Exhibitions

Discover our State’s rich cultural and natural heritage through three major themes.

Being Western Australian:
Celebrating the diversity of our people.

Discovering Western Australia:
Providing a gateway to our incredible State.

Exploring the World:
Defining Western Australia’s place in the world.

 

Permanent exhibitions

Each of the Museum’s exhibitions explores these themes through collections, research and the perspectives of communities from across Western Australia.

Woven throughout are the voices of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, recognising the primary rights of Australia’s first peoples in practising and expressing their cultural heritage.

Special exhibitions

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Songlines: Tracking the Seven Sisters

An ancient creation saga featuring a dramatic chase across the Australian deserts.

This award-winning exhibition is the culmination of more than five years of collaboration between Aboriginal communities and the National Museum of Australia.

Artists from Tjanpi Desert Weavers let their tjanpi sisters fly, Papulankutja, Western Australia, 2015
Tjanpi Desert Weavers 2020 Image: Annieka Skinner, Tjanpi Desert Weavers
Kayili field trip April 2008 Nola Campbell, with her painting, Tika Tika

Yiwarra Kuju: The Canning Stock Route

The expansion of the Western Australian mining and pastoral industries in 1906, led to the surveying of a 1,850km cattle track.

This exhibition depicts the story and impact of this track, told from the perspectives of the diverse Aboriginal peoples whose Country it crossed.

Kayili field trip April 2008 Nola Campbell, with her painting, Tika Tika
Tim Acker/FORM