Nine-day festival to celebrate new look Western Australian Museum

A nine-day festival expected to attract tens of thousands of visitors will be part of the celebrations for the opening of the renovated Western Australian Museum in the Perth Cultural Centre.

Slated to open on November 21, the new look museum will feature eight new permanent galleries, a 1000sqm temporary exhibition gallery, life-long learning studios, and retail and café spaces.

A new structure has been built around five heritage listed buildings as part of the $400 million development that saw the Museum completely closed for several years.

One of the eight permanent galleries, Ngalang Koort Boodja Wirn, is dedicated to sharing traditional and contemporary Aboriginal culture and history, while the skeleton of a blue whale that has not been on display since 2003 is expected to be a highlight when the new building opens.

Premier Mark McGowan said the new Western Australian Museum “will be a cultural tourism sensation”.

“The $400 million redevelopment of the site is one of the most significant cultural infrastructure projects undertaken anywhere in the world this century,” he said.