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Published on : Saturday, June 18, 2016
WA 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,” 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 visited 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 were seen 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.
“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.”