The Governor and Ms Annus attended the official opening of the WA Museum Boola Bardip, with Premier Mark McGowan and Culture and the Arts Minister David Templeman opening the doors to the public for the first time.
They were accompanied by hundreds of lucky ticketholders who were randomly selected by public ballot, to be the first visitors through the doors.
Boola Bardip means ‘many stories’ in Whadjuk Noongar language. WA Museum Boola Bardip has been developed with a ‘People First’ approach, and its content and experiences have been informed by four Community Panels, the WA Museum Aboriginal Advisory Committee, the Whadjuk Content Working Group, and direct engagement with more than 54,000 people across WA.
As well as its Aboriginal cultural materials gallery Ngalang Koort Booja Wirn, the Museum features the stories and perspectives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples throughout.
Designed and built by Managing Contractor Multiplex and international architectural consortium Hassell + OMA, WA Museum Boola Bardip integrates five renovated and revitalised heritage buildings with a spectacular new building, creating eight new permanent exhibition galleries, a 1,000sqm special exhibition gallery, life-long learning studios, and retail, café and public spaces.
WA Museum Boola Bardip is among six national finalists for the 2020 Australian Construction Achievement Award, which showcases world-class solutions and excellence in construction projects. It won three awards at the WA Master Builders Bankwest Excellence in Construction Awards 2020, including Best Government Building over $100m; Best Historic Restoration or Renovation over $100m; and Best Public Use Building over $100m.
General admission to WA Museum Boola Bardip is free for everyone for the first 18 months, while admission for children under 15 years will always be free.