WA Museum Boola Bardip, Perth

WA Museum Boola Bardip: What You Need To Know

bySally Hall
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Since reopening at the end of 2020, WA Museum Boola Bardip’s $396 million redevelopment has become the jewel of the Cultural Centre, with world-class collections in a stunning building that merges old and new. The museum’s name translates to “Many Stories” in Whadjuk Noongar, with the museum located on Whadjuk Noongar Boodja.

Where is it?

The museum is located in the Perth Cultural Centre in the heart of Northbridge. Situated on the corner of Beaufort and Francis Streets, the main entrance is on the James Street Mall.

What can you do there?

There are eight permanent exhibitions at the museum, and each explore the museum’s three key themes: Being Western Australian, Discovering Western Australia, and Exploring the World. These permanent exhibitions include Ngalang Koort Boodja Wirn, which shares the stories, history and culture of First Nations peoples of Western Australia. Innovations celebrates the ingenuity and creativity of West Australians, and includes three interactive hubs with a rotating schedule of activities. Plus, you can’t miss saying hello to Otto, the spectacular blue whale skeleton suspended from the ceiling of the stunning heritage Hackett Hall.

Of course, there are heaps of programs, events and activities tailored towards kids – including Little Learners, an interactive and educator-led program tailored to ages 2-5, as well as oodles of school holiday activities to suit a variety of ages and interests.

WA Museum Boola Bardip, Perth

How much does it cost?

The museum is free entry, however some special events and exhibitions may require a fee. You can head straight there, but on weekends and public holidays there may be a wait – to ensure entry, you can pre-book your visit HERE.

Opening hours:

The museum is open every day from 9.30am to 5pm, and is closed on Good Friday and Christmas Day.

For more information about WA Museum Boola Bardip, head to their website HERE.