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Wed, 05/11/2016 - 16:03 post

A Moment in Time

Have you got your tickets for A Moment in Time yet? Don't delay, they are selling fast.

RTRFM and Western Australian Museum are proud to present A MOMENT IN TIME, a musical love letter to the Western Australian Museum on Friday, June 3.

To celebrate the Western Australian Museum and honour its place at the heart of our community ahead of its four-year closure for major redevelopment, Western Australian Museum, RTRFM and the Perth Symphony Orchestra are teaming up for a once-in-a-lifetime performance of some of our State’s most iconic songs.

Did you know the Museum has been on this site since its formation in 1891?    Come along and share your stories and memories of the WA Museum - Perth.  

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Thu, 03/24/2016 - 09:35 news

Calling all exceptional museum designers

EOI Exhibition Design Services
·        Expression of Interest open for new museum exhibition design services
·         Exhibition design teams to deliver world class visitor experiences         
·         New museum will showcase Western Australia to the world  

Exhibition design teams are invited to submit expressions of interest to create exciting and innovative exhibitions for Western Australia’s new museum, opening in 2020.

WA Museum Chief Executive Officer Alec Coles said excellent exhibition design was vital to the success of the new museum project.

“Our new museum must provide world class visitor experiences that will feature exceptional objects and stories, augmented with, film, multimedia, and emerging technologies, as well as live interpretation and performance. We’re looking for innovative, creative teams that can deliver truly exceptional experiences for every visitor who walks through our doors – as well as for our virtual visitors, too” Mr Coles said.

The Expression of Interest invitation is available on Tenders WA until 6 April 2016.

Successful exhibition design teams will work collaboratively with Western Australian Museum staff and the successful managing contractor team to deliver a new museum that will be based on the key aspirations of People First, Design Excellence and creating an Activated Museum, as well as reflecting the spirit of Western Australia.  

The exhibition content must explore Western Australian identity and diversity including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures. Ultimately, it aims to inspire everyone to share their identity, culture, environment and sense of place, and contribute to the diversity and creativity of our world.

“This is a very exciting time for Western Australia,” Mr Coles said.

“We have an unprecedented opportunity to share our history, our heritage and our future in new ways, providing a vibrant museum experience that is valued and used by all West Australians and admired by the rest of the world.”

Design and production of the content and displays for the new museum is expected to take about three years, with installation in time for doors open in 2020.

The successful exhibition design teams are expected to be announced in late 2016.

Fact File

·         The new museum is scheduled to open in the Perth Cultural Centre in 2020
·         The Government has committed $428.3 million to the new museum project
·         For more information visit http://www.museum.wa.gov.au/new-museum

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Tue, 02/09/2016 - 14:20 post

The WA Museum - Perth is changing

CLICK on this video to hear from our CEO Alec Coles about the exciting changes to the WA Museum - Perth as we prepare for the New Museum for WA.

Transcript

We’re developing a New Museum for Western Australia here in the Perth Cultural Centre because we want to create a Museum that’s owned, used and valued by all Western Australians and admired by the world.

We believe that WA deserves that, and we’ve got so many extraordinary stories to tell in this State, we want the world to hear them.

We believe this is one of the most significant museum redevelopments in the world today. It’s got a value of over 400 million Australian dollars. So it’s a huge project, and in order to make it happen we’re going to have to close this site and pass it over to a contractor.

That means the Museum will be closed for something like four years. Over that period we have to get all the collections off site so they’ll be safe and won’t be affected by the significant development that will be happening here. It also means it would be quite unsafe for people to visit, so that’s why we have to close it.

But the good news is the WA Museum is not one museum, it is many sites. We’ve got another five sites that will be enhancing their programs – two in Fremantle, one in Kalgoorlie, one in Geraldton and one in Albany. Over that period you’ll be able to visit all those museums and they’ll be doing great things, but at the same time you’ll see the WA Museum popping up in all kinds of unexpected places.

So don’t think for a minute that we’ve gone away, as we plan for a very big future.

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Wed, 02/03/2016 - 19:15 post

Carnotaurus on the move

CLICK these videos to see how we move a dinosaur! 

Today our Carnotaurus dinosaur ‘Betty’ was moved from the Perth site and taken to the Collections and Research Centre for safe storage as we prepare for the New Museum for WA.

Betty is the biggest object we are moving as part of the temporary closure.  We are in the process of progressively moving objects from our Perth site to our Welshpool Collections and Research Centre as we prepare for the New Museum, which will open in 2020.  

