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by Katie Snowdon (subscribe)
A freelance writer new to Perth. Katie has written articles about her hometown in the UK for five years and is keen to see how Perth compares
Published August 26th 2012
Whilst I'm aware that one section of the Western Australian Museum was in the process of having a new exhibition installed at the time of my visit, and so things may be different since then, I'd still like to give a review of my time at the museum.

Being the complete tourist that I am, I left it surprisingly long before actually going inside the museum, despite regularly passing it on James Street, Northbridge. I must admit I'd always been jealous whilst walking past the entrance and seeing all the children playing on the huge xylophones/glockenspiels/whatever other names are given to lines of metal that gets hit with a stick. Not to mention the impressive painting on the floor and various other objects to play with/climb on. So I finally got round to paying the (no-fee but donations welcome) museum a visit.

Inside was not nearly as interactive as the outside promises, but some of the exhibitions were impressive.

I must admit I'd had my share of creepy stuffed animals at the Guildford Museum of Natural History, so the hall of mammals wasn't nearly as interesting to me as the adjoining butterfly room: or rather the beautiful way the collection of creatures is set out, covering several walls and beautifully colour-coded. I enjoyed the intricacy of this room.

More impressive still though, to me at least, was the dinosaur bones, towering above my head in a dark, atmospheric room. I believe this room even had a little interactivity for children in the form of noises. Not terribly exciting, I know, but it was something. The other collection that I felt was really worth mentioning was the meteors, planets and stars. Again, it was the unusual aesthetics of the displays that I enjoyed here.

Overall, it was a nice museum, manageable to get around in half a day at most, with some striking features, although more suited to slightly older children unless you plan on leaving the younger ones outside by the xylophone (that's a joke, by the way).

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Why? For fun and education
Phone: (08) 9212 3700
Where: Northbridge
Cost: Free - Donations welcomed
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