Aboriginal Museums Museums in Perth
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Berndt Museum of Anthropology holds one of Australia's finest collections of Australian Aboriginal, contemporary and historical art and cultural materials.
- Museums:Aboriginal,Local History
- Open Days:Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Friday,Thursday
Berndt Museum of Anthropology was formally established in 1976 by the University of Western Australia. It holds one of Australia's finest collections of Australian Aboriginal, contemporary and historical art and cultural materials, as well as Asian and Melanesian collections.
Initially known as the Anthropology Research Museum, it was renamed the Berndt Museum of Anthropology in 1992. The change of name was to honour the Museum's founders and principal benefactors, Ronald M. and Catherine H. Berndt. The Museum administers the Professor Ronald M. and Dr Catherine H. Berndt Research Foundation that promotes research in the field of Aboriginal Australia.
The core collections were obtained by Ronald M. and Catherine H. Berndt during almost fifty years of fieldwork in many areas of Australia, as well as New Guinea.
These have been augmented by materials assembled by staff, graduate students and other associates of the Discipline of of Anthropology and Sociology, as well as through purchases and donations under the federal Cultural Gifts Program.
WA Museum Boola Bardip sits in the heart of the Perth Cultural Centre and features eight permanent galleries, each with its own distinct theme and content, across its five levels.
- Museums:Natural History,Science,State Museums,Aboriginal,Local History
This is just one of six Museums operated by the Western Australian Museum, the State’s premier cultural organisation, housing WA's scientific and cultural collection.
Boola Bardip means many stories in Whadjuk Nyoongar; the Country on which the Museum sits. WA Museum Boola Bardip is a place to share Western Australia’s many stories. Our people, our places and our role in the world.
Across its five levels, the new Museum features eight permanent galleries, each with its own distinct theme and content, which has been developed in consultation with around 54,000 from across WA.
WA Museum Boola Bardip also has a 1,000sqm special exhibition gallery, five revitalised heritage buildings, retail and café spaces – and of course, thousands of items from the State's collections displayed in new and innovative ways.