WA Museum Boola Bardip

WA Museum

Many stories were what we were promised and many stories were delivered by the new WA Museum Boola Bardip.

A friend was lucky enough to win tickets in the ballot to visit the new museum in Northbridge and kindly invited me along to experience Perth’s latest visitor attraction.

And what an experience it was.

WA Museum

The museum stands on Whadjuk Nyoongar land and Boola Bardip means many stories in the Nyoongar language. In a brief introduction to the museum, one of the guides told us that the museum had decided on a people first policy showcasing Western Australia’s people, places and our role in the world.

We started on the third floor, reached by escalators or lifts, in the Wildlife Gallery. This gallery celebrates the biodiversity found throughout Western Australia. We had a two-year-old in our group and he was fascinated by the skeletons and a little bit wary of the giant model Titanosauriform sauropod, which was hanging from the ceiling.



One of the many innovations at the museum is the interactive items that children, of all ages, will love. Looking at representations of WA’s native birds and amphibians, the two-year-old was happy to press the buttons and hear what the black Carnaby or the motorbike frog sounded like. Another innovation is the’ Please Touch’ signs on exhibits. It is so different from the museums that I visited when I was a child – we were forever being told – just look, don’t touch anything!

WA Museum Boola Bardip

Connections gallery has stories about WA’s place in the world through trade, exploration, culture and immigration. The personal histories were very interesting.

WA Museum Boola Bardip

The second floor houses the Origins and the Changes galleries. Finding out about the origins of our galaxy, actually touching meteorites and learning about stones and crystals was fascinating.  As a late-life migrant to Western Australia, I was really grateful to learn so much history about our State and to find out more about WA’s remote areas.

WA Museum Boola Bardip

WA Museum Boola Bardip

Changes concentrates on the social, cultural and economic impact on our environment.

WA Museum Boola Bardip

Next up was the first floor where we were treated to a meeting with Otto the 24m long, Blue Whale skeleton. Named after taxidermist Otto Lipfert who collected and preserved the skeleton in 1897, Otto is suspended from the ceiling of the heritage-listed Hackett Hall building and is quite extraordinary.

WA Museum Boola Bardip

Reflections Gallery, also on the first floor is where I could have spent a whole day just absorbing WA history. Exploring the social and cultural diversity of WA from entertainment, crime and punishment, alcohol businesses, the First World War and even cookery was very informative and will be a wonderful resource for schools.  In a display of cookbooks, I found five that are still on my kitchen shelf – does that make me a collector, a hoarder or a dinosaur?

WA Museum Boola Bardip

WA Museum Boola Bardip

The ground floor has shops selling diverse items from history books and games to honey and there is also an Arts Hub. The two-year-old had been very good throughout our two-hour visit and thoroughly deserved his babycino at the Epoch café that has indoor and outdoor spaces on the ground floor.

WA Museum Boola Bardip

WA Museum Boola Bardip

Built at a cost of $400 million, the WA Museum Boola Bardip is well worth a visit and return visits. The building itself is very impressive and the use of colour inside and the way the original buildings are incorporated is excellent. There is plenty of seating in every gallery and on every floor. No food or drink, except water, is allowed and Covid-19 precautions such as automatic hand sanitisers are in place.

WA Museum Boola Bardip

WA Museum Boola Bardip

WA Museum Boola Bardip

Don’t miss this wonderful addition to Perth 

WA Museum Boola Bardip

Address: Perth Cultural Centre, Perth

Phone: 1300 134 081

Reservations: Bookings are open from November 30.

Opening hours: 9am-5pm. Closed Christmas, Good Friday and AMZAC Day.

Restrooms: On every floor, clean with ambulant, accessible and parent options

Website: museum.wa.gov.au

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About Hazel Broomhead

My name is Hazel and I am a Perth senior!

Originally from Edinburgh in Scotland, my husband and I moved to New Zealand with our children in 1974. As my husband is in the oil business, we moved to several other countries including the Sultanate of Oman, the Netherlands, Singapore, the Philippines, the USA, Russia and Kazakhstan during the next 36 years before retiring to Perth.

We have six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren who live in different parts of the globe – New Zealand, Scotland and Colombia - which makes a great excuse for us to travel and visit.

My career background is in radio and print journalism in Scotland and New Zealand as well as public relations in various other countries.

We love to eat out, walk, travel and enjoy the wonderful lifestyle here in Western Australia.

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