Q&A Fact Sheet

How much will tickets to the Museum be?

To celebrate the opening the State Government has announced general admission to the Museum will be free for everyone for 18 months.

Special exhibitions and programs may incur admission fees.  Check the website for details.

When will the New Museum open?

The Museum will open in November 2020.

How do I get tickets to the opening?

An announcement about the opening events and how to get tickets will be made in mid-2020. Sign up to the Museum’s enewsletter or social channels to find out about the latest news and events. 

Will the Museum have spaces to hire for events like weddings and corporate events?

Yes! The New Museum has a range of stunning spaces available to hire for your next event, party or private function. We’re taking bookings from January 2020 for events in 2021.  Call our functions team to have a chat about the beautiful spaces to hire. venuehire@museum.wa.gov.au

How can I get a job at the New Museum?

All vacancies for the New Museum will be advertised on the WA Government Jobs Board. https://jobs.wa.gov.au/

Can I volunteer at the Museum?

Volunteering opportunities will be advertised in 2020.  Sign up to the Museum’s enewsletter or social channels to find out about the range of volunteering opportunities.

Will my favourite objects be displayed in the New Museum?

Thousands of objects, stories, multimedia and interactive experiences will be included in the New Museum.  And yes - we are including dinosaurs, the bison and our beautiful blue whale. plus a whole lot more!

Why will it take another year until the Museum reopens?

Museum objects cannot be installed until the spaces are clean, dust free and prepared for exhibition.  We will be installing thousands of objects in eight galleries, and this delicate operation will take around a year.  It will be worth the wait!

What is the budget for the project?

The budget for the New Museum Project is approximately (AUD) $400 million.

Who is funding the project?

The New Museum is a major project for the State Government of Western Australia.

When did building construction start?

Early works started in the second half of 2016. The building reached practical completion in late 2019.

Why did the State Government build a New Museum?

The Museum’s main buildings in Perth were showing their age and the State Government recognised the importance of developing cultural infrastructure, both for the benefit of Western Australians and to attract investors, employers, workers and visitors.

The New Museum provides better physical, sensory and intellectual access for all Western Australians and new opportunities to explore the past, present and future of this great State.

Who is managing the project?

The New Museum team comprises the Department of Local Government, Sport, Cultural Industries, the Western Australian Museum and is led by the Department of Finance, Strategic Projects. Multiplex have managed the construction and fit out of the building and will be working with the State on the integrated exhibition fit out.

How big is it?

The New Museum is around 20,000m2 and comprises of a new building, refurbished existing heritage buildings and public spaces.

Where is the New Museum located?

The New Museum is located in the Perth Cultural Centre, between the State Library of WA and the Art Gallery of Western Australia. The new building integrates the existing heritage buildings on the original WA Museum site.