- Spectacular new WA Museum will open on November 21
- Nine-day opening festival expected to attract tens of thousands of visitors
- $400 million new Museum will be a significant cultural attraction that will help boost tourism and stimulate the economy
- Free general admission for the first 18 months
The spectacular new Western Australian Museum will open in the Perth Cultural Centre on Saturday November 21, 2020 with a nine-day festival expected to attract tens of thousands of visitors.
Ticket holders selected by ballot will be able to take preview tours of the Museum and get a taste of the extraordinary stories and experiences on offer inside. There are eight new permanent galleries, a 1,000sqm temporary exhibition gallery, life-long learning studios, and retail and café spaces.
The $400 million redevelopment will be a significant cultural tourism attraction for WA.
Five of Perth's significant heritage buildings have been revitalised and integrated with an architecturally stunning new building, that is already being viewed as Perth's newest landmark destination.
Tickets to the opening festival will be made available on the Western Australian Museum's website later this year.
The new Museum has been developed with a people first approach and features the voices of Western Australians, sharing their stories their own way.
It is a museum about WA - about our people, our places and our role in the world. It will be a gateway to WA, giving visitors a taste of everything this State has to offer.
WA's unique cultural and scientific collections will come alive with innovative new exhibitions featuring authentic objects and new interactive and multi-media experiences.
From the formation of the universe to the latest inventions, from dinosaurs to new species found nowhere else on the planet, the new Western Australian Museum will remind us that WA is a place of wonder.
Local favourites like the bison, ancient meteorites and the iconic blue whale also return in spectacular new displays.
More than 50,000 people around WA have contributed their thoughts to the development of the Museum's exhibitions, programs and stories. Four community panels have also contributed their input over the past five years, focusing on access and inclusion, education, and children and young people.
One of the eight permanent galleries, Ngalang Koort Boodja Wirn, is dedicated to sharing traditional and contemporary Aboriginal culture, and history. However, the stories and perspectives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples are woven throughout the Museum, recognising the primary rights of Australia's first peoples in practicing and expressing their cultural heritage.
Designed by international architect consortium Hassell + OMA, and built by managing contractor Multiplex, the new Western Australian Museum will reopen on the same site it has occupied since it first began as a geological museum in the Old Perth Gaol, in 1891.
Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan:
"The new Western Australian Museum will be a cultural tourism sensation. It will be a vibrant centre of inspiration, learning and enjoyment for people of all ages.
"The $400 million redevelopment of the site is one of the most significant cultural infrastructure projects undertaken anywhere in the world this century.
"By the time the Museum opens, it will have created 3,000 jobs, and helped keep Western Australians employed during the global pandemic.
"Importantly, underpinning every visitor experience is the latest scientific and cultural research, connecting with State and National Curriculum priorities and promoting Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics, or STEAM, learning across all ages."
Comments attributed to Culture and the Arts and Heritage Minister David Templeman:
"This is a museum about Western Australia, and it has been developed with a 'people first approach'. More than 50,000 people around the State have shared their thoughts about the stories, objects and experiences they want to see here.
"As Minister for Heritage as well as Culture and the Arts, I am truly delighted that our spectacular new Western Australian Museum has evolved from the same buildings it has occupied for nearly 130 years.
"The stunning reimagining of these significant heritage buildings has breathed new life into the Perth Cultural Centre and will once again position the Western Australian Museum at the very heart of its community."
Premier's office - 6552 5000
Culture and the Arts and Heritage Minister's office - 6552 5400