The development of the new museum in the Perth Cultural Centre will transform the site into a dynamic museum precinct with an iconic museum for Western Australia.
A brand new building on the site of the former Francis Street building will join the current heritage buildings including the Old Gaol, Hackett Hall, and Jubilee and Beaufort Street wings, which will be refurbished through this project.
The new, contemporary building will integrate with the heritage buildings to double the exhibition space we currently have at the Perth site and allow us to create:
- New galleries based on the three major themes; Being Western Australian, Discovering Western Australia and Exploring the World;
- New spaces for major touring exhibitions;
- An interactive and experiential gallery that aims to connect visitors to the important research, investigation and conservation going on behind the scenes at the Museum; and;
- Function spaces, café and retail services.
The new museum project will also include critical improvements to the Museum’s Collection and Research Centre (CRC) in Welshpool.
The CRC will continue to house the Museum’s research laboratories and working collections however the facility will be upgraded to include new laboratories and workshops so collections can be prepared and conserved ready for the new museum and the Museum can continue its important research.
The design of the new museum will be determined in the coming years as we develop the architectural brief and undertake a competitive tender process to design and construct the new museum.
We look forward to sharing the design with you in the coming years.