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  • A group of inflatable dinosaurs outside Boola Bardip

    28 Sep 2022

    Dinosaurs cause chaos in the city

    A herd of dinosaurs rampaged through Perth today on their way to the Dinosaurs of Patagonia exhibition at the WA Museum Boola Bardip.

    Dinosaurs joined commuters on Transperth bus services, before making their way through Perth Train station to the Perth Cultural Centre and into the WA Museum Boola Bardip where they joined their Patagonian friends!

    Dinosaurs of Patagonia is a remarkable, ‘world-first’ exhibition, featuring the world’s largest dinosaur Patagotitan: but it is only in WA until October 23!

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    Kasper Johansen

  • Black and white image of the view from South Mole Fremantle 1904

    23 Sep 2022

    New panoramic exhibition explores changing face of Fremantle over 155 years

    The WA Maritime Museum today opened its doors to Fremantle Then & Now: Historical Panoramas – a new, immersive, and interactive exhibition exploring the changing face of Fremantle from the 1800s to the present day.

    Through sweeping historical panoramic photographs, taken at seven vantage points across the port city, the exhibition provides a unique opportunity to explore 155 years of history, using immersive digital projection technologies developed by the Curtin University Hub for Immersive Visualisation and eResearch (HIVE).

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    Flora Perrella

  • Father and child enjoying school holidays at the WA Museum

    21 Sep 2022

    September school holidays across all WA Museum sites

    Stuck for ideas on how to entertain the kids these school holidays? Then you’ve come to the right place.

    Our holiday programs are jam-packed with fun activities to suit kids of every age - even the grown-up ones!

    With museums spread across the state, we’ve got you covered with everything from free events to drop and leave programs to exciting exhibitions and so much more.

    Our six locations include:

    WA Museum Boola Bardip

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    Kasper Johansen

  • A group of scientists, rangers and Traditional Owners standing together for a photo in the Kimberley region.

    16 Sep 2022

    WA Museum fieldwork research on pseudoscorpions, assassin bugs and bandicoots on Wunambal Gaambera Country

    A recent fieldtrip with Wunambal Gaambera Aboriginal Corporation (WGAC), saw some of our scientists carry out exciting research on Wunambal Gaambera Country in the far north of the Kimberley region of Western Australia.

    Joining the fieldtrip from the Western Australian Museum was Head of Terrestrial Zoology and Curator of Arachnids and Myriapods Dr Mark Harvey, Curator of Mammalogy Dr Kenny Travouillon, Curator of Entomology Dr Nikolai Tatarnic, and Technical Officer Jenelle Ritchie.

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    Yoshika Kon

  • A gloved hand holds a large cowrie shell.

    14 Sep 2022

    Precious black cowrie shell donated to WA Museum Boola Bardip

    In a generous act of philanthropy, an incredibly rare and valuable black cowrie shell found in Western Australian waters was recently gifted to the Western Australian Museum’s Aquatic Zoology department.

    Hailing from the Mollusc phylum, the Leporicypraea geographica rewa form rovae cowrie shell was found off the coast of Exmouth in a 24-metre-deep sea sponge garden.

    More commonly known as sea snails, cowries are nocturnal by nature, living in underwater caves and hiding under rocks during the day and feeding on coral and algae at night.

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    Yoshika Kon

  • Three mechanics push a blue car under repair in the bush while two people film them for the Bush Mechanics TV series.

    13 Sep 2022

    Bush Mechanics on the road to the Museum of the Goldfields

    An exhibition showcasing the creativity of bush mechanics and their inventive repair techniques will open at the Museum of the Goldfields on Saturday 24 September.

    The Bush Mechanics exhibition is based on the incredibly popular ABC television series of the same name, co-created by David Batty and Francis Jupurrurla Kelly.

    Through the show’s distinctive brand of humour, this exhibition showcases the ingenuity of outback mechanics whose clever resourcefulness can turn branches, spinifex and sand into tools and spare parts to get cars back on the road.

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    Yoshika Kon

  • A snorkeler dives towards an anchor deep in the ocean.

