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  • The Clipper wreck

    29 May 2024

    Deep dives into Rottnest's Ships Graveyard

    Diving up to 100m into the Indian Ocean west of Perth, a team of elite technical divers are uncovering and identifying shipwrecks in conjunction with the Western Australian Museum. Some of these shipwrecks have been at the bottom of the sea for more than 100 years.

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    Flora Perrella

  • Ange Leech, Project Officer Regions, Western Australian Museum with Naqa, a camel puppet built by Karen Hethey at the WA Museum

    27 May 2024

    Western Australian Museum joins in WA Day celebrations

    WA Day unites all people young and old, from all ethnicities and cultures, who have made Western Australia such an incredible and unique place to live.  It’s a day where we acknowledge the histories, diverse cultures and contributions made by all people who proudly call Western Australia home. 

    Here's how you can celebrate with the Western Australian Museum! 


    WA Museum Boola Bardip: Nyoongar Story Time 

    Where: WA Museum Boola Bardip 

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    Kasper Johansen

  • Western Australian Museum volunteers pose for a group photo underneath the Museum's colourful mineral archway

    23 May 2024

    National Volunteer Week

    National Volunteer Week is a time to celebrate volunteers across the country, but at the WA Museum we are grateful for our volunteers every day of the year! 

    If you have visited one of our sites, you've likely been greeted by one of our wonderful volunteers. Knowledgeable, passionate, helpful, and generous, they are always there to ensure visitors have the best experience at any one of WA Museum's seven locations. 

    Here's what they had to say about why they volunteer:

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    Kasper Johansen

  • 14 May 2024

    Deep-sea explorer and filmmaker James Cameron visits Fremantle in exclusive WA Museum event

    We were thrilled to bring James Cameron to Western Australia for a public event on Sunday 24 March 2024, to celebrate the launch of JAMES CAMERON – CHALLENGING THE DEEP at the WA Maritime Museum.

    The In Conversation event, held at the Fremantle Passenger Terminal, saw senior reporter and film critic Ben O’Shea discuss with James Cameron his passion and pursuits in deep ocean scientific and technical innovations, creative achievements, and his relationship between filmmaking and deep ocean exploration.

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    Ella Winterbottom

  • A historical picture of a group of men on camel-back

    6 May 2024

    Untold Western Australian tales take the spotlight in new documentary series

    A captivating new twelve-part documentary series, Such Was Life, delves into the fascinating and often overlooked stories across Western Australia, spotlighting the people and narratives defining our state's unique character.

    These five-minute documentary shorts look at stories across regional Western Australia. From the first bride of Coolgardie and Australia’s largest ghost town to a musical tour on the back of an old Army truck and a time when water was more precious than gold, Such Was Life explores how the past has shaped the Western Australia we know today.

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    Kasper Johansen

  • A green turtle rests among coral at low tide in the Kimberley region

    29 Apr 2024

    New study reveals the Kimberley Reefs are a nationally significant reservoir of tropical coral biodiversity

    Coral reefs in the Kimberley region of northwest Western Australia are home to substantially greater coral diversity than first thought a new Western Australian Museum study finds.

    A new publication into the reef-building hard coral biodiversity of the Kimberley region has revealed the importance of the Kimberley region as a nationally significant reservoir of tropical coral biodiversity.

    The study increases previous estimates of reef-building corals in the Kimberley to 438 species, about 20% higher than earlier estimates of coral diversity in the region.

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    Kasper Johansen

  • 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!


    WA MUSEUM BOOLA BARDIP

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