Australian Museum to undergo $7.2 million transformation

Published 16th June, 2014 in Arts & Culture

The Australian Museum will receive a substantial funding boost as part of the 2014/15 budget, set to transform the visitor experience.

Artists impression of redeveloped Australian Museum
Artists impression of redeveloped Australian Museum

The Australia Museum is scheduled for major upgrades under the New Australian Museum Master Plan. The master plan is set to improve the visitor experience at one of the nation’s most important cultural and educational institutions.

Minister for the Arts Troy Grant has confirmed that the museum will receive $4.7 million over two years to implement the master plan. The plan will initially focus on developing the Yurong Street end of the current site. A further $2.5 million has been allocated to complete Stage 1 of the master plan, which will focus on improving visitor accessibility.

Other planned capital works include:

  • a new highly accessible entrance on William Street;
  • new spaces dedicated to education and learning;
  • a large temporary display space to host large exhibitions;
  • permanent galleries to display the Museum’s Pacific collection;
  • a new 632 m2 gallery space highlighting biodiversity;
  • a new brasserie with spectacular views over the city and harbour;

“The NSW State Government recognises the Australian Museum’s significance to the city, the state and the country and is funding these important works and future planning to ensure the Australian Museum can deliver a world-class visitor experience to the people of NSW and to interstate and international tourists,” Mr Grant said.

Image courtesy Australian Museum

Published 16th June, 2014 in Arts & Culture