The Perth location of the Western Australian Museum has closed. It is scheduled to reopen as the New Museum of Western Australia in 2020.
While the Western Australian Museum is spread over six sites and houses a collection of over 4.7 million items, the Perth location is the main site. With an aim to reflect upon and document the rich cultural and natural heritage of Western Australia, the museum houses exhibits in the fields of zoology, earth and planetary sciences, anthropology, archaeology, and history.
Along with a diverse array of permanent and temporary exhibitions, the Western Australian Museum prides itself on its research. Permanent exhibitions include WA Land and People, documenting Western Australia from dinosaurs to now; Katta Djinoong, depicting the culture and history of the Aboriginal people of Western Australia; and an exhibition investigating the biodiversity of life in the waters off the state’s coast.
Three of the museum’s six sites are located in Perth. The Perth branch is located in the cultural centre, and the Maritime Museum and Shipwreck Galleries are located to the north in Freemantle. The Maritime and Shipwreck Galleries, as the names suggest, are spaces dedicated largely related to life in or on the water. One of the most popular exhibits is the Australia II yacht, which famously won the Americas Cup in 1983.
The Perth museum is located within a few minutes’ walk from the Perth Train Station.