Project overview

Developer

West HQ

Architect

Cox Architecture

Builder

Hansen Yucken

Works

Construction of theatre


Opened in 2020, the WA Museum Bardip blends heritage buildings and contemporary architecture to deliver a visionary museum experience.

The new museum is an innovative and exciting place intended to become a landmark destination that contributes to the vibrancy of Perth’s Cultural Centre. It leverages the latest trends in design, sustainability, technology, accessibility and visitor engagement to create a unique museum that delights and inspires.

The new museum building is three times the size of the old museum and includes eight permanent galleries, a 1,000 square metre temporary exhibition gallery, a shop and cafe. As part of this project, four buildings were connected by new looped walkways, improving accessibility and traffic flow.

The name Boola Bardip means ‘many stories’ in Noongar language and recognises the significant role of Aboriginal people in WA’s shared cultural heritage.

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Photography by Ian Glen