Last Night at the Museum a roaring success

The Western Australian Museum closed its doors in Perth’s Cultural Centre in impressive style with a sellout fundraising event that celebrated the Museum’s last 125 years.

Mae Cardaci, Chair of the Artefact Circle, says the aim of the event, Last Night at the Museum, was to celebrate the amazing work of the Western Australian Museum and its contribution to the community.

“It marked the temporary closure of the Museum’s Perth site and welcomed the beginning of a new era for the Foundation and its work to support the New Museum project,” says Mae.

Guests were treated to cocktails by Long Chim and Halford and gourmet canapes by Heyder and Shears, and were able to view a number of the Museum’s exquisite pieces as well as meet the Museum’s resident dinosaur, which greeted guests on arrival.

“The Foundation raised significant funds to support its Discovery Endowment Fund through the launching of the new Artefact Circle donor group and the auction of high end prizes,” says Mae. “These included uniquely related museum prizes such as private tours of the British Museum and the WA Museum’s incredible Collections and Research Centre. One of the most exciting and priceless opportunities available to the highest bidder was the opportunity to name a new species of Trapdoor spider, making their mark in history.”

One of the most significant redevelopments in Perth, the New Museum is set to open in 2020 with a new building that will integrate with the current heritage buildings. The larger space will allow the Museum to showcase new exhibitions, touring exhibitions, function and retail space, cafes and more.

Until then, the museums in Albany, Kalgoorlie and Geraldton remain open as well as the WA Maritime Museum. Additional collections will be on display at other locations such as the Perth Concert Hall and State Library of WA, which will be launching the Museum’s new Discovery Zone.

“For all involved ‒ the audience, the Museum, the sponsors ‒ it was an incredible success with significant funds raised to support the Discovery Endowment Fund, an absolutely essential initiative to bring the world to WA and advance WA to the world. This style of event is set to become an annual hit in the Perth social calendar. Watch this space.”


Western Australian Museum

Photography: Daniel Carson