Western Australia's new museum at the Perth Cultural Centre has reached practical completion, on time and on budget.
The $396 million state-of-the-art museum, which is expected to be open in late 2020, will feature eight major galleries, a 1,000 square metre exhibition gallery and a cafe and function space.
Stage Two of the museum project is one of the nine State Government pilot projects under the Western Australian Industry Participation Strategy (WAIPS).
The museum was designed and built by Multiplex and Hassell and OMA and around eighty per cent of materials used on the project were locally supplied, including steel fabrication and concrete.
When the museum is complete, Stage Two of the project is expected to have supported more than 3000 jobs, including apprentices and trainees.
For Stage Two, around 82 per cent by value of sub-contracts awarded went to Western Australian businesses.
The State Government recently announced it would provide free entry to the museum for the first 18 months after it opens.
Culture and the Arts Minister David Templeman said the design of the museum was “inspired” by the unique landscapes and spirit of Western Australia.
"The new Museum is a magnificent project that showcases Western Australia and its place in the world,” he 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.
"This is a bold and dynamic architectural statement that will draw locals and visitors to the cultural heart of Western Australia."