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Published February 4th 2013
Looking for something to do?
Being a massive museum buff I thought I would bring you a collection of some of the museums that WA has to offer in the area of Science. So here are four that you should check out:
Museum of Western Australia (Perth) Opening in the late 1800's this is Western Australia's leading museum located in the heart of Perth. Their mission: "... to inspire people to explore and share their identity, culture, environment and sense of place, and to experience and contribute to the diversity and creativity of our world." The Museum of Western Australia has branches located around WA, but their main museum is where the 'main science is at'. Here you will find fossils, taxidermy, artefacts and more. This museum focuses on all aspects of the world from biology and anthropology to geology. The Perth museum is also host to different exhibits throughout the year. Jump online to see what they have on now.
Where: Perth Cultural Centre, James Street, Perth. When: Open daily: 9.30am – 5.00pm Price: Free, though $5 donation is recommended.
The Museum of Western Australia located in Perth Cultural Centre.
Opening in 1988, their mission: "... to increase awareness, interest, capability and participation by all Western Australians in science, technology, engineering and mathematics."
This museum is more targeted at our little scientists. Children of all ages from infants to teenagers will find something to amuse themselves here, while also learning a thing or two. Scitech is more of an interactive learning environment where you learn by doing as opposed to reading and looking. Though, in saying this, they do hold entertaining shows for all learning levels; from puppet theatre for the littler ones to daily shows targeted for all ages. Don't get me wrong, even adults will find it fun to come and interact with their range of over 100 exhibits. My favourite feature is their planetarium, Horizon, which is currently the largest in Australia. Here they present multiple science based shows that take you on an experience.
Where: City West Centre, Sutherland Street, West Perth. When: Weekends, school holidays and public holidays: 10am until 5pm; Weekdays (except during school holidays): 9.30am until 4pm. Prices vary: Free for under 3yo up to $17 Adult. Confirm on their website.
The exhibit currently at Scitech: Science Fiction, Science Future.
Gingin Gravity Discovery Centre Their mission: "...to inspire, challenge and educate through exploration of space, time and gravity." Now this Museum is a little hike from Perth, approximately an hour and a half drive from Perth CBD. But if you are science buff like me, that is no distance at all. Here you will find out about the universe and all its wonders. There is much to do and see on your visit from interactive exhibits, Art Galleries, botanical gardens, the solar system walk, The Leaning Tower of Gingin and much more. This museum also has an observatory attached whom regularly hold star gazing nights, for the public.
Where: 1098 Military Road, Gingin West When: 9:30am to 5:00pm from Tuesday to Sunday, and Mondays during school holidays and public holidays. Price: Adults $15 Child $10 Senior/Students/Concessions $12.
Edward de Courcy Clarke Earth Science Museum This museum was named after a well respected professor of earth sciences at the University of Western Australia (from 1920-1948). Their mission: "... provide a rich resource for researchers and learning experience for students and visitors." Since opening in 1963, this museum focused to provide, as the name of the suggests, resources in the Earth Sciences including minerals and fossils. Some other features include meteorites, history of the atmosphere, soils and just outside the museum are gardens that will transport you into history. The Eocene and Jurassic Gardens are filled with plants would have been found in the area during that particular time period. Eocene Period: 38-55 million years ago and Jurassic Period: 135 - 190 million years ago.
Where: UWA Crawley Campass When: Monday, Wednesday and Friday 9.30am to 5pm; Saturday 2pm to 5pm Price: Free
Great brief on some of the Perth areas museums. I work in the museum industry and it's great to see some lesser known places, like GinGin and Edward de Courcy getting a look in. Perhaps a look at some other hidden gems, such as our local government museums, could be a future article?