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Reviewed 26 February 2021

Took the Highlights Tour.
Guide was entertaining but appeared to dwell on his favourite fashion interests - informative but "gee wow" with factual errors.

Museum is awful to navigate -it just does not flow - map is huge and useless.
Its more a politically correct art gallery than a museum.
Huge amounts of arty farty empty spaces and precious few exhibits.
The treatment of the historic Hacket Library has a few token WA exhibits, a whale skeleton and a vast array of empty bookshelves -most of it locked off from visiting because it is a cash cow for holding functions.

The coffee shop is dissected by a wind tunnel and wait staff pushing through the line of potential customers - there was a long, slow line and like a number of others we gave up and left.
☕✔ When we returned later, we did get a good coffee and snack at premium prices.

Date of experience: February 2021
2  Thank 666geofft
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Reviewed 19 February 2021

I would have given this five stars as the museum is world class but it is sadly let down by the cafe that is stuck in a wind tunnel on the ground floor. Why oh why was the cafe not put on the top floor - the views of Perth are stunning? We ended up eating nearby in PICABAR where, for $25, I had a very nice steak burger, chips and a glass of rose.
We can do things well in WA but it's that attention to detail and the little bits that just don't cut it.

Date of experience: February 2021
1  Thank 523sandiew
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Reviewed 18 February 2021

This was supposed to be a good trip up to Perth but I was very disappointed by the experience at the museum. The epoch cafe had horrible customer service were the staff treated you as just an obstacle to move around and prices were inflated out of proportion. On the website it says the menu is cheaper but in reality it is a lie. In the actual museum , (you had to walk outside to the cafe) the place had barely any bins. Where are you supposed to put your cafe scraps after you've finished ? The elevators in the museum must have been made to annoy people because only some of them went to every level while the rest you had to walk a large distance to get to. Overall the experience at this facility is a 2 out of 5 as the redeeming quality was the space and geology section. I would not recommend if you are interested, just look online.

Date of experience: February 2021
2  Thank OrangeMC
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Reviewed 13 February 2021

My girls (aged 7 and 11) and I thoroughly enjoyed the 'Highlights Tour' of the museum this morning. The tour was only a few dollars each and it was a great taster for what the museum has to offer. The tour was taken by Phil and he was brilliant at showing off the different area of the museum.

The tour group was small, he took the time to learn all our names and to find out what we were interested in seeing. He was very funny and kept all the kids engaged for the whole hour.

Also as we had pre booked our tickets we didn't have to queue outside and were shown right in. As it is currently free to enter the museum I would highly recommend to book the 'Highlights Tour' as a starting point and then you can decide what you would like to spend your time seeing when it is finished.

Date of experience: February 2021
Thank 530monikac
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Reviewed 11 February 2021

Brand new building on the site (and incorporating some) of the original Museum building.
3 levels with easy access by lift, escalator or stairs.
EXCELLENT displays with many interactive displays.......history of WA, Nature of WA, social history of WA all expertly explained.
Great place for kids and school groups to learn and touch and play.
At the moment it is free entry, but COVID restrictions may mean a queue to enter.
Having said that, you can stay as long as you like, so the wait is worth it.

Date of experience: February 2021
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