WA’s new museum set to showcase the state

WA is set to showcase exhibitions in style with the state’s new world class museum reaching completion.

The museum has achieved “a major milestone” in its completion on time and within budget, set to open in November 2020.

The State Government revealed the completed buildings on Thursday, showcasing the architecture that was inspired by the unique landscapes and spirit of WA.

It was created with exceptional spaces for the new exhibitions and visitor experiences, integrating heritage-listed buildings, showcasing the history of the site and uses of the buildings over time.

It was designed by team Hassell + OMA which has resulted in the museum’s shortlisting for the 2020 Construction Achievement awards.

Eight major galleries will feature in the museum, a 1,000sqm special exhibition gallery, café, retail and function spaces and learning studios, developed with a “people-first approach.”

2,878 local jobs have been created for Western Australians in the construction industry through the project, with another 420 creative industries jobs to be created by the end of the project.

The museum is expected to be a gateway to WA as a major cultural tourism attraction.

Arts Minister David Templeman said the museum would showcase WA and its place in the world.

“This is a bold and dynamic architectural statement that will draw locals and visitors to the cultural heart of Western Australia,” Mr Templeman said.

“The design team has created a dramatic building that both complements and contrasts with the beautiful heritage architecture on the site. The result is nothing short of spectacular.”

Finance Minister Ben Wyatt said the museum was another excellent infrastructure project in the state.

“The project has been managed with a focus on customer needs, in this case, providing excellent services and experiences for all museum visitors. The result is a landmark museum for our State, delivered on time and within budget,” he said.

“I am proud to see that Aboriginal stories and perspectives will be woven throughout the museum. I look forward to seeing the rich and diverse cultures of Aboriginal Western Australians showcased in our new world-class museum.”

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