Venue hire & functions

A stunning new building with deep historical roots.

There is no doubt that the WA Museum Boola Bardip has become Perth’s new stand-out building. Conceived and designed by the international architectural consortium of Hassell + OMA, its clean lines and dramatic spaces both promise, and deliver, exciting experiences.

Just as impressive is the integration of five of Perth’s most extraordinary heritage buildings, all of which are ingeniously wrapped into the overall design, with seamless connections between them and the new buildings. A recent piece in the Australian Financial Review congratulated the architectural team, stating

“The new Museum for Western Australia brings together the old and the new in a way that takes repurposing heritage buildings to new heights.”

Through this mosaic of harmonised spaces, the Museum offers endless opportunities for hospitality and events of all scales; intimate or dramatic; formal or informal; inside or outside; traditional or contemporary.


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Heyder & Shears

Hospitality has been a passion of Heyder & Shears for over 30 years with the company now having provided catering to the Museum for over 16 years. Heyder & Shears has earned an enviable reputation for quality and style when it comes to private and corporate events and the highly talented and creative team is committed to delivering the perfect occasion with exquisite food and faultless service.

Heyder & Shears are passionate about the quality and diversity of the produce in Western Australia, and their commitment to showcasing this is a cornerstone of the company’s philosophy and success. Executive Chef – Stephen Watson creates menus evolving with both trends and seasonal availability.

Service offering

Heyder & Shears will coordinate your event experience at the Museum from start to finish. They will be your first point of contact when booking the space and will take you through to the execution on the day. The dedicated Events & Sales team will guide you through the most suitable space for your event and curate a tailored menu and complementing beverage list. In detail, they will explain the venue specific logistics, coordinate the setup of lighting, audio visual, furniture & equipment included within the hire, as well as the booking of any security and cleaning as required.

Heyder & Shears can also assist with additional production, styling and event design, or simply coordinate your preferred suppliers. On the day of your event Heyder & Shears will have a team on site from bump in through to the conclusion of your function.

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Phone: (08) 9221 4110


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A large formal dining space beneath a blue whale skeleton

Venue Hire Brochure

WA Museum Boola Bardip has a range of venue hire spaces across three levels available to host your next event.

Venue Spaces

Woodside Learning Studios
Woodside Learning studios

The three Woodside Learning Studios have been purpose-built for meetings, workshops and school excursions. Each space is fitted with audio visual equipment and modular furniture to provide versatility.

The wall connecting Studio One and the Lobby is retractable, creating a breakout space for socialising and refreshments. The wall between Studio Two and Studio Three can also be retracted if a larger space is required.

Hackett Hall
A historic building with rows of balconies filled with dark wood bookshelves is decorated with elegant black and gold furniture while a whale skeleton is positioned overhead.

Built in 1913 as an extension to the original State Library, Hackett Hall is steeped in history.

Restoration works highlight the ornate pressed tin ceilings, original frescoes and Western Australian crafted stonemasonry and carpentry. The mezzanine level showcases the original library bookcases and spiral staircases.Suspended from the central hall is the Museum’s blue whale. Found washed ashore in Busselton in 1897, this 24-metre skeleton is positioned in a dynamic lunge-feeding position.On the ground level view the Stan Perron WA Treasures gallery. This unique display features treasured objects from the Museum and WA’s other cultural organisations.

Hackett Hall’s grand open space is ideal for everything from weddings to end of year celebrations; fully catered banquet dinners to corporate functions.

Special Exhibitions Level
A long table with a black table cloth and elegant gold decorations and cutlery and white plates stretches across the long corridor in the WA Museum. The table is lined with black fabric chairs and alongside the right hand wall large glass windows let in a dusky afternoon light

The Museum is a place where the local community and global visitors gather, to share their understanding of the past, thoughts of the moment and ambitions for the future.

Situated on the first floor of the Museum is a 1,000sqm special exhibition gallery, scheduled to feature both national and international exhibitions. 

The open areas surrounding the gallery feature polished terrazzo floors and floor-to-ceiling windows, inviting views of Perth’s cultural centre and the heritage-listed Old Gaol.

Paired with exclusive viewings of the Museum’s latest exhibition, this is a space like no other.

Northern Terrace
Northern Terrace

Invite your guests to an exclusive after-hours viewing of the Museum’s Origins and Changes permanent exhibitions.

Origins explores science and stories millions of years in the making. See how the land and waters that we now call Western Australia have been shaped under a vast and evolving southern sky. Moving through Changes, learn how humans have dramatically transformed landscapes revealing values and actions of the past, present and future.Outside the galleries, guests will find a relaxed social space with floor-to-ceiling windows and access to an outdoor terrace that looks out from the cultural centre towards the Perth hills.

Ideal for cocktail parties, lectures and corporate functions.

Western Terrace
Western Terrace

Rising above Hackett Hall is the Museum’s cantilever gallery. Wrapped in a bespoke metal veil, guests are offered privacy while enjoying unparalleled views of the city and its surrounds.

This entire level can be utilised with the option to partition areas providing more intimate spaces or multiple bars and social areas.

Guests are welcomed to explore the permanent displays on this level, with exclusive viewings available for the Museum’s Wild Life and Tianqi Lithium Connections galleries.

City Room
A front view of the WA Museum city room on a cloudy day

Inspired by Nature’s Window in Kalbarri, this soaring space is a dramatic interface between the Museum and the Perth Cultural Centre providing a unique events and performance venue.

This open-air area with moveable seating and a backdrop of the historic Old Gaol is partially enveloped by a 15 metre copper-look soffit ceiling.

Opening out into the cultural centre, the City Room has been thoughtfully designed to accommodate large community events including festivals, concerts, dinners and markets.