    9 Sep 2022

    Explore almost 400 years of Batavia stories through a rich digital experience

    On Friday 9 September, the Western Australian Museum will launch an innovative and interactive digital experience, which brings together almost 400 years of one of Australia’s most notorious events – the wreck of the ship, Batavia, in 1629.

    The Batavia 1629: National Heritage Listed Place Guide is the first interactive e-book produced by the Western Australian Museum.

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    Yoshika Kon

  • A pseudoscorpion looks like a cross between a scorpion, spider and tick.

    17 Aug 2022

    Seven pseudoscorpion species believed to be new to science discovered

    Seven pseudoscorpion species believed to be new to science have been discovered by our Head of Department and Curator (Arachnids and Myriapods) Dr Mark Harvey on a Bush Blitz expedition in the West Kimberley region of Western Australia.

    The discovery was made at Charnley River Station, an Australian Wildlife Conservancy property, and at Wunaamin Conservation Park.

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    Yoshika Kon

  • Four adults and a toddler stand in front of a banner that says "One Millionth Visitor" held by two Museum staff members.

    16 Aug 2022

    Welcoming our one-millionth visitor

    On Saturday, 13 August 2022 we welcomed our one-millionth visitor to WA Museum Boola Bardip since opening in November 2020.

    Olivia, Jack and Pia were surprised and delighted as cheers erupted and streamers descended on their entry to the Museum.

    The lucky family were greeted by Minister John Carey, Member for Perth and Minister for Housing; Lands; Homelessness; Local Government and WA Museum CEO, Alec Coles who presented them with their exclusive prize pack:

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    Yoshika Kon

  • A spotty and patterned gecko with big round eyes on a rock, its mouth is slightly open.

    12 Aug 2022

    Herpetology – the study of amphibians and reptiles in action at the Museum of Geraldton

    As part of National Science Week 2022, the Museum of Geraldton are featuring three Western Australian herpetologists for Public Talk: Wildlife Research in Action on Wednesday 17 August.

    Herpetology is the study of amphibians and reptiles, and new and exciting discoveries within the Western Australian Museum Collections and Research continue to be made every year.

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    Yoshika Kon

  • 12 Aug 2022

    National Science Week 2022 at the Museum of the Goldfields

    The Museum of the Goldfields is hosting an exciting National Science Week (13 – 21 August) program that has a little something for everyone.

    Join us to discover that science is about so much more than microscopes and Bunsen-Burners, come and join the fun, learn something new and discover what modern day science is all about.

     

    Science After Dark

    Date: Thursday 18 August 2022
    Time: 5 – 7:30pm
    Venue: Museum of the Goldfields
    Cost: Free

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    Yoshika Kon

  • 12 Aug 2022

    National Science Week 2022 at the Museum of the Great Southern

    The Museum of the Great Southern is hosting an exciting National Science Week (13 – 21 August) program that has a little something for everyone.

    Join us to discover that science is about so much more than microscopes and Bunsen-Burners, come and join the fun, learn something new and discover what modern day science is all about.

     

    SCINEMA screenings

    Date: Saturday 13 August – Sunday 21 August
    Time: 10am – 2:30pm
    Venue: Co-op Building, Museum of the Great Southern
    Cost: Free event

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    Yoshika Kon

  • An open palm shows a Ruby seadragon.

    5 Aug 2022

    Rare Ruby seadragon donated to the WA Museum

     
    It is not every day you stumble across the rare Ruby seadragon but for one Denmark local, Annika Engstrom, the perfectly intact specimen was a lucky find in March 2022.
     
    Annika spotted the colourful creature on the sand directly in front of the Denmark Surf Club and caught the eye of Bernie Wong who was on lifeguard patrol and who instantly recognised it as a Ruby seadragon.
     
    The Ruby seadragon (Phyllopteryx dewysea) was discovered and identified as a new species in 2015 by a team that included the WA Museum’s

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    Yoshika Kon

  • 28 Jul 2022

    WAnderland

    From the cultured to the kitsch and everything in between, we’ve opened up a doorway to our State’s regional collections. There’s a world of colour and curiosity waiting for you at the other end of WA’s roads – hidden in towns you’ve never seen and collected by folk you’ll love to meet. And getting there is half the fun.

