400-424 Flinders Street
Melbourne VIC 3000
Lustre: Pearling and Australia
Until 22nd January 2017
From a fossil pearl shell 125,000 years old to modern lustrous pearl jewellery, Lustre: Pearling and Australia weaves together the diverse strands of Australia’s pearling heritage.
Lustre traces pearling across the north of Australia, from Shark Bay to the Torres Strait Islands. It reveals the natural world, the traditions of Aboriginal Australians who have harvested pearl shell for over 20,000 years, and the complex and enduring relationships of the people who made and defined the pearling industry.
Lustre was curated in a partnership between the Western Australian Museum and Nyamba Buru Yawuru. The exhibition is sponsored by Visions of Australia.
The museum is housed in the grand Customs House building, which originally looked out onto ships tied up at the adjacent Queen's Wharf. The impressive former Long Room is now the museum's central space, featuring giant Ionic colonnades.
Opening hours: Open daily - 10am – 5pm
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