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?


Don't miss a special private screening of the film 'The Serpent’s Tale'. Online Sunday 16 May at 5pm AWST.

#serpentstale #Martuwarra #firstlaw

“Come and find refuge in each other” - Refuge 2021 is in its last week and takes place at North Melbourne Town Hall as well as offsite locations, with a digital programme available online.
...Please explore the incredible work and curation of @latai101 and @sayrahmay Very thankful that the programme is so rich for those of us in different parts of the world.

MASS MOVEMENT has been years in the making. It is an experience of multiple parts engaging in the socio-relational space of departure, arrival, and reception in the urgent face of forced relocation. You can walk alongside Latai and listen remotely to the extraordinary Vakas she has made for the MASS MOVEMENT AUDIO PILGRIMAGE. For those of you in Melbourne, please join Latai Taumoepeau for the closing work of MASS MOVEMENT FOLAU: The Arrival this Sunday.

You can listen to the staggering work of @cass__lynch and #Watershed, inviting you to step out of time shallows into the deep-water memory of Boonwurrung Country.

@fakinandkeggs has made a beautiful installation and invites you to take a seat at the table for tomorrow: Not a Drop to Drink is a large-scale installation and series of meals that invite community to prepare for climate crisis. A large glass table has been pressed with drought-tolerant plants.

These works unlock. They resonate in our bodies and support us to find our rituals wherever we are, they prepare us for change: “In receiving this journey, be attuned to how your body listens.’

#refuge2021 #artshouse #northmelbournetownhall
#climatecrisis #emergencyexperts #shareknowledge
#lataitaumoepeau #sarahrowbottam #casslynch #kegdesouza
#watershed #deepwatermemory #boonwurrungcountry
#massmovement #vaka #refuge
#sociorelationalspace #forcedrelocation #notadroptodrink

“Come and find refuge in each other” - Refuge 2021 is in its last week and takes place at North Melbourne Town Hall as well as offsite locations, with a digital programme available online.
...Please explore the incredible work and curation of @latai101 and @sayrahmay Very thankful that the programme is so rich for those of us in different parts of the world.

MASS MOVEMENT has been years in the making. It is an experience of multiple parts engaging in the socio-relational space of departure, arrival, and reception in the urgent face of forced relocation. You can walk alongside Latai and listen remotely to the extraordinary Vakas she has made for the MASS MOVEMENT AUDIO PILGRIMAGE. For those of you in Melbourne, please join Latai Taumoepeau for the closing work of MASS MOVEMENT FOLAU: The Arrival this Sunday.

You can listen to the staggering work of @cass__lynch and #Watershed, inviting you to step out of time shallows into the deep-water memory of Boonwurrung Country.

@fakinandkeggs has made a beautiful installation and invites you to take a seat at the table for tomorrow: Not a Drop to Drink is a large-scale installation and series of meals that invite community to prepare for climate crisis. A large glass table has been pressed with drought-tolerant plants.

These works unlock. They resonate in our bodies and support us to find our rituals wherever we are, they prepare us for change: “In receiving this journey, be attuned to how your body listens.’

#refuge2021 #artshouse #northmelbournetownhall
#climatecrisis #emergencyexperts #shareknowledge
#lataitaumoepeau #sarahrowbottam #casslynch #kegdesouza
#watershed #deepwatermemory #boonwurrungcountry
#massmovement #vaka #refuge
#sociorelationalspace #forcedrelocation #notadroptodrink

bottle #829 - Ashley
This is a memory of water. This inarnte seed holds the memory of the desert rainfall event in which it was created. #ashley #inarnteseed #rainfall

829. Ashley
This is a memory of water. This inarnte seed holds the memory of the desert rainfall event in which it was created.
Collected 23/02/2017

“I didn’t bring water, I ...brought the memory of water. So in this container there is a 25-year-old seed - because I know where I picked it up - it's an inarnte tree, which is a bean tree from Central Australia. I collected seed when I lived there as a young person in 1992, and I have brought it because, in the desert, water is an ephemeral thing. It’s under the ground a lot of the time but from a perspective of life, it’s ephemeral. So life is in full flower when water is around and then when the water disappears life has to go into torpor and wait. This seed represents a past rainfall event where its parent was full of life. It carries the memory of that rainfall event, but it also carries the spirit of the next rainfall event that it’s waiting for."

#ashley #memoryofwater #inarnteseeds
#waiting #past #present #future
#spiritofthenextrainfallevent #ephemeralthing #undertheground
#museumofwater #perthfest #westernaustralia #fremantleartscentre
#water #molecules #whatwillyoukeep
#alwayswas #alwayswillbe #kep

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

829. Ashley
This is a memory of water. This inarnte seed holds the memory of the desert rainfall event in which it was created.
Collected 23/02/2017

#ashley #memoryofwater ...#inarnteseeds
#waiting #past #present #future
#spiritofthenextrainfallevent #ephemeralthing #undertheground
#museumofwater #perthfest #westernaustralia #fremantleartscentre
#water #molecules #whatwillyoukeep
#alwayswas #alwayswillbe #kep

829. Ashley
This is a memory of water.
This inarnte seed holds the memory of the desert rainfall event in which it was created.
Collected 23/02/2017

“I didn’t bring water, ...I brought the memory of water. So in this container there is a 25-year-old seed - because I know where I picked it up - it's an inarnte tree, which is a bean tree from Central Australia. I collected seed when I lived there as a young person in 1992, and I have brought it because, in the desert, water is an ephemeral thing. It’s under the ground a lot of the time but from a perspective of life, it’s ephemeral. So life is in full flower when water is around and then when the water disappears life has to go into torpor and wait. This seed represents a past rainfall event where its parent was full of life. It carries the memory of that rainfall event, but it also carries the spirit of the next rainfall event that it’s waiting for."

#ashley #memoryofwater #inarnteseeds
#waiting #past #present #future
#spiritofthenextrainfallevent #ephemeralthing #undertheground
#museumofwater #perthfest #westernaustralia #fremantleartscentre #artsadmin
#water #molecules #whatwillyoukeep
#alwayswas #alwayswillbe #kep

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

bottle #826 - Taylor
“These are tears cried by my mother and I as we decided to finally begin a proper mother-daughter relationship after 16 years. They are valuable as neither of us are used ...to conveying much emotion. Te amo mama” #taylor #tears

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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