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.

Latest News

The Inaugural Mindaroo Grant

The introduction of the Foundation for the WA Museum’s inaugural Minderoo Grant, funded from the Discovery Endowment Fund, has generated an excellent response from the WA Museum’s scientists and curators in its inaugural year. Eleven high calibre submissions were received from a wide cross section of Museum research departments with four recipients receiving Grants for key Museum projects which would not otherwise be funded.

The projects selected offer far reaching benefits and represent some of the WA Museum’s diverse disciplines in science, social and cultural knowledge. The successful Minderoo Grants project include:

Mid-Cretaceous vertebrate from the Pillawarra Plateau

Palaeontology fieldwork expedition to find fossil evidence of toothed birds, marine reptiles, shark and rays from the Cretaceous period.

Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) of WAM’s historical, iconic and holotype specimens

Using cutting edge molecular DNA technologies to discover new knowledge on important and iconic biological specimens.


Acquisition of 3D scanner to improve WAM’s Collections conservation abilities and enable 3D digital and tactile access to the public. The 3D capability will provide benefit across a number of Museum teams including Materials Conservation, New Museum, Learning and Creativity, Maritime Archaeology, Anthropology and Archaeology.

Preserving the past – securing the future of the WAM tissue collection

Supporting the Museum to conserve against molecular degradation (RNA and DNA) to one of its most invaluable biological assets – the historical terrestrial vertebrates ultra frozen tissue samples. Many samples within this collection are irreplaceable due to being endangered or extinct and comprise a fraction of the 70,000 tissue samples held by the Museum. Tissue samples are ultra frozen at -80C to preserve them for future decades of genetic research on WA’s diverse terrestrial animals.

The four Minderoo Grant recipients were announced at an event hosted by the Foundation for the WA Museum where the WA Museum awarded its highest honour to philanthropists Andrew and Nicola Forrest for their committed leadership and financial support over many years. The Forrest’s became Fellows of the WA Museum, an accolade awarded to only 17 others over the 127-year history of the Museum, with Nicola Forrest being its first female Fellow.

Our thanks to the Stan Perron Charitable Trust

We were delighted to receive a wonderful surprise – a donation letter from The Stan Perron Charitable Trust advising that the Foundation would be receiving $1 million for our Discovery Endowment Fund.

As the CEO Jenny Allen said “It is not every day that something as wonderful and a surprise such as this arrives unexpectedly and causes much excitement.   To say that the Foundation is delighted is an understatement as we continue on our journey of growing the endowment fund to enable the WA Museum to attract international exhibitions, purchase cultural objects and be supported to carry out research projects”.

Growing the Discovery Endowment Fund is one of the major objectives of the Foundation as this will assist in delivering additional support to the WA Museum which is beyond the State Government’s funding.

Without families like the Perrons, this could not be achieved and we thank them for their amazing support.

Latest Partnership – Barbagallo Motors

Set amongst New Zealand’s outstanding natural beauty, in award winning accommodation, one lucky auction bidder at the Foundation’s Antarctica: Night at the Museum fundraising Gala will win the chance to drive an Aston Martin on Ice! Providing this incredibly exhilarating experience is just one example of Barbagallo Motor’s commitment to supporting the Foundation for the WA Museum in a creative and multi-layered partnership.

The partnership will integrate the highly respected brands of Lamborghini, Maserati, Rolls Royce, Jaguar and Land Rover across Foundation events and activities. The Barbagallo team are committed to culture and the arts in Western Australia, understanding the important role Museum’s play in creating a vibrant and liveable capital city, full of creativity, discovery and opportunity.