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  • A brightly coloured sea creature in the ocean

    26 Aug 2020

    National Science Week 2020 - see the videos

    Thanks to everyone who attended the National Science Week 2020: Deep Blue - Meet the Scientists Q&A [RV Falkor Expedition] at the WA Maritime Museum on August 18th.

    Watch the videos Meet the Scientists 2020

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    Katherine Jeffries

  • 25 Aug 2020

    COVID-19

    COVID-19 UPDATE

    The Western Australian Museum locations (except the New Museum which opens on 21 November) are open and we look forward to welcoming you.

    The health and well-being of visitors, volunteers and staff is our single most important priority.

    We have a COVID Safety Plan in place and we are following government advice.

    In line with the WA Government’s Phase 4 requirements, there is a limit of 1 person per 2 square metres of venue space.  In most cases, this is easily achieved.

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  • 24 Aug 2020

    Win a Broome Adventure

    The Foundation for the WA Museum and Channel 7 are giving you a chance to win a once in a lifetime Broome adventure worth up to $40,000! 

    You and a friend could win return flights to Broome, a five-night luxury adventure aboard True North AND five nights at Cable Beach Club.

    To find out more visit https://fwam.com.au/2020Lottery

     

     

     

     

     

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  • Field Guide to the Seastars of Australia

    8 Jun 2020

    Comprehensive field guide to seastars captures esteemed 60-year career

    To mark World Oceans Day, renowned Western Australian Museum scientist 90-year-old Loisette Marsh launched her magnum opus – Field Guide to the Seastars of Australia.

    WA Museum CEO Alec Coles said Ms Marsh was one of only two scientists in Australia who specialised in echinoderms (the group of marine invertebrates that includes seastars, brittle stars, sea cucumbers, sea urchins, sand dollars, and crinoids) taxonomy, making this book a significant contribution to science.

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    Flora Perrella

  • Ocean, red dirt and car driving along a dusty road - aerial shot.

    4 Jun 2020

    WA Museums reopen this weekend!

    All Western Australian Museum sites will reopen to visitors on Saturday, 6 June.

    We cannot wait to welcome people back to our sites, and we can assure everyone that the health and well-being of our visitors, staff, volunteers and contractors is our single most important priority.

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    News
    Katherine Jeffries

  • Garypus ranalliorum

    2 Jun 2020

    Nine new species of pseudoscorpions from Indo-West Pacific

    Nine new species of pseudoscorpions have been described by Western Australian Museum scientists.

    Previously there were 26 species of the Garypus pseudoscorpion known to science, and, of those, only a few came from the Indo-West Pacific region.

    Head of Terrestrial Zoology at the WA Museum Dr Mark Harvey and his colleagues Dr Joel Huey, Jose Carvajal, and Mia Hillyer recently published a paper naming the new species. The discoveries are a result of the WA Museum’s review of national and international museum specimens.

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    Flora Perrella

  • Max Cramer

    29 May 2020

    Our WA Day Heroes

    On the first Monday of June each year, Western Australians unite to celebrate WA Day. Whether it’s our rich and diverse culture, relaxed lifestyle, world-class cuisine or endless blue skies… There are so many reasons for us to celebrate what makes WA, and its people, so unique.

    For many years now, the WA Museum, in partnership with Celebrate WA, has helped deliver events at Perth, Fremantle, Geraldton, Albany and Kalgoorlie. There will be no festivals this year, however, we have jumped on board Celebrate WA’s call out to recognise Western Australian heroes, #WADayHero.

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    Katherine Jeffries

  • 18 May 2020

    International Museum Day

    ‘It is knowing that I am using the same techniques my ancestors have used for thousands of years that makes this so powerful.

    ‘Balga resin was a prized trading commodity and resource used by the Noongar people.

    ‘Resin is applied to strengthen pegs on spear-throwers and fix stone tools to wooden handles, creating objects like the kodj axe and taap knife which are unique to the south west.

    ‘The best resin mix combines balga resin, charcoal and organic material like grass or kangaroo poo.

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    Katherine Jeffries

  • 13 May 2020

    International Day for Biological Diversity

    To celebrate International Day for Biological Diversity on May 22, we’re giving you the chance to win this tote bag featuring the beautiful Ruby seadragon.

    The International Day for Biological Diversity is a time to re-connect to our natural world and work together to build a future of life in harmony with nature.  

    Identify and win

    To win a tote bag all you have to do is tap into your inner taxonomist identify this animal:

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    Conditions of entry Museums and Taxonomy

    Taxonomy is the science of describing, naming and classifying organisms.

