A History Of The World In 100 Objects Exhibition Open Until 18 June 2016

A History Of The World In 100 Objects Exhibition Open Until 18 June 2016

Western Australia Minister for Culture and the Arts John Day

History Of The World Opens At The WA Museum

Victor P Taffa

  • A History of the World in 100 Objects at the WA Museum an Australian first
  • Two million years of human history from the British Museum on display
  • Artefacts include the bronze Head of Augustus

The international exhibition from the British Museum, A History of the World in 100 Objects, opens tomorrow at the Western Australian Museum in the Perth Cultural Centre until June 18, 2016.

The exhibition showcases two million years of human history, from the oldest objects in the British Museum’s collections to those from the present day.

Culture and the Arts Minister John Day said West Australians would be the first in Australia to see this extraordinary exhibition.


“We are one of only two locations to secure the rights to A History of the World and I encourage everyone to take the opportunity to visit the museum and see it for yourself.” Mr. Day said.

The WA Museum has selected the Yamaji antennas as the Western Australian object to be displayed alongside the exhibition. The antennas highlight the importance of the Murchison Widefield Array, as part of the world’s largest radio astronomy project, the Square Kilometre Array, and the unique relationship that emerged between the astrophysicists and the Yamaji people.

The Minister said A History of the World would be the last exhibition to be displayed at the WA Museum’s Perth site before it closed to accommodate works for the new museum.

“The museum is about to undergo the most significant transformation in its nearly 125 year history.” Mr. Day said.

“The new museum will be built at the existing site, incorporating the heritage buildings, and is expected to open in 2020.”

“The museum’s other sites in Fremantle (Maritime Museum and Shipwreck Galleries), Albany, Geraldton and Kalgoorlie-Boulder will still be open. A number of pop-up experiences will also take place during this time.” Mr. Day said.

A History of the World in 100 Objects tells its story exclusively through artefacts people have made including those which have been admired and preserved, or those which were used, broken and discarded. From stone to gold, clay to plastic, the objects range in size from a 1.6 metre tall Assyrian relief, to gold coins of Croesus.

Fact File

  • This is the third major international exhibition presented as part of the WA Museum’s relationship with the British Museum
  • The exhibition will also be shown at the National Museum of Australia in Canberra
  • The Government has committed $428.3 Million to the new museum project