galleries, just in time for the April school holidays.

    WA Museum CEO Alec Coles said the new fee structure was being introduced from 9 April, 2016.

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    News
    Flora Perrella

  • Powder scoop from the Batavia

    1 Apr 2016

    WA’s first Dutch connections on display at Carnarvon Library and Art Gallery

    An exhibition encompassing the stories of the first recorded European (Dutch) landings in Shark Bay, Western Australia, will be on display at the Carnarvon Library and Art Gallery from Tuesday 5 April.

    The Accidental Encounters: the Dutch connection exhibition was developed by the Western Australian Museum in preparation for this year’s 400th anniversary of Dirk Hartog’s landing in Shark Bay.

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    News
    Flora Perrella

  • 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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    Video
    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

  • One of the winning submissions from The West Australian photographer Nic Ellis

    14 Mar 2016

    Compelling WA press photography on display

    The work of WA’s most exciting news photographers has been captured in the 2016 WA Press Photographer of the Year exhibition, currently on display at the Western Australian Museum in Perth.

    WA Museum CEO Alec Coles said the Museum is delighted to host this year’s exhibition.

    “This exhibition gives eyewitness accounts of this State’s major news events, sporting moments and incredible personal stories, captured by Western Australian photographers over the past year,” Mr Coles said.

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    News
    Flora Perrella

  • Lieutenant Reg Saunders (left) and Lieutenant Tom Derrick VC DCM, congratulate each other face-to-face following their graduation from the Office Cadet Training Unit at Seymour, 25 November 1944.

    9 Mar 2016

    Stories about Indigenous Australians at war presented at the Western Australian Museum – Albany

    Indigenous Australians at war from the Boer War to the present opens at the Western Australian Museum – Albany this week.

    This touring exhibition from the Shrine of Remembrance in Melbourne presents Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders’ stories from all over Australia, including from the Great Southern region of Western Australia.

    WA Museum – Albany Regional Manager Rachael Wilsher-Saa said it is really important to acknowledge Aboriginal men and women who served their country during wars.

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    News
    Sharna Craig

  • Abrolhos Islands

    8 Mar 2016

    New search for 5th Old Dutch shipwreck

    The Western Australian Museum is embarking on a new search for a possible fifth Dutch East India Company (VOC) shipwreck, believed to have been lost at the Abrolhos Islands off the Mid West coast around 300 years ago.

    An aerial magnetometer survey of a section of the Pelsaert Group has begun, funded by long-time Museum supporter and Chairman of Austal Ltd, John Rothwell. The survey is looking for magnetic anomalies that would indicate the presence of another, as yet undiscovered, historic shipwreck.

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    News
    Flora Perrella