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  • A silver and black radio adapted to conceal a camera, c1965.

    3 May 2021

    Stories of secret agents and espionage exposed

    Often cloaked in myth, the stories of spies are sometimes stranger than fiction.

    Spy: espionage in Australia reveals the personal experiences of secret agents and the curious history of espionage and counter-espionage in Australia, from Federation through to the present day.

    On tour from the National Archives of Australia, Spy brings the stories of real spies out of the shadows and into the light at the Museum of the Great Southern from 8 May to 25 July 2021.

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    Sharna Craig

  • A fire burning at Mt Barney National Park

    27 Apr 2021

    Wonders of the natural world to go on show at the Museum of Geraldton

    The Australian Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year 2020 exhibition will open at the Museum of Geraldton on Saturday 8 May 2021. 
     
    This breathtaking exhibition allows us to witness the unique beauty of the flora, fauna and landscapes of our own back yard and the world around us, while celebrating the natural heritage of Australia, New Zealand, Antarctica and New Guinea bioregions. 
     
    The overall 2020 winner was Ben Blanche of Queensland for his photograph of a fire caused by a lightning strike in the Mount

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    Sharna Craig

  • A Brig is moored near a stone wall beneath a clear blue sky

    17 Mar 2021

    The story of the Brig Amity

    Listen to the story of the Brig Amity:

     

    Transcript:

    This is the Amity.

    She’s not a ship or a boat. But a Brig.

    Feel her timbers. Listen to her sounds.

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    Erin Vlajsavljevich

  • Baby Australovenator puppet with handler

    9 Mar 2021

    Dinosaurs take over WA Museum Boola Bardip this April

    Dinosaurs will roam the WA Museum Boola Bardip these April school holidays as the Museum welcomes Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo.

    Audiences will meet an amazing array of prehistoric creatures from baby dinosaurs to some of the largest carnivores and herbivores that have ever walked the planet.

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    Sharna Craig

  • Diving near the Omeo wreck

    16 Feb 2021

    Enjoy the Omeo wreck, but ‘look don’t touch’ to preserve the significant site and its sea life.

    The Western Australian Museum has joined the City of Cockburn to appeal for visitors to the Omeo wreck at Coogee Maritime Trail to take care of the historic site.

    The popular underwater Trail off Socrates Parade in North Coogee has experienced an influx of visitors in recent months as more people explore their own backyard during COVID-19 travel restrictions.

    As a result, the area has been inundated with visitors, many standing on the wreck, causing damage to the fragile steel hull while also harming the marine habitat and the sea life it supports.

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    Flora Perrella

  • Gogo app

    29 Jan 2021

    Gogo digital platform provides a deep dive into amazing stories at WA Museum Boola Bardip

    Today the Western Australian Museum launched an innovative digital guide to the WA Museum Boola Bardip.

    Named ‘Gogo’ the guide provides a huge amount of additional information about 250 specially selected items in the Museum. It allows visitors to take a ‘highlights’ tour around each of the eight exhibition galleries, or explore the stories behind the collections in much more detail.

    Using oral histories, letters, photographs, videos and expert interviews, and some augmented reality, Gogo provides a rich new experience for visitors.

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    Flora Perrella

  • Troglodiplura lowryi

    27 Jan 2021

    Rare species of cave-dwelling spiders named in honour of Thai cave rescuers

    New species of the world’s most specialised cave-dwelling trapdoor spider, Troglodiplura, have been named in honour of key people involved in the 2018 Thai cave rescue.

    Four new species of the rare, blind, cave-dwelling spiders found only in permanently dark zones in caves of Australia’s Nullarbor Plain have been named and published by Western Australian Museum scientists.

    WA Museum lead scientist Dr Mark Harvey said he and his team wanted to pay tribute to the key people involved in the Thai cave rescue and named the new species in their honour.

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    Flora Perrella

  • Male and female specimens of Harveyus contrerasi.

    7 Jan 2021

    New genus of schizomid named after WA Museum’s Dr Mark Harvey

    Can you imagine having an entire genus named after you?

    This great honour was bestowed upon the Western Australian Museum’s Head of Terrestrial Zoology Dr Mark Harvey, when his colleagues named a new genus of schizomid, or short-tailed whipscorpion, after him.

    The team, led by Rodrigo Monjaraz-Ruedas, discovered six new schizomid genera in their study, and named one Harveyus, in recognition of Mark’s exceptional contributions to schizomid research.

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    Katherine Jeffries

  • Animal head terminal from harness bow

    16 Dec 2020

    The Vikings are here! Real Viking Age artefacts at the WA Maritime Museum

    The largest collection of authentic Viking artefacts to ever come to Western Australia is now on display at the WA Maritime Museum in Fremantle!

    The international touring exhibition Vikings: Warriors of the North, Giants of the Sea offers a fascinating glimpse into the dramatic world of ancient Vikings at home and abroad.

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    Flora Perrella

  • Male Draculoides anachoretus

    28 Oct 2020

    Researchers count 13 new species of fanged arachnids in the Pilbara

    Researchers from the Western Australian Museum and The University of Western Australian have discovered 13 new species of the elusive ‘spricket’ in Australia’s north-west, a creature that looks like a cross between a spider and a cricket and is only around 3mm long and 0.5mm wide.

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    Flora Perrella

  • 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

    At the Western Australian Museum, the health and safety of our visitors, volunteers and employees is our priority.

    We have a COVID-19 Safety Plan in place and we are following Government advice.

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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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    Katherine Jeffries

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