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The WA Museum is the state’s premier cultural organisation, housing WA’s scientific and cultural collection. For over 120 years it has been making WA’s natural and social heritage accessible and engaging through research, exhibitions and public programs. Comprising of six public sites as well as a collection and research centre, the museum houses more than 8 million objects from rare fossils to the iconic racing yacht Australia II.

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Based in the coastal city of Fremantle, The WA Maritime Museum houses several unique galleries that explore WA’s maritime relationship. The Museum also features leisure boats, handcrafted sailing boats and commercial Pearl luggers.

Housed in a restored 1850s-era Commissariat building, The WA Shipwrecks Museum is recognised as the foremost maritime archaeology museum in the southern hemisphere. The Museum showcases hundreds of artefacts from ships wrecked along WA’s coastline.

The regional museums in Geraldton, Kalgoorlie and Albany, showcase the rich and unique history of each city.

The Museum of the Goldfields captures the rich mining history of the Eastern Goldfields, hosting the state’s largest collection of gold bars and nuggets and painting a picture of life on the mines in the early 20th Century.

The Museum of Geraldton celebrates the rich heritage of the land, sea and people of the Mid West, from the archaeological remains of four Dutch shipwrecks to Yamaji history and culture.

Further along WA’s coast, the Museum of the Great Southern overlooks the sites of first European settlement in the state. The museum shares the stories of the Menang Noongar people and as well as the stories of the early settlers and convicts, whilst also exploring the region’s unique natural landscape, flora and fauna.

While the new WA museum won’t open its doors to the public in the Perth Cultural Centre until 2020, visitors can still view the Museum’s collection in a range of locations, including the Perth Concert Hall and the Discovery Zone at the State Library of WA.

Latest News

Celebrate Children’s Week with WA Museum

Celebrate Children’s Week with WA Museum

The WA Shipwrecks Museum and the WA Maritime Museum are celebrating Children’s Week this October with two special family fun...
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WA Museum brings school holiday fun to Perth

WA Museum brings school holiday fun to Perth

The school holidays are almost upon us and the team at WA Museum have put together a jam-packed program of...
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The WA Shipwrecks Museum turns 40

The WA Shipwrecks Museum turns 40

Located in historic Fremantle, the WA Shipwrecks Museum will celebrate its 40th anniversary this Friday. To mark the occasion, the...
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New Museum set to open in 2020

New Museum set to open in 2020

It has been no secret that the WA Museum has been undergoing a serious makeover these past few years. The...
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Explore the WA Museum’s unique December program

Explore the WA Museum’s unique December program

From high quality documentaries, to interactive exhibitions and author appearances, cap off the year by immersing yourself in the insightful...
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Guides


Lustre: Pearling & Australia Touring Exhibition

The use of the pearlshell in Australia dates back over 20,000 years. It is a story full of wonder, intrigue and the ill-effects of greed.

  • Dates:Sep 21 - Feb 2 2020
  • Time(s):10:00am – 4:00pm
  • Venue:Museum of the Great Southern

Details

  • Hosted By:Museum of the Great Southern
  • Venue Address:Residency Rd, Albany WA 6330
  • Ticket Price:Free
  • Type:Free,Museum events
  • Audience:Adults
  • Produced By:WA Museum
  • Event Venue:Museum of the Great Southern

Description

Lustre: Pearling & Australia explores the gritty human story of pearling, weaving together intersecting trends of Aboriginal, Asian, and European histories to reveal insights into one of our oldest industries.

Discover the stories behind Northern Australia's unique and ancient pearling tradition. Immerse yourself in the beauty of the shell itself, its evolution and habitat, and the people who have collected and harvested these treasures for time immemorial.

This exhibition was curated in 2015 as a dynamic partnership between the WA Museum and Nyamba Buru Yawuru–the native title holders of Broome. After an acclaimed tour of the eastern states, Lustre returns to Western Australia for its premiere regional tour.

Deep Light: Illuminating The Wrecks Of Sydney And Kormoran

For more than 66 years, the location of the two ships remained a mystery. Then, in 2008, the Finding Sydney Foundation and shipwreck expert David Mearns found the wrecks off Shark Bay.

