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A general exterior view of the WA Museum Boola Bardip

To mark the anniversary and milestone, the museum hosted a weekend of celebrations including free tours, music performances, expert talks and family activities.

Julie Doessel from Swan View was the 700,000th visitor to the museum. The family was presented with a museum birthday gift bag featuring a toy of 'Otto' the blue whale and the Sharing Stories commemorative book.

In the year since opening the WA Museum Boola Bardip has won a number of prestigious awards including:

  • 2020 Master Builders-Bankwest Excellence in Construction Awards — best government building over $100 million, best historic restoration or renovation over $100 million and best public use building over $100 million
  • Western Australian Architecture Awards 2021 — the George Temple Poole Award, Jeffrey Howlett Award for public architecture and John Septimus Roe Award for urban design
  • 2021 AILA WA Landscape Architecture Awards —Civic Landscape — Award of Excellence; 
  • Cultural Heritage — Landscape Architecture Award
  • Museum and Gallery National Awards (MAGNA) — winner Permanent Exhibition and Gallery Fit Out, winner Interpretation, Learning and Audience Engagement, winner Sharing Stories Research project
  • Museums Australia Multimedia & Publication Awards (MAPDA) — Highly Commended App Category for the Gogo Digital Guide.


Page reviewed 27 February 2023