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  • A Hand holds a rock containing the fossilised Bothriembryon pilkiensis

    15 Apr 2024

    WA scientists discover new species of land snail estimated to be around three million years old

    Scientists at the Western Australian Museum have uncovered a new species of fossil snail in Western Australia's Nullarbor region, estimated to be around three million years old.

    The groundbreaking palaeontological discovery comes after two comprehensive fieldwork sessions between 2021 and 2023.

    The project was initiated following the discovery of a small number of Bothriembryon (land snail) specimens in the Museum’s palaeontology collection that did not align with any known species.

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    Kasper Johansen

  • Emerging Curators working with WA Museum's Aquatic Zoology team

    8 Apr 2024

    Emerging Curators continue two-way knowledge exchange as part of the Kimberley Reef Connect Project

    A group of Uunguu Rangers from Wunambal Gaambera Country in the North Kimberley have taken part in an Emerging Curators Workshop at Western Australian Museum’s Collection and Research Centre to exchange cultural and scientific knowledge.

    The Emerging Curators Workshop was the second stage in the learning program following the collection of marine species during an expedition by the group to Wunambal Gaambera Wundaagu (Sea Country) in the North Kimberley Marine Park in November 2023.

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    Kasper Johansen

  • Visitors look at Museum of the Moon part of To the Moon at WA Museum Boola Bardip

    28 Mar 2024

    WA Museum’s latest exhibition To the Moon to include NASA Moon rock and world renown ‘Museum of the Moon’ installation

    The Moon – mysterious, enigmatic, changing, waxing, and waning. Throughout human history, the Moon has been an object of intrigue, reverence, and curiosity. It has influenced cultures, driven scientific discovery, fueled imagination and inspired creativity.

    We have endeavoured to make sense of the great, celestial body that graces our nocturnal sky. From early theories about its influence on our behaviour to monumental astronomical achievements, we have always been driven by wonder and starry-eyed curiosity to discover the truths about Earth’s moon. 

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    Kasper Johansen

  • 17 Mar 2024

    Major immersive exhibition on James Cameron’s deep-ocean exploration opens at WA Maritime Museum

    On 23 March 2024, the WA Maritime Museum opens its doors to JAMES CAMERON – CHALLENGING THE DEEP, an exhibition by acclaimed explorer and award-winning film-maker James Cameron.

    The exhibition explores Cameron’s extensive career as a deep-sea explorer and his many history-making expeditions.

    JAMES CAMERON – CHALLENGING THE DEEP takes visitors to the depths of our oceans through the lens of Cameron’s underwater cameras, as well as his other incredible technological innovations that have enabled us to see one of the least known places on Earth.

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    Robyn Ambrosius

  • Two people look closely at a collection item from the Out of this World exhibition

    5 Mar 2024

    Museum of Geraldton heads out of this world for new space focused exhibition

    A brand-new free exhibition that explores Australia’s role in the space race is set to touch down at the Museum of Geraldton this weekend.

    A touring exhibition from the National Archives of Australia, Out of This World: Australia in the space age looks back at exciting times, from the 1950s to the 1970s.

    It recalls the nation’s enthusiastic contribution to space exploration, including cutting-edge scientific research.  It also considers the impact that the phenomenon had on popular culture, from space-inspired design to television programs and literature.

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    Kasper Johansen

  • Ian Waina, Bernadette Waina and Dorothy Djanghara with two artworks by Ian’s father and Bernadette’s husband, Kevin Waina

    20 Feb 2024

    Kwini Traditional Owners and Rock Art Australia Visit the WA Museum

    WA Museum Anthropology and Archaeology staff have had the pleasure of hosting special guests from Kalumburu, Melbourne and Brisbane.

    Kwini Traditional Owners Ian Waina, Bernadette Waina and Dorothy Djanghara were in Perth recently with Rock Art Australia CEO Samantha Hamilton and researcher Pauline Heaney, preparing for Ian’s upcoming public lecture at the WA Museum Boola Bardip.

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    Cedar Rankin-Cheek

  • Women from Bandyup Women's Prison share their stories during Museum of Stories

    13 Feb 2024

    Museum artifacts help women prisoners develop creative storytelling

    A collaborative project between the Western Australian Museum (WA Museum) and the Department of Justice has encouraged prisoners at Bandyup Women's Prison to explore different styles of creative storytelling.

    The six-day program, titled The Museum of Stories, aimed to foster personal growth, creativity, and self-expression by using objects from the WA Museum’s collection to inspire story ideas.

