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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

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


Buster - It's All About Play

Over the school term the City of Fremantle will be presenting the Buster the Fun Bus program at the WA Maritime Museum!

  • Dates:Apr 30 - Sep 27
  • Time(s):9.30am to 11.30am
  • Venue:WA Maritime Museum

Details

  • Hosted By:WA Maritime Museum
  • Venue Address:Victoria Quay, Peter Hughes Dr, Fremantle WA 6160
  • Ticket Price FROM:Free
  • Type:Free
  • Audience:Family-Friendly,For kids 4-12
  • Produced By:WA Museum
  • Event Venue:WA Maritime Museum

Description

Designed for inquistive minds aged 0 to 5, this free, multi-sensory, and hands-on program offers creative and fun opportunities for families to learn and play together.

You can find the Buster the Fun Bus team in the Australia II Gallery every Friday from 9.30am - 11.30am.

Entry is free for participants and their guardians.

This special program runs during the school term:

Term Two: Tuesday 30 April to Friday 5 July
Term Three: Tuesday 23 July to Friday 27 September

Planet Shark: Predator Or Prey

Leave the outside world behind as you immerse yourself in the incredible underwater world of sharks!

  • Dates:Jul 6 - Nov 10
  • Time(s):9.30am - 5pm
  • Venue:WA Maritime Museum

Details

  • Hosted By:WA Maritime Museum
  • Venue Address:Victoria Quay Road, Fremantle, Western Australia, 6160, Australia
  • Ticket Price FROM:$10
  • Ticket price TO:$20
  • Type:Museum events
  • Audience:Family-Friendly,For kids 4-12,For teens 13-17
  • Produced By:WA Museum
  • Event Venue:WA Maritime Museum

Description

Our latest exhibition will take you on a journey through millions of years of evolution, leaving you with a whole new level of respect for the ocean’s oldest and most effective predator.

Produced on a size and scale never seen in Australia before, Planet Shark includes awe-inspiring models of real sharks, an extraordinary collection of shark teeth and jaws, and extremely old and rare fossils—some up to 370 million years old.

This exhibition also includes a walk through gallery where you will be mesmerised by stunning HD projections of underwater shark footage.

Whether sharks fill you with fear or fascination, Planet Shark: Predator or Prey will have you captivated from start to finish. Don’t miss out on this unique experience for young and old alike!

Tuesday Curatorial: Term Three 2019

Immerse yourself in the fascinating history and stories of the Great Southern each week, as expert speakers bring the region to life.

  • Dates:July 30 - Sep 24
  • Time(s):10:30am – 11:30am
  • Venue:Museum of the Great Southern

Details

  • Hosted By:Museum of the Great Southern
  • Venue Address:Residency Rd, Albany WA 6330
  • Type:History,Museum events
  • Audience:Adults,For seniors
  • Produced By:WA Museum
  • Event Venue:Museum of the Great Southern

Description

All sessions commence at 10.30am in the Old Co-op Building.

Entry is $2 per session or $20 season ticket to attend all Term Three sessions. Bookings are not required.

Morning tea is provided.


Term Three 2019 Calendar

For the Term of His Natural Life - Convict times in Albany
Tuesday 30 July
Albany is unique in WA with two periods of convict settlement - 1826-1831, & 1850-1868. We look at how each affected and developed the settlement, and the special problems that they posed to administrators and free settlers.

Presented by Malcolm Traill, Programs Officer, Museum of the Great Southern.


Two Decades in an Hour - 1800-1820 at King George’s Sound
Tuesday 6 August
In pre-European settlement in Albany, the area had many visitors by explorers, both English and French. Their interactions with the Menang community and their early opinions of this land and coast were always eye-opening.

Presented by Malcolm Traill, Programs Officer, Museum of the Great Southern.


Flying the Yellow Jack - Quarantine in Western Australia
Tuesday 13 August
Quarantine was a big issue in early European settlement when medicine often could not detect or treat epidemics that could spread like wildfire. A seaport like Albany was susceptible to disease outbreaks with every ship’s arrival

Presented by Malcolm Traill, Programs Officer, Museum of the Great Southern.


It’s Not Easy Being Brown - Frogs of Western Australia
NATIONAL SCIENCE WEEK
Tuesday 20 August
WA is home to vast numbers of frog species, most of which have developed camouflage to combat predators and survive in tough environments. Paul Doughty looks deeply into this mysterious amphibious world.

