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.

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

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

Batavia Coast Marina, Geraldton / Jambinu

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

17 Hannan Street, Kalgoorlie / Karlkurla
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.
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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.

A small group of eleven people of various ages in matching black trousers and grey shirts with the word volunteer on the front, and gold lanyards. They all pose with their arms out, and stand under a large and colourful kaleidoscopic tunnel
Miles Noel

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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.