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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.

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Nyumbi

Experience a celebration of Nyoongar culture through song, dance and language, as local performers share their rich culture and history every Saturday.

  • Dates:Every Saturday | From 22 Jan 2022
  • Time(s):11am
  • Venue:WA Museum Boola Bardip

Details

  • Produced By:WA Museum
  • Type:Aboriginal,Community,Free
  • Event Venue:WA Museum Boola Bardip
  • Performing Arts:Dance
  • Hosted By:WA Museum Boola Bardip
  • Ticket Price:Free
  • Other:Museum events

Description

Nyumbi means celebration dance in Nyoongar language. Experience a celebration of Nyoongar culture through song, dance and language, as local performers share their rich culture and history. Every Saturday at 11am, visitors are invited to experience this 45 minute, free event, including a smoking ceremony and celebration dance from a different Nyoongar performance group each week. Continue your journey into the Museum exhibition Ngalang Koort, Boodja Wirn – Our Heart, Country, Spirit in Wesfarmers Arts gallery, or join a guided tour through the Museum to experience Boola Bardip – ‘many stories’ from Aboriginal communities from around Western Australia. WA Museum Boola Bardip is on Whajduk Nyoongar boodjar. Nyoongar peoples are the Traditional Owners of the south-west boodjar (country) that covers the land from Jurien Bay, to Moora, and to the south coast between Bremer Bay and Esperance. There are 14 clans in Nyoongar nation. The WA Museum acknowledges the diversity that exists in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages and that the spelling of words may also vary. Proudly supported by Tourism WA, City of Perth and produced by Karla Hart Enterprises.

Virtual Realms

An immersive exhibition that redefines digital creativity, where the world of videogames spills out beyond the screen.

  • Dates:Saturday 26 March - Sunday 22 May 2022
  • Time(s):9.30am - 5pm
  • Venue:WA Museum Boola Bardip

Details

  • Produced By:WA Museum
  • Event Venue:WA Museum Boola Bardip
  • Hosted By:WA Museum Boola Badip
  • Ticket Price:$20

Description

An immersive exhibition that redefines digital creativity, where the world of videogames spills out beyond the screen. Step into the realm of the videogame in a series of playful and immersive installations that will take you on a journey through new sonic landscapes and exciting kaleidoscopic worlds. Virtual Realms pairs six of the world's most acclaimed videogame developers with six leading media design studios to create a series of large-scale, experimental spaces. This exhibition presents 21st century game design as a unique form of contemporary art, opening a new way to experience this rapidly evolving platform. Take a journey through the six realms, each with a distinct theme; curated by the Barbican, London with the celebrated game designer Tetsuya Mizuguchi as guest-curator. From playful adventures in unchartered worlds, to meditative reflections on life itself, join us in this physical and communal environment.

Wonderland

Come with Alice on an adventure into Wonderland – an interactive exhibition that celebrates Lewis Carroll’s timeless stories and Alice’s adventures on film.

  • Dates:Saturday Dec 17 2022 – Sunday Apr 23 2023
  • Time(s):9.30am – 5pm
  • Venue:WA Museum Boola Bardip

Details

  • Produced By:WA Museum
  • Other:Artist & Author Book,Museum events
  • Type:Community
  • Event Venue:WA Museum Boola Bardip
  • Art Exhibitions:Photography,Other Visual Arts,Drawing,Video
  • Hosted By:WA Museum Boola Bardip

Description

Curiouser and curiouser! Imagine a world where nothing is impossible. Come with Alice on an adventure into Wonderland – an interactive exhibition that celebrates Lewis Carroll’s timeless stories and Alice’s adventures on film. Explore Alice’s journey from book to screen, through original picture books, magic lanterns, and more than 40 moving image, film and TV moments. Then join an immersive Mad Hatter’s Tea Party that comes alive with digital wizardry. Get lost in the Hallway of Doors, squeeze into a tiny house, climb a giant chair to peek into Alice’s room, and post your personalised soldier avatar on the Queen’s croquet ground. The closer you look, the more you’ll discover – not everything is what it seems!