    Museum collections play a vital role in taxonomy and the description of new species adding to our knowledge of biodiversity.

    A Ruby seadragon specimen that was held in the WA Museum’s collection for almost 100 years was critical in providing information necessary to prove the discovery of a new species.

    Links ⤴ Meet Ruby WA's new seadragon ⤴ Its not the science of tax and five other things you should know about taxonomy ⤴ Keeping Date Taxonomy Western Australia ⤴ Taxonomy Australia

    Conditions of entry: Employees of the Western Australian Museum and their immediate families are not eligible to enter the competition. One entry per IP address. Entrants need to be over 18. The competition commences on 18 May 2020 and closes on 26 May 2020. Entries will be accepted from 5 December 2019 through to midnight on 5 February 2020. Entrants must provide contact information so that the winner can be contacted to redeem their prize. This information will not be used for any other purposes. The winners will be selected using the Excel Random Number Generator. The Western Australian Museum will not be liable for any loss or damage whatsoever for personal injury suffered or sustained, in connection with the promotion, the use of the prize or any act or omission of the promoter, their respective agents, employees and contractors.

     

     

     

     

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    Scott Bamford

  • 4 May 2020

    Chinese in Albany | Distant Discoveries

    This episode of Malcolm Traill's 'Curatorials' looks at the influence of the Chinese in Albany and throughout Western Australia, from their first arrival in Sydney over 200 years ago to the present day. They were miners, gardeners, laundrymen and furniture makers - and were valued members of the Albany community too.

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    Video
    Ruben Wills

  • 24 Apr 2020

    Anzac Day 2020

    How will you honour our veterans and service men and women this Anzac Day?

    COVID-19 means that this year there’ll be no traditional Dawn Service gatherings, no march of veterans through our streets. But we can keep the Anzac spirit alive as we honour our veterans and service members from the safety of our own homes.

    Here at the Western Australian Museum we’d love you to share your salute to this very different Anzac Day at home.

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    Katherine Jeffries

  • 17 Apr 2020

    Albany in the 1920s | Distant Discoveries

    This episode of Malcolm Traill's 'Curatorials' looks at the 1920s, a decade of heightened optimism in Albany after the trauma of World War One. Learn about tourism ventures, a new newspaper and the opening of the Albany Woollen Mills — from the Museum of the Great Southern. 

    Click on the 'CC' icon (bottom left) for Closed Captions. 

     

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    Katherine Jeffries

  • 16 Apr 2020

    Australia II – Distant Discoveries

    Learn the incredible story of one of Australia's greatest sporting triumphs which sent the country in pandemonium! At 5.21pm on 26 September 1983, off the coast of Rhode Island, the yacht Australia II crossed the finish line to win the America’s Cup. 

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  • Under the Dome: Whale Super Highway

    5 Mar 2020

    WA’s own Whale Super Highway

    One of the greatest animal migrations on the planet takes place along the Western Australian coast every year. From the Kimberley’s Camden Sound to the freezing waters of Antarctica, this 6,500km route is taken by some of the largest animals on Earth, Humpback Whales.

    The WA Maritime Museum is showcasing this extraordinary migration in a superb immersive film experience, Under the Dome: Whale Super Highway. This 180-degree cinematic adventure takes a stunning look at the life of these gentle giants as they make their journey.

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    Flora Perrella

  • RV Falkor

    4 Mar 2020

    Illuminating the biodiversity of the Ningaloo Canyons

    The unique creatures of the Ningaloo Canyons will be studied and catalogued by researchers from the Western Australian Museum in an expedition to the largely unexplored deep sea environment.

    The researchers, led by Western Australian Museum Molecular Systematics Unit Manager Dr Nerida Wilson, will set sail from Fremantle on March 8 aboard the research vessel RV Falkor.

    The 82m Falkor is owned by the Schmidt Ocean Institute, which was established by Eric and Wendy Schmidt in 2009.

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    Flora Perrella

  • A 14cm tall shark tooth belonging to a Carcharocles megalodon found in hard limestone rock at Cape Range National Park

    3 Mar 2020

    Prehistoric shark teeth found in Western Australia

    Cape Range National Park near Exmouth was once a feeding ground for some of the largest prehistoric predators that ever lived in Earth’s oceans.

    Western Australian Museum scientists made the discovery when they uncovered 38 teeth belonging to Carcharocles megalodon, a prehistoric shark that research suggests grew to between 15 and 19 metres in length.

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    Sharna Craig

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