Western Australian Museum

The Western Australian Museum is the State’s premier cultural organisation, housing WA’s scientific and cultural collection.

For over 120 years the Museum has been making the State's natural and social heritage accessible and engaging through research, exhibitions and public programs.

Today, the Museum has seven public locations across our State – and a Collections and Research Centre that houses more than eight million objects.

The WA Museum Boola Bardip opened in the Perth Cultural Centre on Saturday 21 November 2020 with nine days of celebration.

Three men, one dressed in a dark blue suit with a yellow tie and tinted glasses, and the other two in khaki slack pants and a blue and green polo shirt stand on a white boat and stare imposingly into the camera.
Taking Liberty, THEATRE 180

Taking Liberty

WA Museum, in collaboration with THEATRE 180, presents one of the greatest moments in Australian sporting history – the defeat of Liberty by Australia II in the 1983 America’s Cup.

Combining live theatre against a cinematic backdrop, experience this world premiere production, marking the 40th anniversary of the historic win at WA Maritime Museum: Home of Australia II.

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Perth Cultural Centre
A place to share Western Australia’s many stories. Our people, our places and our role in the world.
Victoria Quay Road, Fremantle
Discover the vast riches of Western Australia’s maritime history.
Cliff Street, Fremantle

Dive into the fascinating history of Australia’s oldest shipwrecks.

Batavia Coast Marina, Geraldton

Celebrating the rich heritage of the land, sea and people of the Mid West region.

Hannan Street, Kalgoorlie
Showcasing the rich history of the Eastern Goldfields and the city’s mining heritage.
A shipwreck in shallow water near a sandbar, beneath a light blue sky. Most of the upper half of the shipwreck is exposed to the air above the water's surface.
WA Museum

Review of the Maritime Archaeology Act

The Western Australian Government, through the Western Australian Museum (WA Museum) has proposed changes to the Maritime Archaeology Act 1973 (WA) to reflect changes in national legislation, international and best practice, and to take account of the changing context of maritime archaeology over the last 50 years.



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WA Museum Boola Bardip

Animated and vibrant performance of culture, dance, song, projections, and otherworldly sounds coming together to transform an old car wreck into a travelling canvas of story and culture.

A touring exhibition

Colourful buprestidae specimens arranged in a line

Revealing the collections

The Western Australian Museum collection site holds a variety of digitised collections, and will continue to grow as our collection becomes increasingly digitised.

Uluru before sunset colors, Ayers Rock, Red Center, Australia

Western Australian Museum Trustees Statement ahead of the Referendum on the Indigenous Voice to Parliament

The Trustees of the Western Australian Museum have prepared a statement on the ‘Indigenous Voice’ encouraging people to ensure they are well-informed, prior to the referendum.