Belong: Language Connecting Feeling, Culture, Country Exhibitions

Experience an immersive, culturally rich multimedia exhibition like no other. using a mixture of associated portraits, languages, and landscapes to showcase the rich and diverse culture.

  • Dates:Dec 11 - Jan 30
  • Venue:Perth Cultural Centre

Details

  • Produced By:WA Museum
  • Type:Aboriginal,Free
  • Event Venue:WA Museum Boola Bardip
  • Hosted By:WA Museum Boola Bardip
  • Ticket Price:Free

Description

In this exhibition: Nijiniji (Connection in Yawuru) – Awaken your senses with Yawuru speaker, choreographer, and Co-Artistic Director of contemporary dance group Marrugeku, Dalisa Pigram. Watch as she performs her interpretation of what it means for our physical bodies to be ‘joined’ to our emotions: “like bark to a tree”. Martine Perret collaborated with Dalisa and composer Jonathan Mustard to create this unique three-part video. Mitchee Youp Bullargar (Coming Together) – Explore a collection of traditional and ceremonial objects from Vivian Brockman Webb’s family collection. Vivian (aka Dwardinan) is a Matriarch Elder from the Margaret River region in Western Australia. Step through a series of video installations, as Vivian shares her deep knowledge of Country, traditional land management and the importance of what we leave behind which is inspired by her late father’s book Nunyahboogera – My land. About the artist Martine Perret is an award-winning photographic artist who was born in Paris, and now works and lives in Margaret River, Western Australia. Known for her startlingly beautiful portrayal of the Western Australian landscape, she uses aerial photography and portraiture to tell important stories of our times. Martine’s approach to her artistic work is based on a career in photojournalism, including 10 years covering United Nations peacekeeping missions in conflict zones in South Sudan, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Burundi and Timor-Leste. During her time in West Africa, Martine documented the Ebola crisis. Her recent projects Ngala Wongga (Come Talk) – Cultural Significance of Languages in the Goldfields and Belong – Language connecting feeling, culture, country highlight the importance of First Nations' languages and exemplify Martine’s approach to storytelling. Martine’s immersive gallery installations feature her signature aerial landscapes, portraits, lighting, and soundscapes.

Beyond the Milky Way | A 360° VR Film

Journey to the edges of the Universe in stunning 360°.

  • Dates:Dec 11 - Feb 14
  • Time(s):9.30am - 5pm
  • Venue:WA Museum Boola Bardip

Details

  • Produced By:WA Museum
  • Other:Technology,Museum events
  • Event Venue:WA Museum Boola Bardip
  • Hosted By:WA Museum Boola Bardip
  • Ticket Price:$20

Description

Experience the world premiere of one of the greatest scientific endeavours in history, as you step onto the Australian site of the incredible future SKA telescope in an immersive 360° virtual reality cinema experience. Guided by scientists, experts, and ancient astronomers, see the sky in unprecedented 360°, witnessing our world from a new perspective and be transported to the edge of what’s possible.

Brickwrecks: Sunken Ships in LEGO Bricks

Discover the stories of 8 extraordinary shipwrecks, revealed in incredible LEGO model detail!

  • Dates:Jul 3- Jan 30
  • Venue:WA Maritime Museum

Details

  • Produced By:WA Museum
  • Event Venue:WA Maritime Museum
  • Type:Kids
  • Hosted By:WA Maritime Museum
  • Ticket Price:From $12.50, Museum Fees Apply
  • Other:Museum events

Description

Ryan "The Brickman" McNaught and expert maritime archaeologists brings the stories of 8 astonishing shipwrecks in this immersive exhibition. Featuring large-scale LEGO® models of ships such as Western Australia’s famous Batavia, the “unsinkable” Titanic, the highly decorated Vasa and the ill-fated Terror and Erebus. Come and uncover the stories of the voyages, life aboard the ships, their watery demise and the shipwreck detectives who locate and document the wrecks.