Presented by Paul Doughty, Curator of Herpetology, WA Museum


Curatorials on the Road - Gnowangerup and districts
OFFSITE IN GNOWANGERUP
Tuesday 27 August
In conjunction with ABC Great Southern, we again journey into the region. This time to the historic region of Gnowangerup, where indigenous culture runs parallel to European farm development over the years.

Presented by Malcolm Traill, Programs Officer, Museum of the Great Southern.


Traversing the Land - The story of surveying in Albany
Tuesday 3 September
Surveying often simply conveys lines on maps, but the early surveyors who mapped the countryside and laid out the townsites were pioneers, and we still use much of their work in today’s mapping of the region.

Presented by Malcolm Traill with Andrew Lefort, Surveyor, Harley Dykstra.


Medicine and Arts Intertwined - Tales of the Albany Cottage Hospital
OFFSITE AT VANCOUVER ARTS CENTRE
Tuesday 10 September
Held onsite at the Vancouver Arts Centre, this talk looks at the history of this significant building - first as the main hospital for Albany, and latterly as a community centre for arts and crafts.

Presented by Malcolm Traill with Crispin Travers, Researcher


Fact and Fiction - Examining historical murders of the Great Southern
Tuesday 17 September
All communities have murder stories and Albany is no exception. Kirsten Beidatsch examines half a dozen significant murders in the early years of Albany and picks out common themes of racial hatred, greed and lawlessness.

Presented by Kirsten Beidatsch, Researcher and UWA student.


2019 Southern Art + Craft Trail
Tuesday 24 September
No talk, but instead a chance to enjoy the talents of local artists and craftspeople who exhibit their works at the Museum of the Great Southern. Browse through their displays and chat to them about their techniques and inspirations.

Stories And Structures - New Connections

This exhibition brings together a story-telling and image making tradition, developed over 60,000 years or more, with scientific imaging created by high-tech instruments.

  • Dates:Aug 9 - Oct 13
  • Time(s):9:30am – 3:00pm
  • Venue:Museum of Geraldton

Details

  • Hosted By:Museum of Geraldton
  • Venue Address:2 Museum Place, Batavia Coast Marina, Geraldton, Western Australia, 6530
  • Ticket Price:Free
  • Type:Aboriginal Art & Events,Art Exhibitions,Free,Museum events
  • Audience:Adults
  • Produced By:WA Museum
  • Event Venue:Museum of Geraldton
  • Visual Arts:Aboriginal,Painting

Description

Stories and Structures - New Connections, presented by Microscopy Australia, explores the rich connections between Aboriginal art and the microscopic structures hidden in the natural world, revealing unexpected and intriguing similarities.

This exhibition brings together a story-telling and image making tradition, developed over 60,000 years or more, with scientific imaging created by high-tech instruments.

The artists who have participated in this exhibition come from around Australia and have brought their own styles, traditions and insights to produce new works relating to selected microscopic images. The works reveal the deep and intimate relationship between Culture and Country in a wholly new way, with previously unseen cross-cultural perspectives on how we all know and understand our world.

The Antarctica Vr Experience At Geraldton

Few are fortunate enough to travel to Antarctica. Even fewer experience what it is like to live there. That's all about to change.

  • Dates:Aug 30 - Oct 20
  • Time(s):Session time vary
  • Venue:Museum of Geraldton

Details

  • Hosted By:Museum of Geraldton
  • Venue Address:2 Museum Pl, Geraldton WA 6530
  • Ticket Price FROM:$10
  • Ticket price TO:$15
  • Type:Museum events,Science,Technology
  • Audience:Adults,Family-Friendly
  • Produced By:WA Museum
  • Event Venue:Museum of Geraldton

Description

After sell-out seasons at WA Maritime Museum and National Museum of Australia, The Antarctica Experience is coming to Geraldton!

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.

True To Nature: A Celebration Of Western Australia's Wildflowers

This exhibition celebrates the unique flora of Western Australia through the timeless art of Botanical Illustration.

  • Dates:Sep 28 - Oct 4
  • Time(s):10:00am – 4:00pm
  • Venue:Museum of the Great Southern

Details

  • Hosted By:Museum of the Great Southern
  • Venue Address:Residency Road, Albany, Western Australia, 6330
  • Ticket Price:Free
  • Type:Art Exhibitions,Free,Museum events
  • Audience:Adults
  • Produced By:WA Museum
  • Event Venue:Museum of the Great Southern
  • Visual Arts:Drawing

Description

The Wildflowers of Western Australia are not only wonderful with high biodiversity but are mostly unique to the State. This exhibition features the timeless art of Botanical Illustration by leading Western Australian botanical artists Bryony Fremlin, Maxine Holman, Penny Leech, Margaret Pieroni and Katrina Syme.

