The A$400 million WA Museum Boola Bardip has officially opened in Perth, with new exhibitions and experiences to share the stories of Western Australia.
WA Museum Boola Bardip was designed and built by managing contractor Multiplex alongside architecture firms Hassell and OMA.
Multiplex, Hassell and OMA renovated and revitalised five heritage buildings to form the new building for WA Museum Boola Bardip.
“The new WA Museum Boola Bardip is simply spectacular. I have no doubt Western Australians will be blown away by its stunning architecture and fascinating exhibits,” said Mark McGowan, Premier of Western Australia.
“It is a world-class museum by any standard, and one that we can all be proud of,” he added.
Boola Bardip features eight new permanent exhibition galleries, a special exhibition gallery, learning studios, retail, public spaces and F&B.
Museum was designed by Hassell and OMA
The museum celebrates the history and contemporary culture of Western Australia, and is a new landmark for Perth Cultural Centre, a group of cultural institutions in Perth.
Boola Bardip means ‘many stories’ in the Whadjuk Noongar language. The museum was developed with more than 54,000 people across Western Australia.
It was also created in collaboration the WA Museum Aboriginal Advisory Committee and the Whadjuk Content Working Group.
McGowan said the museum, which created more than 3,300 jobs during the project period, will have “significant social and economic benefits for all Western Australians”.
“This has been a major infrastructure project for the WA Government at a critical time in our economic history, creating 3,300 jobs and helping keep Western Australians employed during both a global economic downturn and a pandemic.”
“WA Museum Boola Bardip is simply spectacular”
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WA Museum Boola Bardip houses a gallery dedicated to Aboriginal cultural materials called Ngalang Koort Booja Wirn. It also features the stories and perspectives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples throughout.
“The name ‘Boola Bardip’ acknowledges that the Museum sits on Whadjuk Noongar land,” said Culture and the Arts Minister David Templeman.
“It honours the cultural heritage of Australia’s First Peoples, and it reflects the shared cultural heritage of the 2.65 million people who call WA home.”
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