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Western Australian Museum night view. Photo by Peter Bennett.
  • MAGNAs the top awards for Australian culture and the arts sector.
  • WA Museum Boola Bardip best for galleries, engagement and refugee research.
  • State Government providing free general admission for at least 18 months.

Culture and the Arts Minister David Templeman today congratulated WA Museum CEO Alec Coles and everyone who contributed to the outstanding $400 million, government-funded WA Museum Boola Bardip in the Perth Cultural Centre.

The MAGNAs are open to all Australian cultural collecting institutions and recognise excellence and innovation in the sector. WA Museum Boola Bardip won three awards:

  • Permanent Exhibition or Gallery Fitout
  • Interpretation, Learning and Audience Engagement
  • Research project. 

The award for gallery fitout was presented for all eight new permanent galleries in the WA Museum Boola Bardip. The galleries focus on the museum's major themes of being Western Australian, Discovering Western Australia and Western Australia's relationship with the world. Each gallery has its own personality and specific mix of objects, interactives, multimedia and programming spaces.

The museum won the Audience Engagement award for its six-year, State-wide engagement program which saw more than 54,000 people from across WA provide their thoughts and ideas about the stories and programs they wanted to see in their new museum.

The award-winning research project entitled 'Sharing Stories' was a collaborative effort by the museum, CARAD (Centre for Asylum Seekers, Refugees and Detainees), eight Western Australians with refugee experience and two independent content creators. Eight short films were produced that explore what it means to be a refugee in WA, and part of the Museum's Connections gallery is dedicated to exploring migrant issues.   

Since it opened in November last year, more than 480,000 visitors have visited the WA Museum Boola Bardip. Boola Bardip means 'many stories' in Nyoongar language, acknowledging that the museum sits on Whadjuk Nyoongar land, and celebrating the shared cultural heritage of the 2.65 million people who call WA home.

The State Government has committed to providing free general admission to Boola Bardip for at least the first 18 months of operation. Children under the age of 15 will always be provided free general admission.

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Page reviewed 07 September 2021