We need to move the collections and temporarily close the Perth site because the New Museum is a major construction project and we want to ensure our collections, staff and visitors are safe while building takes place.   

The Museum’s Perth site is still open until June 2016  and A History of the World In 100 Objects is opening on 13 February and should not be missed! We also have lots of fabulous activities and exhibitions at our other sites including the Da Vinci Machines exhibition which is on display at the WA Maritime Museum now.   

While we develop the New Museum you can still visit our other five sites; WA Maritime Museum, WA Museum - Shipwreck Galleries in Fremantle and our regional sites in Albany, Geraldton and Kalgoorlie-Boulder.  Plus keep an eye out for the Museum in surprising places as we pop up throughout the State! 

#newmuseumforwa #revealingthemuseum #bigpicperth 

Note: there is no audio with these videos

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Tue, 12/29/2015 - 14:30 post

#revealingthemuseum – unlucky prospector

These items belonged to Ernest Maurice. After the death of his parents and brother, he turned his sights to gold and travelled from England to Western Australia to try his luck at prospecting.

Sadly, the 19-year-old contracted typhoid and never made it to the goldfields in the north of WA. He died on 26 July 1891 in the Perth Colonial Hospital. His death eerily echoed that of his brother who died in 1888 in New Zealand, also aged 19, possibly while also in the pursuit of gold.

After his death, Ernest’s only living relative at the time, his older sister, received his effects (£444 2s. 11d.) However, the items he had in his possession at the time of his death never made it back to her, having been lodged with the Supreme Court and presumably forgotten. They were found by chance by Perth historian Dr Tom Stannage and donated to the Western Australian Museum.

Click here to watch a short video of Western Australian Museum History Curator Joanne Hyland describe Ernest Maurice’s story.

Some of Ernest’s personal possessions have been on display in Hackett Hall at the WA Museum – Perth. As part of the preparations for building work for the New Museum for WA, the valuable and historically significant objects from Hackett Hall are being moved to safe storage. The heritage building will be incorporated into the New Museum’s design, which is due to open in 2020. http://museum.wa.gov.au/community/content/new-museum-project

You’re invited to share your #faveobjects and memories at: http://museum.wa.gov.au/community/groups/new-museum

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Renae Woodhams
Wed, 05/11/2016 - 16:03 post

A Moment in Time

Have you got your tickets for A Moment in Time yet? Don't delay, they are selling fast.

RTRFM and Western Australian Museum are proud to present A MOMENT IN TIME, a musical love letter to the Western Australian Museum on Friday, June 3.

To celebrate the Western Australian Museum and honour its place at the heart of our community ahead of its four-year closure for major redevelopment, Western Australian Museum, RTRFM and the Perth Symphony Orchestra are teaming up for a once-in-a-lifetime performance of some of our State’s most iconic songs.

Did you know the Museum has been on this site since its formation in 1891?    Come along and share your stories and memories of the WA Museum - Perth.  

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New Museum
Tue, 02/09/2016 - 14:20 post

The WA Museum - Perth is changing

CLICK on this video to hear from our CEO Alec Coles about the exciting changes to the WA Museum - Perth as we prepare for the New Museum for WA.

Transcript

We’re developing a New Museum for Western Australia here in the Perth Cultural Centre because we want to create a Museum that’s owned, used and valued by all Western Australians and admired by the world.

We believe that WA deserves that, and we’ve got so many extraordinary stories to tell in this State, we want the world to hear them.

We believe this is one of the most significant museum redevelopments in the world today. It’s got a value of over 400 million Australian dollars. So it’s a huge project, and in order to make it happen we’re going to have to close this site and pass it over to a contractor.

That means the Museum will be closed for something like four years. Over that period we have to get all the collections off site so they’ll be safe and won’t be affected by the significant development that will be happening here. It also means it would be quite unsafe for people to visit, so that’s why we have to close it.

But the good news is the WA Museum is not one museum, it is many sites. We’ve got another five sites that will be enhancing their programs – two in Fremantle, one in Kalgoorlie, one in Geraldton and one in Albany. Over that period you’ll be able to visit all those museums and they’ll be doing great things, but at the same time you’ll see the WA Museum popping up in all kinds of unexpected places.

So don’t think for a minute that we’ve gone away, as we plan for a very big future.

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Renae Woodhams
Wed, 02/03/2016 - 19:15 post

Carnotaurus on the move

CLICK these videos to see how we move a dinosaur! 