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    Kasper Johansen

  • Night Parrot

    8 Feb 2024

    Best specimen of the rare Night Parrot on display in the world.

    Once thought to be extinct, a specimen of the elusive Night Parrot is now on display for the first time at the WA Museum Boola Bardip. 

    The Western Australian Museum’s recent acquisition of a whole specimen is the most significant one collected since the 1800s and only the 4th complete specimen collected in Western Australia. It is also the best representation of the Night Parrot in any museum around the world and will provide a significant opportunity for WA Museum visitors to view the elusive bird up close.

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    Flora Perrella

  • Visitors enjoying Codebreakers

    21 Dec 2023

    School Holidays at the WA Museum

    Are you looking for the ultimate way to entertain the kids throughout the school holidays? The Western Australian Museum is brimming with a wide variety of programs and events, ensuring children of all ages are entertained across our six locations around the State! Here are some highlights, but for the complete list of activities, click HERE. See you soon at the WA Museum!


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    Kasper Johansen

  • Proshermacha telaporta

    8 Dec 2023

    Two new species of trapdoor spiders discovered in Western Australia

    A research team led by Dr Mark Harvey from the Western Australian Museum’s Terrestrial Zoology department has discovered two new species of trapdoor spiders, bringing the total of named trapdoor spiders to over 200 in WA.

    The other researchers, Dr Jeremy Wilson from the University of Western Australia, and Dr Michael Rix from the Queensland Museum, assisted in the study.

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    Flora Perrella

  • Diver on SS Xantho bow

    28 Nov 2023

    New display at WA Shipwrecks Museum gives visitors a deeper insight into Western Australia’s first coastal steamship.

    A new visitor experience at the WA Shipwrecks Museum will open this Saturday 2 December with SS Xantho: unlocking hidden stories of our State which explores the amazing story of Western Australia’s first coastal steamship.

    In this exhibition, visitors will engage in new multi-media and interactive platforms to explore the story of how one family and the SS Xantho were intricately linked to the social, economic, and cultural development of Western Australia in the late 1800’s.

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    Flora Perrella

  • 27 Nov 2023

    WA Museum is on the lookout for Collections and Research Volunteers

    Our Western Australian Museum passionate volunteers make a significant contribution to our organisation in a variety of roles by donating their valuable time, knowledge and resources.

    We are currently recruiting for enthusiastic volunteers for WA Museum’s Collections and Research Legacy Project so if you would like to play a vital part in supporting curatorial and collections staff then please take a read of how to get in touch.

    Legacy Project Overview

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    Deanna Watson

  • Specimens of Dasycercus hillieri (left) and Dasycercus archer (right)

    2 Nov 2023

    Six new species of mulgara identified - four believed to be already extinct.

    The Western Australian Museum collaborated with Curtin University on an exciting research project shedding light on three previously undiscovered species of mulgara from the WA Museum’s collection.

    These small carnivorous marsupials, vital to the arid and semi-arid regions of Western Australia, South Australia, Queensland, and the Northern Territory are similar to the Tasmanian Devil and quoll in their ecological importance.

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    Flora Perrella

  • 26 Oct 2023

    The WA Maritime Museum's much loved HMAS Ovens submarine has re-opened!

    The official reopening of the Western Australian Museum’s much-loved HMAS Ovens submarine by Culture and the Arts Minister, Hon. David Templeman, takes place this morning at the WA Maritime Museum in Fremantle.

    The former Royal Australian Navy Oberon class submarine HMAS Ovens was launched in 1967. After decommissioning in 1995, the submarine was gifted to the Western Australian Museum and docked on the historic No.1 Slipway adjacent to the WA Maritime Museum in Fremantle.

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    Madeleine Pengelly

  • Queer Powerpoint hosts Xanthe Dobbie and Harriet Gilles clap and present during Queer PowerPoint at WA Museum Boola Bardip.

    23 Oct 2023

    Prepare for a Pride takeover this Live Arts season at Western Australian Museum Boola Bardip

    From queer tours to some of the most extraordinary PowerPoints ever presented, Western Australian Museum Boola Bardip is set to host a roster of PrideFEST 2023 activities this November.

    The November iteration of the QUoir will get the ball rolling on Wednesday 8 November, a community choir for everyone and anyone who feels the need to shake off the stress of every day in communal song. Led by Queency and Tara John of the WA Bad Ass Gospel Choir.

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    Kasper Johansen

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