Mon, 06/20/2016 - 10:13 post
Farewell for now, we’ve had a whale of a time…
Saturday, 18 June 2016
• WA Museum - Perth closes temporarily while new museum is built
• $428.3m new museum project is one of the most significant in the world today
The Western Australian Museum - Perth will close its doors today ahead of one of the most significant museum redevelopments taking place anywhere in the world.
Culture and the Arts Minister John Day encouraged all West Australians to get behind the project in the heart of the Perth Cultural Centre and help shape the stories that will represent WA for generations to come.
"Today is bittersweet as we say farewell to the existing museum that many of us have grown up with, and prepare for the amazing new facility that is fit for 2020 and beyond," Mr Day said.
"The Liberal National Government is investing $428.3 million to ensure our State has a museum that meets the expectations of West Australians and visitors to our State, and delivers exciting experiences which will inspire people of all ages to explore and share the world in which we live."
Thousands of people are expected to visit the museum's Perth site today to take part in farewell celebrations including entertainment, dinosaur encounters, craft activities and an Aboriginal art program. Museum staff will also be conducting tours of the heritage buildings, including the old Perth gaol - one of WA's oldest buildings and the place the WA Museum began 125 years ago with a collection of minerals and rocks.
The plans for the new museum will see it become up to four times bigger than the current museum and will include a new building that will integrate with the four heritage-listed buildings already on site. The State Government is currently in negotiations with Brookfield Multiplex regarding the Managing Contract agreement, which is expected to be awarded in mid-2016.
"All of the displays, experiences and spaces will reflect the environment, culture and history of WA and its relationship to the world," the Minister said.
"Due to overwhelming public demand, the one object that definitely has a free pass into the new museum is the iconic blue whale skeleton."
• For more information, visit http://museum.wa.gov.au
• The WA Museum manages the WA Maritime Museum and Shipwreck Galleries in Fremantle, and museums in Geraldton, Kalgoorlie-Boulder and Albany - all of which are still open for business seven days a week. Most of the 8.5 million objects in the museum collections are located at the Collections and Research Centre in Welshpool, where the museum's groundbreaking science and research will continue
• Collections are also being displayed in other locations such as the Perth Concert Hall, and at the State Library of WA where the museum is creating a discovery zone that will see elements of its popular family based Discovery Centre remain in the heart of the Perth Cultural Centre
• The new museum project is on time and budget with doors scheduled to open in 2020