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Western Australia's new museum Boola Bardip is open to the public

Boola Bardip means 'many stories' in Whadjuk Noongar language and recognises the significant role of Aboriginal people in WA's shared cultural heritage.

Stage Two of the museum project is one of the 9 state government pilot projects under the Western Australian Industry Participation Strategy.


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The new $400 million WA Museum Boola Bardip is now open.

Premier Mark McGowan and Minister for Culture and the Arts David Templeman opened the doors to the museum in the heart of the Perth Cultural Centre on November 21. 

Boola Bardip means 'many stories' in Whadjuk Noongar language and recognises the significant role of Aboriginal people in WA's shared cultural heritage.

The museum was designed and built by Multiplex, Hassell and OMA and includes eight new permanent galleries, a 1000sqm special exhibition gallery, life-long learning studios, and retail, café and public spaces.

Stage Two of the museum project is one of the 9 state government pilot projects under the Western Australian Industry Participation Strategy (WAIPS).

Around 80% of materials used on the project were locally supplied, including steel fabrication and concrete.

The construction stage of the project supported more than 3000 jobs including apprentices and trainees, and around 74% by value of sub-contracts awarded, went to WA businesses.

Mr McGowan said the new WA Museum Boola Bardip was simply spectacular.

“I have no doubt Western Australians will be blown away by its stunning architecture and fascinating exhibits,” he said.

 "It is a world-class museum by any standard, and one that we can all be proud of. This is a public museum, built by Western Australians, for Western Australians, to share the extraordinary stories of this great State.

 "The stunning, $400 million redevelopment of the Museum precinct in the Perth Cultural Centre will have significant social and economic benefits for all Western Australians.

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