  • 28 September to 4 October 2019
  • Open daily 10am-4pm
  • Museum of the Great Southern Pop-Up Galleries
  • Free entry, donations welcome

School Holidays At Museum Of The Great Southern

Keep the kids busy during the school holidays at the Museum of the Great Southern - the program is packed with a range of exciting activities!

  • Dates:Sep 28 - Oct 13
  • Time(s):Activity times vary
  • Venue:Museum of the Great Southern

Details

  • Hosted By:Museum of the Great Southern
  • Venue Address:Residency Road, Albany, Western Australia, 6330
  • Ticket Price FROM:Free
  • Ticket price TO:$8
  • Type:Museum events
  • Audience:Family-Friendly,For kids 4-12
  • Produced By:WA Museum
  • Event Venue:Museum of the Great Southern

Description

Indian Ocean Adventure

Come with us on an adventure of discovery as we explore the depths of the great Indian Ocean and its amazing marine life at Museum of the Great Southern these school holidays.

From ecosystems to ocean currents uncover the fascinating underwater world that is the Indian Ocean.

Lustre: Pearling & Australia

Discover the intriguing stories behind northern Australia's unique pearling tradition. Immerse yourself in the qualities of the shell itself, its evolution and habitat, and the people who have collected and harvested these treasures from Saltwater Country in our newest exhibition, Lustre: Pearling & Australia.

Dates: 21 September 2019 – 2 February 2020
Times: 10am – 4pm
Cost: Free
Age: All ages
Bookings: Not required

Discovery Centre—Indian Ocean Adventure

The Discovery Centre is full of fun and immersive activities for the whole family.

Explore the Indian Ocean from below the waves, interact with science experiments that explain buoyancy in sharks, or try your hand at modelling sea creatures for our diorama.

Dates: 28 September – 13 October
Times: 10am – 4pm
Cost: Free – Fabulous Fish, Ocean Depths Luminaire $5; stained glass art $3; Plaster sea creatures 50c - $2
Age: All ages
Bookings: Not required

Fabulous Fish

Unleash your creativity as you use transparent prints of ocean fish and colourful sharpies to add your individual flare to create a beautiful underwater scene.

Dates: 28 September – 13 October
Times: 10am – 4pm
Cost: Free
Age: All ages
Bookings: Not required

Ocean Depths Luminaire

Create a beautiful and decorative deep ocean luminaire using layers of coloured tissue paper and fine line markers that will shine when lit from within.

Dates: 28 September – 13 October
Times: 10am – 4pm
Cost: $5
Age: All ages
Bookings: Not required

Fishy Prints (workshop)

Using mono-printing and collage techniques create a layered, bright and beautiful masterpiece of creatures of the underwater world.

Dates: 1 October & 8 October
Times: 10.30am – 12pm
Cost: $8
Age: 6 - 14
Bookings: Essential by calling 9841 4844

Discovery Beach Walk

Join us at a local beach to explore the ocean and coastline’s biodiversity. From the tidal zone to deepest part of the ocean discover the types of marine life that live there and we might even spot a whale!

Dates: 4 October & 8 October
Times: 10.30am – 12pm
Cost: $5
Age: All
Bookings: Essential by calling 9841 4844

Programs are subject to availability. All children 12 years and under must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

School Holidays At Museum Of The Goldfields

Reach for the Moon at Museum of the Goldfields these school holidays - there will be a variety of fun-filled activities to keep the little ones enchanted!

  • Dates:Sep 28 - Oct 13
  • Time(s):Activity times vary
  • Venue:Museum of the Goldfields

Details

  • Hosted By:Museum of the Goldfields
  • Venue Address:17 Hannan Street, Kalgoorlie, Western Australia, 6430
  • Ticket Price FROM:Free
  • Ticket price TO:$5
  • Type:Museum events
  • Audience:Family-Friendly,For kids 4-12
  • Produced By:WA Museum
  • Event Venue:Museum of the Goldfields

Description

Reach for the Moon

Reach for the Moon at Museum of the Goldfields these school holidays! Did you know it has been 50 years since the first person walked on the Moon?

