More massive news for WA in the midst of all this infrastructure being opened here in #Perth.
First, the new Stadium has officially been introduced to the people. Also, the new Scarborough Beach Pool has finally opened.
Now, mark down January 22 as the day construction began on our very own world-class museum.
Premier Mark McGowan and Culture and the Arts Minister David Templeman visited the new museum site today to announce the signing of the Stage Two agreement between the State and the managing contractor, Multiplex, which will see the completion of the project.
According to the press release, the museum will include:
- Seven major galleries that will share the stories of Western Australia, its people, its places and its relationship with the wider world
- A 1,000 sqm temporary exhibition gallery for home-grown and touring exhibitions
- Learning studios and programmable spaces for visitors and groups of all ages, including schools
- Retail, café and commercial spaces
- Activated public spaces both inside and outside the museum; and
- A spectacular display of the State's famous blue whale skeleton
The new museum is expected to attract about 800,000 visitors in its first year and contribute about $31 million of extra tourism spend generated from international visitors staying an extra night in WA.
The forecast is that the museum will be open for business in 2020, just two and a bit years away.