Museum of Water is a collection of publicly donated water that tells stories of the people and places it comes from. It is an invitation to ponder our precious liquid and how we use it.

Water is our most basic need but also our most overlooked, throwaway substance. We claim kinship with every water metaphor, yet in our actions we defend against it, squeezing and pumping, chlorinating and piping, soothed by our certainty that it will pour from our taps at a twist of our fingers.

It is time to re-examine our connection with the water that surrounds us, to develop a new relationship: to consider what is precious about it and how we are using it now in order to explore how we might care for it in the future. We are all implicated in this.

Museum of Water has travelled to over 50 different sites worldwide, been visited by over 60,000 people, and currently holds over 1,000 bottles in the collection. In celebration of our access to fresh water, always running alongside the Museum is our Water Bar, a free pop-up outdoor bar serving fresh water from the nearest source.

Begun in 2013, in a time of relative plenty in Britain, Museum of Water travels across the world gathering collections of water for future generations to consider. The collection holds ghost water and bad dream water, water from the last ice age, a melted snowman as well as Norwegian spit, three types of urine and two different breaths. It holds water from Lourdes, Mecca and the Ganges, Mediterranean sea beside a refugee camp on Lesvos and water from an aboriginal grandmother remembering the stolen generation and the disappearing wetlands of Western Australia.

Explore our Collection online, listen to donors’ speaking about their water, keep an eye out for future events and bring your own water.

Choose what water is precious to you.
Help us build a collection of water for future generations to enjoy.
What water will you keep?


#799. Tony Hughes-d'Aeth
Water from ‘Magic Lake’ near Wave Rock in WA, with salt encrusted drift wood from the lake bottom.
Collected 19/02/2017

“Perth is surrounded by a... vast ocean of cleared land” -
We brought our Museum of Water trailer to @universitywa @perthfest over a summer weekend in 2017 and over 1000 people came to look and listen, to speak and to bring their own water.
Tony d'Aeth brought this water from Wave Rock with its glittering salt encrusted driftwood and spoke about the salination and deforestation of the scorched wheatbelt around Perth.
The salination of the land through intensive colonial farming practices was an enduring environmental narrative in the Western Australia we were told about, how attempts to regenerate the pastoral land needed to combine the re-understanding of histories and ecological relationships with aboriginal sustainable farming practices for deeper environmental recovery.

Photos by brilliant @jesswyldphotography, @hughesdaethtony and Jacqueline Jane

#tonyhughesdaeth #799 #waverock #magiclake
#Wheatbelt #saltlake #salt #wanneroo
#clearedland #vastoceanofclearedland
#heldinthesoil #environmentalstory
#museumofwater #perthfest #westernaustralia #fremantleartscentre
#water #donations #stories #whatwillyoukeep #molecules
#alwayswas #alwayswillbe #nyoongar
#nyoongarBoodja #Beeliar #wadjamup #walyallup #kep

Please visit the Museum of Water soundcloud to hear the full recordings and FB for transcripts.

#836. Rosewater is like holy water for me. Rosewater from Iran Persia.
Mahin
Collected 23/02/2017
Rosewater is like holy water for me. Rosewater from Iran Persia.

“And there is... a lot of medical benefit of the rose water. One of the city they call Kashan and Meymand. They’ve got a big factory and they process their rosewater and then they export it to all over the world and some for using in my country as well. And rose water is full of the vitamin - Vitamin C, E, A, B and actually it is anti-aging, it is very good for face. And they are using for reducing blood sugar, they add in the cough syrop, and they add in the perfume as well. And is antibacterial, analgesic and anti-inflammatory as well”.

#mahin #836 #rosewater #damaskrose #holywater
#beautifulgarden #homeland #childhood #food
#family #travel #home
#distillingmemories #FestivalScent #medicine
#museumofwater #museumofwaterwa #Iran #Persia
#perthfest #perthaustralia #westernaustralia #fremantleartscentre
#water #donations #stories #whatwillyoukeep #molecules
#alwayswas #alwayswillbe

#836. Rosewater is like holy water for me. Rosewater from Iran Persia.
Mahin
Collected 23/02/2017
Rosewater is like holy water for me. Rosewater from Iran Persia.

