Background & Mission


The Western Australian Museum is the State's premier cultural organisation, housing WA's scientific and cultural collection.

For over 120 years the Museum has been making the State's natural and social heritage accessible and engaging through research, exhibition and public programs.

Today, the Museum has seven public locations across the state - and a Collection and Research Centre that houses more than eight million objects.

Mission - Inspiring curiosity to explore the past, question the present and shape the future.

Aspiration - To be valued, used and admired by all Western Australians and the world.

Vision - an informed and engaged community working together for a better future.


Respectful - We will respect the views and opinions of others, consider their needs and sensibilities, and work collaboratively to build trust and understanding.

Inclusive - We welcome and engage with people of all abilities, backgrounds and experiences. We will make sure that our workplace, facilities, programs and resources are accessible to all.

Accountable - We exist for the benefit of all the people of Western Australia, including those in the regions. We hold ourselves accountable to them, and are custodians of their collections.

Enterprising - We will be creative, resourceful, imaginative, innovative, agile and entrepreneurial. We will be commercially astute, embrace change and aspire to excellence in all we do.

Recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the First Peoples of Australia - We acknowledge the primary rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in their cultural heritage and will work collaboratively to advance understanding between all peoples.


The Western Australian Museum is a statutory authority within the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries Portfolio, established under the Museum Act 1969. It is a Body Corporate with Perpetual Succession and Common Seal, governed by a Board of seven Trustees, including the Chair and Vice-Chair who are appointed by the Governor of Western Australia.

The Director General of the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries, or his or her nominee, is a Trustee ex officio. Appointments are made for up to four years and incumbents are eligible for reappointment.