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We believe that Western Australia stands as an extraordinary and globally iconic cultural location. It is a place in constant evolution which harnesses the imagination with spectacular and diverse natural attractions which inspire and transform everyone it touches.

We don’t simply assist to preserve the past. We work to define and advance our social and scientific heritage, both in Western Australia and on the world stage, now and for future generations.

We are the Foundation for the Museum of Western Australia.

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Foundation for the WA Museum welcomes new partner DFO

The Foundation for the WA Museum is very excited to announce a new partnership with DFO Perth. Since opening to great aplomb in October last year, DFO offers customers a premium outlet shopping experience.

DFO, by association with the Foundation for the WA Museum, and the WA Museum, is Principal Partner of the Kylie On Stage exhibition which opened at the WA Maritime Museum in Fremantle last month and which runs until mid-June 2019. Sharing strong values and a genuine commitment to positively impacting the community, the partnership is a perfect fit for the Foundation and the Museum, and we hope, is the first of a long and fruitful alliance.

DFO Perth boasts 113 specialty stores including international designers, premium apparel, mainstream fashion, lifestyle and homewares at up to 70% off, all year round. With 24,000 square metres of modern retail space and a contemporary food offering, playground facilities and parking for more than 1,500 cars, it is a space for the whole family to enjoy.

DFO Perth Centre Manager Leanne Smith said the centre was a unique offering within the Perth market.

“We opened in October 2018 with a number of premium brands first to market in Western Australia, all at up to 70 per cent off,” Leanne said.

“We’re pleased to be able to offer such phenomenal value on the best brands to West Australians every day of the week.

“The DFO brand is iconic in retail and we are really excited to partner with the Foundation and the WA Museum to bring some of music’s most iconic costumes and stories to WA with the Kylie On Stage exhibition.”

Mandurah Crab Fest

The Channel Seven Mandurah Crab Fest is Western Australia’s largest free community event. Celebrating culture, lifestyle, food and of course the native Blue Swimmer Crab, the Mandurah Crab Fest is an annual must-do experience. Held over the weekend of 16 & 17 March, you will once again find the WA Museum at Crab Fest 2019! With the support of the Foundation for the WA Museum, the Museum in a Container, proudly supported by Santos will be open from 10am to 6pm!

The WA Museum is providing audiences with a wide range of offsite Museum experiences while the New Museum in the Perth Cultural Centre is under construction. During the Crab Fest weekend, the Museum in a Container will engage audiences in a variety of activities:

Find out about the Blue Swimmer Crab
Learn about the Museum’s research into WA’s amazing marine diversity
Talk to Aquatic Zoology curators who will answer all your crustacean questions and tell you about some fascinating specimens
Watch live taxidermy demonstrations and crab dissections
Create your own fish or crab and add it to our interactive aquarium

20 Years of Scientific Discovery

Since 1998, Woodside has partnered with the WA Museum to understand the biodiversity of northwest Australia in the Dampier Archipelago and the Kimberley regions. The Foundation for the WA Museum has become increasingly involved in the partnership since 2003 and has worked with the Museum and Woodside to explore project opportunities and develop and support the relationship.

The partnership has expanded to include more than 140 scientists from 25 countries, 19 Australian and international museums, 43 Australian and international universities, 17 State and Commonwealth government agencies, and 23 industry and private partners.

Researchers have surveyed 315 sites across 575,000 square kilometres of ocean off the Kimberley coastline, collected more than 55,000 marine animal and plant specimens, and discovered more than 700 species new to science.

The research has won 11 WA and national awards for excellence in science, environment, business and technology; and more than 50 million people worldwide have viewed the exhibitions, documentaries, publications, lectures, articles, live fieldwork feeds, websites and educational resources produced.

The knowledge gained is being used by managers, decision-makers and the community to contribute to biodiversity conservation and natural resource management, and will help guide the future of sustainable development, business and conservation policies and the assessment of natural heritage values.

Material collected during the project partnership is housed at the WA Museum, and available to scientists and researchers around the world. Work to examine and identify the specimens collected is continuing.

This video celebrates Woodside’s ground-breaking 20 year partnership with the WA Museum, and its 25 year partnership with the Australian Institute of Marine Science.

Watch the video


Image: Sea slug mollusc, Phyllidia coelestis (Scott Reef) is found in clear water on tropical Indo-Pacific reefs where it feeds on sponges. Clay Bryce, WA Museum.