Browse Entries

Corporate entry Western Australian Museum (1891 - )

Alternative Names
  • Geological Museum (Former name, 1891 - 1897)
  • Western Australian Museum and Art Gallery (Former name, 1897 - 1959)


The Western Australian Museum was established in 1891. Originally known as the Geological Museum it was located in the old Perth Gaol. In 1897 it was renamed the Western Australian Museum and Art Gallery, before becoming the Western Australian Museum in 1959 when the Art Gallery and Museum became independent institutions.


The Western Australian Museum was established as a statutory body in 1969. As a statutory body it has five branches in addition to the Perth branch known as The Western Australian Museum. These include:

  • Museum of Geraldton, which focuses on the Mid West region of Western Australia;
  • Museum of the Goldfields, which focuses on the Eastern Goldfields of Western Australia;
  • WA Maritime Museum, located in Fremantle focuses on Western Australia's relationship with all things maritime;
  • Museum of the Great Southern, which focuses on the Southern region of Western Australia; and
  • WA shipwrecks Museum, which is a maritime archaeology museum

Related People

Published resources

Book Sections

  • Bevan, A. W. R., 'The Western Australian Museum meteorite collection' in The history of meteorites and key meteorite collections: fireballs, falls and finds, McCall, G. J. H., Bowden, A. J. and Howarth, R. J., eds (London: Geological Society, 2006), pp. 305-23. Details
  • Chadwick, Ross, '"Your Obedient Servant": the John Tunney Collection at the Western Australian Museum' in The Makers and Making of Indigenous Australian Museum Collections, Peterson, Nicolas, Allen, Lindy and Hamby, Louise, eds (Carlton: Melbourne University Press, 2008), pp. 255-77. Details

Journal Articles

  • Bevan, A. W. R., 'The Western Australian Museum Meteorite collection', Geological Society, London, Special Publications, 256 (2006), 305-23. Details
  • Bevan, A. W. R. and Downes, P. J., 'Mineralogy at the Western Australian Museum', Australian Journal of Mineralogy, 6 (2) (2000), 93-100. Details
  • Downes, Peter J., Bevan, Alex W. R. and Deacon, Geoff, 'The Fletcher Collection of Minerals at the Western Australian Museum: a Late 19th Century Gem', Australian Journal of Mineralogy, 16 (1) (2011), 3-14. Details
  • Renwick, Doreen M., 'Otto Lipfert: Taxidermist to the Western Australian Museum, 1894-1942', Early Days, 10 (1) (1989), 57-72. Details
  • Serventy, Donimic Louis, 'L. Glauert. [obituary of Ludwig Glauert, Director Emeritus of the Western Australian Museum]', Emu, 63 (1) (1963), 74-75. Details

Resource Sections

Elizabeth Daniels