Join us as we create rockets, find out what a water bear is, and aim for the stars with a fun range of out-of-this-world school holiday activities.

Aiming for the Stars

Some special stars have come down from the night sky and filled the Museum–can you find them? Follow the star trail and earn your own gold star by answering the trivia questions on the back of each one.

Dates: Saturday 28 September - Sunday 13 October
Times: 10am - 3pm
Cost: Free
Ages:4+
Bookings: Not required

Balloon Rocket Racers

Using a little bit of innovation and imagination, create your own rocket and race it against your friends to see who goes the fastest and the furthest.

How many different ways can we find to get our rockets to the Moon?

Dates:Week 1 Monday - Friday
Times: 10.30am
Cost: $5
Ages: 5+
Bookings: Essential by calling 9021 8533

Water Bears on the Moon

Did you know there are ‘water bears’ on the Moon? Also known as Tardigrades, water bears are near-microscopic animals with long, plump bodies and eight legs. The tiny animals were on an experimental craft which crashed on the Moon. Find out more about Tardigrades and other mini beasts in space.

Dates: Week 2 Monday - Friday
Times: 10.30am
Cost: $5
Ages: 5+
Bookings: Essential by calling 9021 8533

Movies at the Museum

Want some quiet time in the middle of the week? Bring your popcorn and cushions and enjoy a movie at the Museum.

Dates: Wednesday 9 October
Times: 1pm
Cost: Free
Ages:5+
Bookings: Essential by calling 9021 8533

Programs are subject to availability. All children 12 years and under must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Children's Week At Wa Shipwrecks Museum

Join us for Children's Week at the WA Shipwrecks Museum.

  • Dates:Oct 20
  • Time(s):10:00am – 2:00pm
  • Venue:WA Shipwrecks Museum

Details

  • Hosted By:WA Shipwrecks Museum
  • Venue Address:45 Cliff St, Fremantle WA 6160
  • Ticket Price:Free
  • Type:Museum events
  • Audience:Family-Friendly,For kids 4-12
  • Produced By:WA Museum
  • Event Venue:WA Shipwrecks Museum

Description

Bring the whole family down for a special day, discovering some of oldest known shipwrecks of Western Australia. Visit the photographic exhibition As Eye See It, featuring images taken by West Australian young people living in care.

Participants were given a camera and encouraged to take four photographs of things which hold a special significance for them.

Once you have explored the museum enjoy some fantastic free kids activities!  Make your own sun visor to stay safe in the sun, and take part in our sun prints workshop. All celebrating the 2019 theme of a Child's Right to be Healthy, Safe & Happy.

Location: The Storehouse at the WA Shipwrecks Museum
Cost: Free

Immigration Stories Teacher Familiarisation

The WA Maritime Museum is the perfect location to bring Year 6 students as a stimulus to explore the stories of people who migrated to Australia.

  • Dates:Oct 24
  • Time(s):Session Times Vary
  • Venue:WA Maritime Museum

Details

  • Hosted By:WA Maritime Museum
  • Venue Address:Victoria Quay Road, Fremantle, Western Australia, 6160
  • Ticket Price:Free
  • Type:Museum events
  • Audience:Adults
  • Produced By:WA Museum
  • Event Venue:WA Maritime Museum

Description

The Museum is located on Victoria Quay in historic Fremantle where many people disembarked ships to start the Australian part of their migration story.

Immigration Stories is a new two-part 120 minute curriculum-linked package that immerses your students throughout our galleries. It assists teachers of Year 6 students with the following HASS focus questions:

Why did they migrate to Australia and what were their stories and challenges?

How did they contribute to Australian society?

The Maritime Museum Education Team is excited to offer teachers the opportunity to experience Immigration Stories through one of our FREE program familiarisation sessions. This will help you to plan your excursion and prepare your students and adult helpers for the day.

At the familiarisation sessions teachers will:

  • Meet the Education Officers who created the program
  • Learn about the background to Immigration Stories and how the program links to the curriculum
  • Take part in the highlights of the interactive gallery tour that follows the life of an Italian fishing migrant who came to Fremantle in the early 1900s
  • Handle the objects that represent the stories of our 5 featured migrants and find out more about the related student inquiry activity
  • Find out about the booking process and important excursion essentials to the WA Maritime Museum
  • Chat with your teaching colleagues on how they will incorporate Immigration Stories into their classroom

The next Immigration Stories familiarisation sessions will be held at the WA Maritime Museum on Thursday 24 October, 2019. The familiarisation program is free and includes light refreshments. There will be three sessions offered throughout the day and teachers are welcome to explore the Museum before/after the session during opening hours.

