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  • 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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    News
    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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    News
    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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    News
    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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    News
    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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    News
    Yoshika Kon

  • 20 Apr 2022

    Protection of Cultural Objects on Loan (PCOL) – Dinosaurs of Patagonia

    The information below describes the objects borrowed by the Western Australian Museum for the Dinosaurs of Patagonia exhibition from the Museo Paleontologico Egidio Feruglio. Dinosaurs of Patagonia will be on display at the Western Australian Museum Boola Bardip, in the Perth Cultural Centre, Perth WA 6000, from the 2nd of July 2022 until the 23rd of October 2022.

    Dinosaurs of Patagonia Provenance List [PDF 8.1MB]

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    Article
    Katherine Jeffries

  • A bird with striking yellow feathers contrasted against black feathers.

    16 Mar 2022

    Stunning photographs of the natural world to go on show at the Museum of the Goldfields

    The Australian Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year exhibition will open at the Museum of the Goldfields this Saturday, 19 March.

    The annual Australian Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year competition celebrates the unique beauty of the flora, fauna and landscapes of Australia, New Zealand, Antarctica and New Guinea bioregions through the lenses of professional, emerging and junior photographers.

    Every year the finalists and winners of the competition are featured in an exhibition produced by the South Australian Museum.

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    News
    Yoshika Kon

  • Batavia model - deck view

    17 Feb 2022

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

    A compelling exhibition using LEGO® bricks is travelling to the Museum of the Great Southern, after a successful debut at the WA Maritime Museum.

    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.

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    News
    Flora Perrella

  • Anne Frank

    15 Feb 2022

    Anne Frank's life and legacy on display at the Museum of the Great Southern

    An exhibition reflecting on the life and legacy of Anne Frank will open at the Museum of the Great Southern.

    The Let Me Be Myself – The Story of Anne Frank exhibition follows the life of Anne Frank from her birth in Frankfurt, Germany in 1929 to her death in Bergen-Belsen in 1945.

    Anne Frank may well be the most well-known victim of the Holocaust. Persecuted for being Jewish, Anne and her family went into hiding in a secret annex during World War Two. During her stay in hiding, Anne kept a diary, which was then published after the War.

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    News
    Yoshika Kon

  • 8 Feb 2022

    Fate of Australia’s first submarine HMAS AE1 revealed at the Museum of Geraldton

    An exhibition examining the loss of Australia’s first submarine opens at the Museum of Geraldton this week.

    The HMAS AE1 Revealed exhibition recounts the submarine’s sinking in September 1914, as well as the discovery of the wreck more than 100 years later.

    HMAS AE1 was presumed lost when it did not return to port after departing to patrol for German warships at the outbreak of the First World War. The loss of HMAS AE1 claimed the lives of 35 officers and crew members.

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    News
    Yoshika Kon

  • Near-complete Southern Hairy-nosed Wombat

    25 Jan 2022

    Evidence that wombats are alive and well in Western Australia

    Wombats in Western Australia – feared to be extinct in the 1980s – are alive and well.

    A recent expedition to the Nullarbor Plain, led by Western Australian Museum Curator of Mammalogy, Dr Kenny Travouillon, found two near-complete Southern Hairy-nosed Wombat skeletons indicating the population is recovering.

    Dr Travouillon said the find was exciting for Western Australia and good news for the marsupial.

    “Wombats in Western Australia were almost completely extinct as a result of the introduction of European Rabbits,” he said.

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    News
    Flora Perrella

  • WA Museum Boola Bardip turns one

    17 Nov 2021

    Join the celebrations! WA Museum Boola Bardip turns one

    It has been one year since the WA Museum Boola Bardip opened its doors and the Museum is inviting all West Australians to join the party!

    On Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 November the Museum is celebrating with fun family activities, free tours and events, performances by musicians and DJs, expert talks, a yoga class and meditation sessions, and more!

    Western Australian Museum CEO Alec Coles said this weekend was a great time to explore the Museum’s eight permanent exhibitions, unique collections and personal stories.

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    News
    Yoshika Kon

  • Along the Birdsville Track, near Birdsville, Queensland

    1 Nov 2021

    Iconic Australian photographs and stories to go on show at the Museum of the Great Southern

    A stunning collection of photographs from Australia’s outback, bush and coast is making its way to the Museum of the Great Southern.

    A Portrait of Australia: Stories through the lens of Australian Geographic is touring the country as part of a partnership between the National Museum of Australia and Australian Geographic.

    The stunning display of large format photographic prints unites the expertise of Australian Geographic’s acclaimed photographers and the National Museum’s interpretive storytelling experience.

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    News
    Yoshika Kon

  • 13 Oct 2021

    Dinosaurs to storm the Museum of the Goldfields

    Prepare to be transported back in time when some incredible dinosaurs arrive at the Museum of the Goldfields on Saturday 30 October 2021.

    Dinosaur Explore: Lost Creatures of the Cretaceous brings to life some extraordinary dinosaurs of Earth’s Cretaceous period in a spine-tingling, custom-made exhibition featuring 14 life-size models, 13 of which are animatronic.

    Museum of the Goldfields Regional Manager Cara Haymes said the dinosaurs will inhabit specially created Cretaceous era environments.

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    News
    Flora Perrella

  • 11 Oct 2021

    Murujuga Rock Art Strategy and Rock Art Stakeholder Reference Group

    The Western Australian Museum is a member of the Murujuga Rock Art Stakeholder Reference Group (MRASRG), which is consulted in the development and implementation of the Murujuga Rock Art Strategy. Established in 2018 by the Minister for Environment, Hon. Stephen Dawson MLC, the MRASRG comprises representatives from Murujuga Aboriginal Corporation and key government, industry and community representatives.  

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    Article
    Erin Vlajsavljevich

  • Frog and Brolga interactive experience

    30 Jun 2021

    Jirraginy joo Goorrarndal: Frog and Brolga

    A Gija creation story

    This online interactive experience of the Gija Creation story ‘Jirraginy joo Goorrarndal: Frog and Brolga’ is an adaptation of the Gija permanent interactive display panel situated in The WA Museum’s Boola Bardip Origins Gallery.

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    Article

  • 30 Jun 2021

    New research discovering new species of fussy barnacles

    Three new species have just been described as part of an ongoing research project between the WA Museum and Curtin University, which has been examining the diversity of a symbiotic group of barnacles found embedded in the tissues of sponges. There were approximately 20 named species of sponge-inhabiting barnacles in Australia and this latest publication from the project adds an additional six species to the Australian fauna, including the three new species.

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    Blog entry
    Andrew Hosie

  • Fossils of three new bandicoot species

    8 Jun 2021

    Oldest fossil bilby and bandicoots discovered by WA Museum scientist

    Western Australian Museum scientist Dr Kenny Travouillon has discovered the new oldest fossil bilby and bandicoot, which were found in central Australia.

    The oldest fossil bilby (Bulbadon warburtonae) has now been identified as 24.9 million years old. The previous was 10 million years old.

    The oldest fossil bandicoot was 24.9 million years old and now the oldest fossil bandicoot (Bulungu minkinaensis) has been identified as 26 million years old. The research was published this week in Alcheringa: An Australasian Journal of Palaeontology.

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    News
    Flora Perrella

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