  • Dates:Oct 26 - Mar 29
  • Time(s):10:00am – 3:00pm
  • Venue:Museum of the Goldfields

Details

  • Hosted By:Museum of the Goldfields
  • Venue Address:17 Hannan St, Kalgoorlie WA 6430
  • Type:Museum events
  • Audience:Adults,Family-Friendly,For seniors
  • Produced By:WA Museum
  • Event Venue:Museum of the Goldfields

Description

The World War Two encounter between HMAS Sydney (II) and the disguised German raider HSK Kormoran off the Western Australian coast stands as Australia’s worst naval disaster. 81 men from Kormoran were killed and 318 survived. All 645 men on Sydney were lost.

For more than 66 years, the location of the two ships remained a mystery. Then, in 2008, the Finding Sydney Foundation and shipwreck expert David Mearns found the wrecks off Shark Bay.

In 2015, the WA Museum and Curtin University, with vital assistance from DOF Subsea, the Commonwealth Government and other supporters, returned to the wreck sites. Using remotely controlled equipment, the team captured stunning underwater images that revealed the fate of the ships on the seabed, over two kilometres beneath the waves.

In this poignant exhibition, remarkable images and footage allow us to witness this tragic moment in World War Two history, preserved in a remote world of solemn loss, wondrous creatures and surprising colour.

Deep Light is on at Museum of the Goldfields from Saturday 26 October until Sunday 29 March.

Entry is free, donations are welcome.

Evolution: Torres Strait Masks

An exhibition that will take you on a journey back in time where you can experience first-hand masks and their spiritual connection to Torres Strait Islander peoples and culture

  • Dates:Oct 26 - Feb 2
  • Time(s):9:30am - 3:00pm
  • Venue:Museum of Geraldton

Details

  • Produced By:WA Museum
  • Event Venue:Museum of Geraldton
  • Audience:Adults,Family-Friendly,For kids 4-12,For teens 13-17
  • Hosted By:Western Australian Museum
  • Venue Address:Museum of Geraldton, 2 Museum Place, Geraldton, WA, 6530
  • Ticket Price:Free
  • Type:Art Exhibitions,Free,History

Description

This free exhibition will guide visitors into the past, specifically a past on the Torres Strait Islands (Zenadh Kes). Visitors will go back in time and learn about the history of mask making and how this process was spiritiually significant to Torres Strait culture. Ancient masks—Kuyuku Zamiyak (head piece)—are unique to the world. They possess powers which allow one to channel and connect with another realm and were worn only by recognised spiritual leaders of the highest rank who had the ability to communicate with the ancestors of the spirit world.

This exhibition is sure to showcase the evolution of the mask in Torres Strait Islander culture, the cultural protocols of mask-making, tools, materials and techniques of mask-making, how early maritime explorers reacted to this practice and how masks have influenced contemporary art forms. 

Gain special insight into this deeply spiritual practice of mask making revived by eight proud contemporary artists and master craftsmen who want to share this ancient culture and connect us to their spiritual forefathers.

The Antarctica Experience In The Great Southern

After a sell-out season at the WA Maritime Museum and at the National Museum of Australia, The Antarctica Experience is coming to Albany!

  • Dates:Dec 14 - Feb 9
  • Time(s):Session times vary
  • Venue:Museum of the Great Southern

Details

  • Hosted By:Museum of the Great Southern
  • Venue Address:Residency Rd, Albany WA 6330
  • Ticket Price FROM:$7.50
  • Ticket price TO:$40
  • Type:Museum events
  • Audience:Adults,Family-Friendly
  • Produced By:WA Museum
  • Event Venue:Museum of the Great Southern

Description

This is your chance to experience a day in the life of Antarctic scientists as they research this mysterious continent.

You will see first-hand the work that goes into understanding climate change, managing ecosystems, researching sustainability and conserving wildlife.

Along the way you will:

Explore Antarctica from a helicopter cockpit
Visit the resident penguin colony
Meet the researchers at Davis Station
See the spectacular Southern Lights
With 360-degree camera control and stunning 4K footage, this is Antarctica as you’ve never seen it before.

Tickets are on sale now! Discounts available for education and family groups.

School Holidays At WA Maritime Museum 2019 - 2020

Join us these school holidays as we explore the fascinating world of ancient Rome!

