Established in 1891 in the old Perth gaol, it was known as the Geological Museum and its collections were geological, ethnological and biological. In 1897 it officially became the Western Australian Museum and Art Gallery.
Today the Western Australian Museum comprises six public sites and a collection and research centre and houses more than 4.5 millions objects from rare fossils to the iconic racing yacht Australia II.
The Museum also manages 200 shipwrecks sites of the 1500 known to be located off the WA coast and manages eight Aboriginal land reserves.
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Support The Museum
Every year, the Western Australian Museum undertakes valuable research to help understand and study the natural world and social history of our unique state. The Museum also runs dozens of public programs, holds numerous exhibitions and provides outreach services to the entire state.
There are many ways to get involved and support the Museum.
If you have any specific questions about the Museum, or how you can help support it, please contact Western Australian Museum Foundation:
Locked Bag 49 Welshpool DC, WA 6986
Phone: (08) 9212 3766
Fax: (08) 9212 3882