Today our Carnotaurus dinosaur ‘Betty’ was moved from the Perth site and taken to the Collections and Research Centre for safe storage as we prepare for the New Museum for WA.

Betty is the biggest object we are moving as part of the temporary closure.  We are in the process of progressively moving objects from our Perth site to our Welshpool Collections and Research Centre as we prepare for the New Museum, which will open in 2020.  

We need to move the collections and temporarily close the Perth site because the New Museum is a major construction project and we want to ensure our collections, staff and visitors are safe while building takes place.   

The Museum’s Perth site is still open until June 2016  and A History of the World In 100 Objects is opening on 13 February and should not be missed! We also have lots of fabulous activities and exhibitions at our other sites including the Da Vinci Machines exhibition which is on display at the WA Maritime Museum now.   

While we develop the New Museum you can still visit our other five sites; WA Maritime Museum, WA Museum - Shipwreck Galleries in Fremantle and our regional sites in Albany, Geraldton and Kalgoorlie-Boulder.  Plus keep an eye out for the Museum in surprising places as we pop up throughout the State! 

#newmuseumforwa #revealingthemuseum #bigpicperth 

Note: there is no audio with these videos

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Thu, 03/24/2016 - 09:35 news

Calling all exceptional museum designers

EOI Exhibition Design Services
·        Expression of Interest open for new museum exhibition design services
·         Exhibition design teams to deliver world class visitor experiences         
·         New museum will showcase Western Australia to the world  

Exhibition design teams are invited to submit expressions of interest to create exciting and innovative exhibitions for Western Australia’s new museum, opening in 2020.

WA Museum Chief Executive Officer Alec Coles said excellent exhibition design was vital to the success of the new museum project.

“Our new museum must provide world class visitor experiences that will feature exceptional objects and stories, augmented with, film, multimedia, and emerging technologies, as well as live interpretation and performance. We’re looking for innovative, creative teams that can deliver truly exceptional experiences for every visitor who walks through our doors – as well as for our virtual visitors, too” Mr Coles said.

The Expression of Interest invitation is available on Tenders WA until 6 April 2016.

Successful exhibition design teams will work collaboratively with Western Australian Museum staff and the successful managing contractor team to deliver a new museum that will be based on the key aspirations of People First, Design Excellence and creating an Activated Museum, as well as reflecting the spirit of Western Australia.  

The exhibition content must explore Western Australian identity and diversity including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures. Ultimately, it aims to inspire everyone to share their identity, culture, environment and sense of place, and contribute to the diversity and creativity of our world.

“This is a very exciting time for Western Australia,” Mr Coles said.

“We have an unprecedented opportunity to share our history, our heritage and our future in new ways, providing a vibrant museum experience that is valued and used by all West Australians and admired by the rest of the world.”

Design and production of the content and displays for the new museum is expected to take about three years, with installation in time for doors open in 2020.

The successful exhibition design teams are expected to be announced in late 2016.

Fact File

·         The new museum is scheduled to open in the Perth Cultural Centre in 2020
·         The Government has committed $428.3 million to the new museum project
·         For more information visit http://www.museum.wa.gov.au/new-museum

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New Museum
Thu, 06/04/2015 - 16:46 news

Temporary closure of the Play Space

Child playing the xylophone

The Play Space in the Perth Cultural Centre will be undergoing maintenance in mid-June while heritage conservation works are conducted on the facade of the Museum, in preparation for the New Museum

From next week, 9 June, the Play Space will be closed for a few months and the Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority will be taking the opportunity to conduct some maintenance on the instruments and equipment.

While it is closed, why not come into the Museum and explore our galleries and Discovery Centre?  We're still open and there is lots to see and do. 

For information on when the Play Space will re-open keep an eye on the Perth Cultural Centre website. 

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New Museum
Wed, 11/26/2014 - 07:24 news

Contractors invited to submit interest to design, construct New Museum

The New Museum for Western Australia reached a major milestone today with the State Government inviting local and international contractors to submit expressions of interest (EOI) to design and construct the New Museum in the Perth Cultural Centre.

The New Museum will open to the public in 2020 with a landmark new building that integrates with the heritage buildings. This invitation is the first step in the procurement process to develop the new facility.

This is a momentous time for WA as we develop a Museum that will share the stories of our people and places from around this vast State.

You can be a part of it. Have your say.  Share your story.  We want to hear from you. 

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