On 21 November 2020, Western Australia's brand-new state museum, WA Museum Boola Bardip, opened its doors to the public in the Perth Cultural Centre after being closed for redevelopment since 2016. Its name Boola Bardip means 'many languages' in Noongar language and was chosen to acknowledge the shared cultural heritage of Western Australians.
In January 2021, WA Museum Boola Bardip will be hosting weekly, casual tour groups called 'Meet the Museum' where you will be able to meet the scientists, historians, researchers and curators who work in the museum. You will learn about fascinating stories and all of the work that goes on behind-the-scenes at the museum.
The tour groups will be child-friendly and free of charge but space will be limited so it is recommended that people reserve their spot via the WA Museum website well in advance. General entry to the museum will be included in the booking.
The tour groups scheduled for January include:
Cretaceous Marine Reptiles from the Kalbarri Region.
Date: Wednesday, 20 January 2021 from 1pm to 1.30pm
In this tour group you will meet Dr Mikael Siversson and learn about cretaceous marine reptiles that have been found in the Kalbarri Region. Dr Mikael Siversson is the Head of Earth and Planetary Sciences at the Museum and is considered a well-known expert in the fossils of lamniform sharks dating back to the Cretaceous period. .
Community-science and Seadragon Conservation.
Date: Wednesday, 27 January 2021 from 1pm to 1.30pm
Dr Nerida Wilson will be hosting this tour group and will be discussing the SeadragonSearch research project which uses artificial intelligence to learn more about wild seadragon populations. The goal of the program is to use the data to help shape conservation policy to help protect the seadragons and their habitats. Dr Nerida Wilson is the Manager of the Western Australian Museum's Molecular Systematics Unit and has an interest in biological diversity and marine invertebrates.
To secure your place to a 'Meet the Museum' tour group please CLICK HERE.