WA Museums reopen this weekend…

WA Maritime Museum

It’s time to get your fix of culture with the reopening of WA museums from 6 June.

WA Museum chief executive officer Alec Coles said it was exciting to be able to welcome Western Australians back to their museums.

“We cannot wait to see people return, and we can assure everyone that the health and well-being of our visitors, staff, volunteers and contractors is our single most important priority,” Mr Coles said.

“We have a COVID-19 Safety plan in place and all WA Museum sites have been deep cleaned while they have been closed.”

In line with medical advice and WA Government requirements, the Museum will increase the cleaning of surfaces especially in public spaces, provide hand sanitiser, remove some interactive exhibits and play materials, and ensure physical distancing is maintained. HMAS Ovens, the Oberon class submarine at the WA Maritime Museum, will remain closed for the time being.

The Museum is also installing automatic temperature scanning systems at all of its sites. The system automatically scans each person upon entry to the building, and notes any temperature recording outside the normal body temperature range. It does not record personal images or other information. 

In line with requirements of the WA Government’s Phase three of the Roadmap to Recovery, there will also be a limit of 100 people per single undivided space, and up to 300 people per museum over multiple spaces. This takes into account the new occupancy limit that allows one person per two square metres of venue space.  

During the closure period, staff prepared free programs for their communities and schools which were delivered online. The Museum also created its “Distant Discoveries” program – a series of videos, images and stories available online, about some of the most iconic collection objects, and connections to local histories and stories.

For more information go to www.museum.wa.gov.au