“The reason I... chose the rosewater is a smell of perfume that reminds me of a beautiful garden full of the flower and I feel happy, relaxed and at peace. And also remind me of my homeland and my childhood when I had family, mum and dad and my sister and my brother at home. And my mom using the rosewater for cooking and some syrup and some desert. So rosewater mean to me is just reminding me my childhood. Actually, rosewater in my country they using in the food, they using for their religion.”

#mahin #836 #rosewater #damaskrose #holywater
#beautifulgarden #homeland #childhood #food
#family #travel #home
#distillingmemories #FestivalScent #medicine
#museumofwater #museumofwaterwa #Iran #Persia
#perthfest #perthaustralia #westernaustralia #fremantleartscentre
#water #donations #stories #whatwillyoukeep #molecules
#alwayswas #alwayswillbe

#836. Rosewater is like holy water for me. Rosewater from Iran Persia.
Mahin
Collected 23/02/2017
Rosewater is like holy water for me. Rosewater from Iran Persia.

There were ...ripples of recognition around the table when Mahin Nowbakht brought out her bottle of Rosewater, as the group of women were transported back to their childhood kitchens. Mahin also gave a folder of the unique medicinal and nutritional benefits of Rosewater, how it worked as an antiseptic, cured stomach aches and depression, smelt and tasted delicious, with recipes for drinks, cakes, biscuits. She understood Rosewater was a cultural offer from Iran, a national drink.

Thanks to @SarahMay and @WendyMartin the inspiring Artistic Director of the @PerthFest who had an extraordinary sensual understanding of festival - she introduced a Festival Scent every year - and after hearing Mahin’s words she met with her and asked to make Rosewater the Festival Scent for 2018, which meant that restaurants, cafe’s and ice cream parlours around the city made food with Rosewater that year, broadcasting Mahin’s cultural gift across the city.
Her is Mahin and @AmySharrocks on the radio @ABC together & in 2018 Mahin Nowbakht and Farangeez Ahmadi hosted their beautiful workshop Distilling Memory @fremantleartscentre teaching visitors their recipe for distilling damask rose petals, handed down through generations.

#mahin #836 #rosewater #damaskrose #holywater
#beautifulgarden #homeland #childhood #food
#family #travel #home
#distillingmemories #FestivalScent #medicine
#museumofwater #museumofwaterwa #Iran #Persia
#perthfest #perthaustralia #westernaustralia #fremantleartscentre
#water #donations #stories #whatwillyoukeep #molecules
#alwayswas #alwayswillbe
#nyoongar #nyoongarBoodja #Beeliar #wadjamup #walyallup #kep

Please visit the Museum of Water soundcloud to hear the full recordings

#836. Rosewater is like holy water for me. Rosewater from Iran Persia.
Mahin
Collected 23/02/2017
Rosewater is like holy water for me. Rosewater from Iran Persia.

“The reason ...I chose the rosewater is a smell of perfume that reminds me of a beautiful garden full of the flower and I feel happy, relaxed and at peace. And also remind me of my homeland and my childhood when I had family, mum and dad and my sister and my brother at home. And my mom using the rosewater for cooking and some syrup and some desert. So rosewater mean to me is just reminding me my childhood. Actually, rosewater in my country they using in the food, they using for their religion.”

“And there is a lot of medical benefit of the rose water. One of the city they call Kashan and Meymand. They’ve got a big factory and they process their rosewater and then they export it to all over the world and some for using in my country as well. And rose water is full of the vitamin - Vitamin C, E, A, B and actually it is anti-aging, it is very good for face. And they are using for reducing blood sugar, they add in the cough syrop, and they add in the perfume as well. And is antibacterial, analgesic and anti-inflammatory as well”.x

There were ripples of recognition around the table when Mahin Nowbakht brought out her bottle of Rosewater, as the group of women were transported back to their childhood kitchens. Mahin also gave a folder of the unique medicinal and nutritional benefits of Rosewater, how it worked as an antiseptic, cured stomach aches and depression, smelt and tasted delicious, with recipes for drinks, cakes, biscuits. She understood Rosewater was a cultural offer from Iran, a national drink.

