Shenton Park: Riley House residents get hands-on with New Museum of WA


Anita Krefel (resident) and New Museum for WA project director Trish McDonald holding a dinosaur claw. Picture: Andrew Ritchie www.communitypix.com.au d480586
Anita Krefel (resident) and New Museum for WA project director Trish McDonald holding a dinosaur claw. Picture: Andrew Ritchie www.communitypix.com.au d480586

SHENTON Park locals got hands-on with history this week, examining fossils, maritime treasures, and a 150 million-year-old piece of dinosaur poo.

Residents at Riley House had a presentation from New Museum of WA as part of the Amana Living Arts Festival.

New Museum project director Trish McDonald shared updates from the museum build and a cross-section of its collection.

“It’s so fantastic to see people’s reactions, there are things they’re familiar with and others they’ve never seen before,” she said.

“It’s an opportunity to get them excited about the New Museum.”

Amana Living chief executive Stephanie Buckland said the arts festival was designed specifically for seniors, and took inspiration from the Meander Valley Festival of Creative Ageing in Tasmania and Luminate in Scotland.

“The arts have a wonderful role to play in helping older people to have fun, try different things, and meet new people,” she said.

The festival continues until March 25, with 150 events over 50 locations in WA.

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