Hon Mark McGowan BA LLB MLA

Hon Mark McGowan BA LLB MLA

Premier; Minister for Public Sector Management; State Development, Jobs and Trade; Federal-State Relations

Hon David Templeman Dip Tchg BEd MLA

Hon David Templeman Dip Tchg BEd MLA

Minister for Local Government; Heritage; Culture and the Arts

    Construction of WA’s world-class museum underway

    22/01/2018 9:00 AM
    • Major construction underway at new museum
    • More than 3,000 jobs will be created in the construction and creative industries 
    • Project demonstrates cultural infrastructure excellence and value for money 
    • World-class visitor experiences on schedule for delivery in 2020
    • The budget allocation for the project totals $428 million 

    Major construction is underway on Western Australia's new museum, delivering more than 3,000 jobs and a world-class attraction for tourists and locals.


    Premier Mark McGowan and Culture and the Arts Minister David Templeman visited the new museum site today to announce the signing of the Stage Two agreement between the State and the managing contractor, Multiplex, which will see the completion of the project.


    The McGowan Government has gone through the contract and the design with a fine-toothed comb to provide the best possible deal for taxpayers, while ensuring that the final design delivers a world-class museum for Western Australia.


    The new museum includes:

    • Seven major galleries that will share the stories of Western Australia, its people, its places and its relationship with the wider world;
    • A 1,000 sqm temporary exhibition gallery for home-grown and touring exhibitions;
    • Learning studios and programmable spaces for visitors and groups of all ages, including schools;
    • Retail, café and commercial spaces;
    • Activated public spaces both inside and outside the museum; and
    • A spectacular display of the State's famous blue whale skeleton.   

    The new museum is expected to attract about 800,000 visitors in its first year and contribute about $31 million of extra tourism spend generated from international visitors staying an extra night in WA.


    With construction moving full steam ahead, the building is expected to be complete in mid-2019. Exhibition fit-out is occurring the following year, ready for opening in 2020.


    Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan:


    "The new museum is on track to be one of the most exciting and innovative museums in the country.  It will be a superb addition to WA's tourism infrastructure.


    "My Government is committed to developing a world-class museum that is owned, used and valued by all Western Australians.


    "Importantly, I wanted to ensure that this project was delivering the best deal possible for Western Australians and I am pleased to say that the Stage Two contract delivers this.


    "The State Government has committed close to $430 million for this project, which will create more than 3,000 jobs over the life of the project.


    "Cultural industries play an important role in supporting growth and jobs, particularly through industries such as cultural tourism, hospitality and events.


    "This project is delivering on local jobs and content and local contractors are already onsite contributing to the project and stimulating the economy."


    Comments attributed to Culture and the Arts Minister David Templeman:


    "It is wonderful to see the new museum taking shape in the heart of the Perth Cultural Centre.  This project, along with the McGowan Government's $10 million investment to revitalise the Art Gallery rooftop, is creating a vibrant hub for cultural and social experiences in this State.


    "The new museum will be a place where locals and visitors can truly experience the spirit of Western Australia. 


    "It will showcase the vast and ancient landscapes of Western Australia using state-of-the-art technology and innovative display methods. Most importantly, the incredible stories of our State will be shared through the voices of our people with a strong focus on Aboriginal and multicultural stories."


    Premier's office - 6552 5000

    Culture and the Arts Minister's office - 6552 5400