Happy Birthday Water🎉⭐️❤️💙💕🌟✨so lovely to see you, hope you are well. Have a wonderful day wherever you are.
LOVE YOU xxx
#WorldWaterDay2021

#777. Mist dust watching/shower singing
Mei Swan Lim
Collected 18/11/2016

The mist dust watching and shower singing of the incredible @MeiSwanLim led us into two years of water ...watching in WA with @PerthFest following where the spray led and how the sun catches it. In 2018 it was Mei’s singing which opened #MuseumofWater @FremantleArtsCentre.

Mei’s bottle opened us up to tender conversations on the squeezing of time and creativity in times of environmental precarity. Her bottle took on other relevances as @WaterCorp urged Western Australians to take 4-minute showers to conserve water across the state, and these issues gained further prominence later as residents of Cape Town faced #DayZero and were asked to take 3-minute showers. In 2018 Jen Jamieson responded with her spectacular live artwork on the lawns of #FremantleArtsCentre, guiding people through the steps of How to Have a 3-minute Shower.

#meiswanlim #showersinging #mistdustwatching
#spray #singing #likeatherapy #therapy
#medicine #777 #pharmacy #arnica
#watchingthewater #museumofwater #museumofwaterwa
#perthfest #perthaustralia #westernaustralia
#fremantleartscentre #water #donations #stories
#whatwillyoukeep #molecules #alwayswas #alwayswillbe
#nyoongar

#777. Mist dust watching/shower singing
Mei Swan Lim
Collected 18/11/2016

“It’s water from this morning’s shower. This is an arnica bottle because my mom loves her homeopathy ...and she has so many of these little bottles with all these little medicines in them. I put a little pail inside the shower so I just collected, like, the spray. And I think the spray... you know when you are in the shower it sprays you and the sun catches on it? I get really obsessed with watching it. And I get obsessed with watching it collect on the screen and then just running down... I love that. Maybe the shower is a bit boring or whatever but that’s where I sing. You know, it is a medicine, don’t you reckon? - Having a shower and singing as well - I always use singing like a therapy, and some places are more conducive to that relaxation than others and a shower is definitely one of them.” 1/

“We’re the one who - We’re the one who - We’re the one who you used to run to, into arms that held history and eternity within their being.” 2/

The mist dust watching and shower singing of the incredible @MeiSwanLim led us into two years of water watching in WA with @PerthFest following where the spray led and how the sun catches it. In 2018 it was Mei’s singing which opened #MuseumofWater @FremantleArtsCentre.

Mei’s bottle opened us up to tender conversations on the squeezing of time and creativity in times of environmental precarity. Her bottle took on other relevances as @WaterCorp urged Western Australians to take 4-minute showers to conserve water across the state, and these issues gained further prominence later as residents of Cape Town faced #DayZero and were asked to take 3-minute showers. In 2018 Jen Jamieson responded with her spectacular live artwork on the lawns of #FremantleArtsCentre, guiding people through the steps of How to Have a 3-minute Shower.

#meiswanlim #showersinging #mistdustwatching
#spray #singing #likeatherapy #therapy
#medicine #777 #pharmacy #arnica
#watchingthewater #museumofwater #museumofwaterwa
#perthfest #perthaustralia #westernaustralia
#fremantleartscentre #water #donations #stories
#whatwillyoukeep #molecules #alwayswas #alwayswillbe
#nyoongar

We have had the opportunity to work with incredible photographers across the world, some over years. We are thankful for the brilliance of Ruth Corney, Ben Blossom, Lucy Carruthers, Pete Tweedie (UK), Salih Kilic (NL), Jess Wyld, Jacqueline Jane (WA), whose work features across this site. How to have a 3 minute shower by the brilliant Jen Jamieson and The Oceanic Sessions were part of Museum of Water WA.

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