  • Dates:Fri 20 Dec 2019 – Sun 2 Feb 2020
  • Time(s):Activity times vary
  • Venue:WA Martime Museum

Details

  • Hosted By:WA Martime Museum
  • Venue Address:Victoria Quay Road, Fremantle, WA, 6160
  • Ticket Price:Entry fee for adults, Pizza Perfetto $15 per child
  • Type:Museum events
  • Audience:Family-Friendly,For kids 4-12,For teens 13-17,Wheelchair Access
  • Produced By:WA Museum
  • Event Venue:WA Maritime Museum

Description

Ancient Rome: Epic Innovators and Engineers

Travel back in time and discover the determination, machines, and genius that carved the great Roman Empire.

Rome Re-Imagined

Join us for a celebration of all things from ancient Rome, as we uncover the wonders of the city that became an empire. Decorate your own paper-craft gladiator helmet or goddess mask to take home. Ward off enemies and play with a Roman warrior’s ship in our toy touch trolley! You can also decorate a Roman battleship and watch it sail across our animated digital screen!

The Grey Company: Gladiator Games

Want to know what it takes to become a gladiator? Join The Grey Company for an insight into the training and techniques needed to compete in one of ancient Rome’s favourite forms of entertainment, the gladiator games!

Rome Show: A Day at the Colosseum

Explore a ‘day in the life’ of the Colosseum; the ancient home of stadium entertainment and gladiator combat. Step inside our own Colosseum where an ‘archaeologist’ and ‘tour guide’ will be your hosts in this fun and entertaining show. Join in a chariot race and have fun with the gladiator game!

Pizza Perfetto! Workshops

Come and learn the secrets of making ‘pizza perfetto’ (perfect pizza) with expert chefs at Fremantle’s Pizza Bella Roma restaurant.This fun workshop will have your hands floured and punching dough with the best of them!

School Holidays At WA Shipwrecks Museum

Become a legendary Spice Captain in the Trade Winds trail at the WA Shipwreck Museum!

  • Dates:Jan 4 - 19
  • Time(s):10:00am - 2:00pm; Storytelling 10:30am
  • Venue:WA Shipwrecks Museum

Details

  • Hosted By:WA Shipwrecks Museum
  • Venue Address:45 Cliff St, Fremantle WA 6160
  • Ticket Price:Trail - Free. Spice bottles - $3
  • Produced By:WA Museum
  • Event Venue:WA Shipwrecks Museum
  • Audience:For kids 4-12

Description

Trade Winds!

Travel back in time these school holidays at the WA Shipwreck Museum. Become a legendary Spice Catain and tell your own tale of traders, treasure and triumphant discoveries as you sail the high seas.

Adevnture awaits on the trail, starting with your Trade Winds clue sheet as your treasure map, set sail across the high seas to gather exotic and valueable spices. Decorate a special spice bottle in beautiful stained-glass colours and make it yours to keep or to give to someone special.

Seek hidden tales when you join in the Great Trade Race Game and listen to thrilling spiced gingerbread stories.

Bookings essential for groups of 10+

Lustre: Pearling & Australia At The Museum Of Geraldton

Lustre: Pearling & Australia explores the gritty human story of pearling.

  • Dates:21 Feb - 21 Jun 2020
  • Time(s):9:30am – 3:00pm
  • Venue:Museum of Geraldton

Details

  • Hosted By:Museum of Geraldton
  • Venue Address:2 Museum Pl, Geraldton WA 6530
  • Ticket Price:Free
  • Type:Free,History,Museum events
  • Audience:Adults
  • Produced By:WA Museum
  • Event Venue:Museum of Geraldton

Description

The use of the pearlshell in Australia dates back over 20,000 years. It is a story full of wonder, intrigue, and the ill-effects of greed.

Lustre: Pearling & Australia explores the gritty human story of pearling, weaving together intersecting trends of Aboriginal, Asian, and European histories to reveal insights into one of our oldest industries.

Discover the stories behind Northern Australia's unique and ancient pearling tradition. Immerse yourself in the beauty of the shell itself, its evolution and habitat, and the people who have collected and harvested these treasures for time immemorial.

This exhibition was curated in 2015 as a dynamic partnership between the WA Museum and Nyamba Buru Yawuru–the native title holders of Broome. After an acclaimed tour of the eastern states, Lustre returns to Western Australia for its premiere regional tour.

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