Boola Bardip, WA’s newest museum, is open.
Meaning many stories in the Whadjuk Nyoongar language, the Country on which the museum sits, Boola Bardip is the four-year, $400M project that seeks to tell the stories of every West Australian and of every region and every community in our state. (Featured image: wamuseum)
Speaking to the media, Premier Mark McGowan has said that he thinks ”it’ll be one of Australia’s great public buildings and one of the world’s great museums” where WA’s unique cultural and scientific collections will come to life through interactive and multi-media experiences.
At three times the size of the former museum, with up to 1000 square-metres of temporary exhibition space and eight permanent exhibitions, we certainly think he might be right. But since we missed out on tickets to the nine-day opening celebration, we’re just going to have to wait to find out to see how, among other items, the bison, the ancient meteorites and the blue whale will be displayed.
Luckily, though, we’re not going to have to wait long with bookings having reopened for visits, which you can do here.
Visitors are being informed that they will now need at least two hours to fully explore the museum, which weaves together the following three themes: being Western Australia, discovering Western Australia, and exploring the world.
Of the eight permanent exhibitions, Ngalang Koort Boodja Wirn shares the stories of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples of Western Australia whereas Changes highlights the cultural, economic and social impacts of human engagement on our state, from knowledge of Australia’s first peoples in their management and nurturing of the land to modern day usages.
Entry into the musuem is free, and will continue to be free for the first eighteen months and for all people under the age of fifteen. A two-hour Highlights tour will set you back $10.
Before you go, take a fly through the museum and be amazed by how huge it is.