Western Australia’s New Museum redevelopment has reached practical completion on time and within budget.
To celebrate the opening of the Museum in November 2020, the Government of Western Australia will provide free general admission for everyone for the first 18 months.
The New Museum has been constructed by managing contractor Multiplex, working with its internationally renowned design team Hassell+OMA and was recently shortlisted for the prestigious 2020 Australian Construction Achievement awards.
It is a stunning mix of contemporary and heritage architecture, and was inspired by the unique landscapes, places and people of Western Australia.
During construction, this $400 million (AUD) landmark cultural infrastructure project has contributed significantly to the local economy:
- 2,878 local jobs for Western Australians in the construction industry.
- 420 jobs in creative industries are expected to be created by the end of the project.
- 80% of materials used on the project were locally supplied, including steel fabrication and concrete.
- Approximately $131 million worth of contracts were awarded to Western Australian companies.
The New Museum building is approximately three and a half times bigger than the old Museum. It includes eight major galleries totalling more than 6,000 sqm, plus a 1,000 sqm special exhibition gallery; food and beverage options, retail and function spaces; and learning studios for people of all ages.
Developed with a ‘people first approach’ it will feature the voices of Western Australians sharing their stories, including stories of Aboriginal people told in their voices.
Woven through every gallery is an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander narrative, recognising the primary rights of Australia’s first people in practicing and expressing their cultural heritage, and informed by the wisdom and experience of the Whadjuk Nyoongar people, the traditional owners of Perth and its surrounds.
Teams from the Museum engaged with more than 45,000 people around Western Australia to seek input into the stories they wanted in their new museum.
The State’s unique collection will come alive with innovative new exhibitions across eight galleries showcasing the extraordinary stories of our people and places throughout time.
The new 1,000 sqm temporary exhibition space has an 8m high ceiling – big enough to fit a life-size T-rex or major touring exhibition. This is the first time Perth has had such a facility.
The WA Museum will be a gateway to Western Australia. From the Kimberley to the Great Southern, Perth to the Central Desert, and everywhere in between, it will give visitors a taste of everything our State has to offer.