Located in the heart of Perth's cultural centre, WA Museum Boola Bardip has reopened and is perfect for a school holiday or weekend visit.
After closing four loooong years ago for redevelopment, Western Australia’s CBD museum has now reopened to the public. Renamed WA Museum Boola Bardip, which means ‘many stories’ in Noongar, the name gives recognition to the state’s Aboriginal people, their stories and their role in Western Australia’s culture and heritage.
The museum is a place to share stories and provides an insight into Indigenous ancestry, alongside Western Australia’s European and Asian settlers. It’s all about our people, our places and celebration the diversity of our state.
I visited with my two children aged 3 and 5, and we found a number of interactive activities and games throughout the museum. We didn’t even get around all the exhibits in the Museum and it’s going to take another trip to see what we missed.
We loved the colour, culture and the history of the Songlines: Tracking the Seven Sisters exhibit, which is a special, travelling exhibition by the National Museum of Australia and informs visitors how Indigenous people pass on knowledge through the story of the Seven Sisters.
There is a trail of fantastic artwork, plus a special dome in which visitors can take in images of the Seven Sisters Rock Art from South Australia.
Our next stop was the Rio Tinto Gallery: Innovations, a hands-on area for all ages featuring activities the kids can touch and games to play, plus artefacts and objects that showcases Western Australia's contribution to the arts, science, fashion, music and medicine.
The Reflections exhibit takes look at the stories behind Western Australia’s recent history and the cultural diversity immigration has brought.
You will find historical anecdotes and displays related to music, art, sport and entertainment.
We also took a look at the highly impressive whale skeleton and dinosaur skeleton.
The new building itself is an award-winner. The design of the building also encompasses the original WA Museum, which many Western Australians will have visited, along with the Old Gaol, first art gallery and Hackett Hall.
WA Museum Boola Bardip is open daily from 9am to 5pm, except Christmas Day, Good Friday and ANZAC Day. Entry is free, and you can book your tickets online at the website.
Our beloved WA Museum is back, so be sure to pack up the kids and pay a visit. There is so much to see and do, you won't be disappointed.
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WA Museum Boola Bardip: Essential Information
WHERE: Perth Cultural Centre, Perth (next to the State Library of WA)
WHEN: Daily from 9am to 5pm, except Christmas Day, Good Friday and ANZAC Day
COST: Free entry