The session times available are:

  • Session 1: 9am - 11am
  • Session 2: 1pm - 3pm
  • Session 3: 4pm - 6pm

 

Children's Week At Wa Maritime Museum

We are celebrating Children's Week at the WA Maritime Museum with a special family fun day!

  • Dates:Oct 27
  • Time(s):10:00am – 2:00pm
  • Venue:WA Maritime Museum

Details

  • Hosted By:WA Maritime Museum
  • Venue Address:Victoria Quay, Peter Hughes Dr, Fremantle WA 6160
  • Type:Museum events
  • Audience:Family-Friendly,For kids 4-12,For teens 13-17
  • Produced By:WA Museum
  • Event Venue:WA Maritime Museum

Description

Explore the depths of WA's maritime history and a range of exciting shark-themed activities. Don't forget to meet our very special guest, Seamus the Shark at 10.30am and 11.30am!

Entry to the Museum is free for this special event, but charges apply to the special exhibition Planet Shark: Predator or Prey and the HMAS Submarine Ovens.

Ngalipa Wangka Art Project

The East Kalgoorlie Primary School (EKPS) Ngalipa Wangka Art Project is a collaboration between acclaimed local Aboriginal artists Edie Ulrich, Marjorie Stubbs and Danny Ulrich and EKPS upper primary.

  • Dates:Nov 1 - Dec 9
  • 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,Aboriginal Art & Events
  • Audience:Family-Friendly,For kids 4-12
  • Produced By:WA Museum
  • Event Venue:Museum of the Goldfields

Description

This project provided an amazing opportunity for students to absorb cultural knowledge and mentorship from respected members of the community and to share this with the wider Kalgoorlie-Boulder community.

Together we have created a major artwork which depicts local flora interwoven with elements of local Aboriginal culture.

EKPS would like to thank our sponsors who have provided invaluable support, both financially and in practical ways.

This truly has been a team effort and we are so grateful to you all. 

Nikon-Walkley Press Photography Exhibition

The Walkley Awards are the highest honour in Australian journalism, celebrating excellence across all media.

  • Dates:Aug 31 - Oct 6
  • Time(s):9:30am – 5:00pm
  • Venue:WA Maritime Museum

Details

  • Hosted By:WA Maritime Museum
  • Venue Address:Victoria Quay, Peter Hughes Dr, Fremantle WA 6160
  • Ticket Price:Free
  • Type:Art Exhibitions,Museum events
  • Audience:Adults
  • Produced By:WA Museum
  • Event Venue:WA Maritime Museum
  • Visual Arts:Photography

Description

Since 1956, when the first Walkleys were bestowed in five categories, the awards have grown to more than 30 categories, including documentary film and non-fiction books.

The Nikon-Walkley Awards for Excellence in Photojournalism recognise the work of photographers across a range of genres – from news and sport to portraiture and photographic essays.

This exhibition, showcasing the 2018 finalists, encompasses a range of stories – from politicians to everyday folk, from our backyards to the furthest corners of the globe.

Such is the power of photojournalism: in a frozen moment, the smallest story can be as compelling as the largest.

As Eye See It Photographic Exhibition

As Eye See It Photographic Exhibition asked young people living in care in Western Australia to express what is important to them through photography.

  • Dates:Aug 31 - Oct 20
  • Time(s):9:30am – 5:00pm
  • Venue:WA Shipwrecks Museum

Details

  • Hosted By:WA Shipwrecks Museum
  • Venue Address:Cliff Street, Fremantle, Western Australia, 6160
  • Ticket Price:TBC
  • Type:Art Exhibitions,Museum events,Youth Art / Performance
  • Audience:Adults,Family-Friendly,For teens 13-17
  • Event Venue:WA Shipwrecks Museum
  • Visual Arts:Photography,Youth
  • Produced By:WA Museum

Description

Participants were given a camera and encouraged to take four photographs of things which hold a special significance for them.

The collection of photographs aims to raise awareness about what it means to live in out-of-home care and provides an insight into the worlds of these young people.

View this free exhibition at the WA Shipwrecks Museum in our new multipurpose community space.

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.

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