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WA Maritime and other WA museums to remain open.

Kathryn Diss, WA Museum says visitors will not miss out when Perth headquarters shuts for four years, ABC News, 18 September 2015

The WA Museum has defended a decision to close the doors of its Perth building for four years during refurbishments, saying it will not impact on its ability to display exhibitions elsewhere.

The museum will close its doors from mid-2016 as work begins on creating a new facility on the same site.

The project includes refurbishing heritage buildings in the Perth Cultural Centre and the Welshpool Collections and Research Centre.

WA Museum chief executive Alec Coles said it would endeavour to deliver exhibitions to visitors through other sites it operates, as well as pop-up displays in and around Perth’s CBD.

“We have got two sites in Fremantle – the Maritime Museum and Shipwrecks Gallery, which will be working full on. We have got regional sites in Kalgoorlie, Albany and Geraldton,” he said.

“We will work across WA with a range of partners, and it is our intention to maintain a presence in the cultural centre.”

WA Arts Minister John Day said while unfortunate, the closure was necessary to properly refurbish the site.

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