    We invite you to fossick around for your favourites. Delight in the unexpected. Hatch a plan for your next adventure. Visit WAnderland now.

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    Online Exhibition
    Katherine Jeffries

  • 22 Jun 2022

    Tetangga Exhibition

    This exhibition is part of the ongoing challenge to the legacies of colonialism. By proposing a new way of understanding the significance of objects in our collections, museum curators in Australia and Indonesia, together, have creatively re-examined the interpretation of museum collections. Many objects and stories contained in this exhibition also illustrate the historic and contemporary connections and flows of people, ideas, and objects between Australia and Indonesia.

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    Online Exhibition
    Katherine Jeffries

  • The top half of a young man's face, he has one striking blue eye, white paint markings on his face and is wearing a blue mask that covers his nose and mouth.

    1 Jun 2022

    Aboriginal storytelling from Cleverman on show at the Museum of the Great Southern

    An exhibition celebrating Aboriginal storytelling opens at the Museum of the Great Southern on Sunday 12 June.

    The Cleverman exhibition is based on the dystopian sci-fi series that stormed onto ABC TV in 2016.

    With a predominantly Aboriginal cast and senior crew, the series explores a range of Aboriginal origin stories in a contemporary context with political nuance, touching on themes of class, racism and power.

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    Yoshika Kon

  • A orangey-red spider hanging upside in the darkness.

    30 May 2022

    Explore a world of twisted beauty at the Museum of Geraldton

    Explore a world of twisted beauty at a new exhibition opening at the Museum of Geraldton on Saturday 11 June.

    The Sixteen Legs travelling exhibition is based around the environmental and cultural significance of Australia’s deepest caves, and the still-living 200-million-year-old Tasmanian spider hidden within them.

    Museum of Geraldton Regional Manager Leigh O’Brien said Sixteen Legs offers a journey through Australia’s deepest caves through a delightful mix of art and science.

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    Yoshika Kon

  • Sor Kobir 1, Andrew Passi - Mer (Murray Island), Meriam Mer language group, Gab Titui Cultural Centre.

    24 May 2022

    Striking mask exhibition opens at WA Maritime Museum

     

    Evolution: Torres Strait Masks is an exhibition featuring 12 striking masks, objects, and related cultural materials to celebrate the rich history of mask making in the Torres Strait Islands (Zenadh Kes).

    This fascinating exhibition opens at the WA Maritime Museum on Saturday 4 June.

    Evolution: Torres Strait Masks explores the long-standing importance of ceremonial masks in Torres Strait culture, and how they influence contemporary art forms.

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    Flora Perrella

  • Model of MV Rena

    16 May 2022

    Museum of the Goldfields to plunge into Brickwrecks: Sunken ships in LEGO® bricks!

    A compelling exhibition using LEGO® bricks is travelling to the Museum of the Goldfields.

    Plunging enthusiasts into stories behind some of the world’s most fascinating shipwrecks, Brickwrecks: Sunken ships in LEGO® bricks! is a partnership between Ryan “The Brickman” McNaught, the Western Australian Museum, and the Australian National Maritime Museum.

    Brickwrecks: Sunken ships in LEGO® bricks! opens at the Museum of the Goldfields on Saturday, 28 May.

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    Flora Perrella

  • A handcrafted puppet of an 18th Century botanist with a boat in the background.

    4 May 2022

    Follow the journey of an 18th Century botanist at the Museum of the Great Southern

    An immersive and finely crafted installation opens at the Museum of the Great Southern on 14 May 2022.
     
    The Peregrinations of a Citizen Botanist exhibition by artist Susie Vickery takes the form of a cabinet of curiosities, charting the journey of 18th Century French botanist Jacques-Julien Houtou de Labillardière, who came to Western Australia in 1792 on the ship Recherche, captained by Bruni d’Entrecasteaux.
     
    Museum of the Great Southern Regional Manager Ms Catherine Salmaggi said this exhibition will delight visitors as they e

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    Yoshika Kon

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