Museum of Perth

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Atlas Building entrance on the Esplanade frontage with Museum of Perth sign, June 2018

The Museum of Perth is a private, non-profit museum located in the Atlas Building, 8-10 The Esplanade (opposite Elizabeth Quay), in Perth, Western Australia. It aims to chronicle the social, cultural, political and architectural history of Perth.


It began life as a virtual museum on the social media site Twitter in October 2012, created by Dallas Robertson, a museum studies student at Edith Cowan University.[citation needed] It was expanded into Facebook the following year.

Following an online article about the Twitter page from the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (Perth) in 2013,[1] Perth City councillor Reece Harley approached Robertson with the view to opening a bricks and mortar version of the museum.[2]

In 2014 the still-virtual museum gained local attention when it led a campaign against the City of Perth to save an art deco factory from demolition,[3][3] which ultimately failed when a Western Australian state minister intervened to support the local government's decision.[4]


By July 2015 the cyber Museum of Perth moved a step closer to reality when the Perth History Association was set up comprising members Dallas Robertson, Reece Harley, Ryan Zaknich, Ryan Mossny, Richard Offen and Diana Warnock. The not-for-profit organisation subsequently founded the Museum of Perth with Reece Harley as executive director.[5][6] In October 2015 the Museum of Perth became a reality, with project manager Alysha Worth employed to oversee its establishment.[7]


Along with a permanent exhibition on the history of Perth, the museum also contains a micro-cinema and hosts rotating exhibitions on Perth's social history.[8][9]


The museum also has been involved in the annual Heritage Perth "Perth Heritage Days".[10]

  • Shaping Perth[11]
  • Soldiers of Barrack Street[12]
  • Demolished Icons of Perth[13]


  1. ^ "Uncovering old Perth through new networks". ABC Perth. 8 April 2013.
  2. ^ "Museum of Perth dream to become reality". 16 July 2015.
  3. ^ a b "Gone in a puff". 23 January 2014.
  4. ^ "Factory smoked by PCC". 31 January 2014.
  5. ^ "Museum of Perth to throw open doors next month". 10 August 2015.
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 6 April 2016. Retrieved 7 February 2016.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  7. ^ "Museum of Perth opens doors to local history". 21 October 2015.
  8. ^ Cheng, Linda (22 January 2016). "Elizabeth Quay: the Perth waterfront designs that were never built". WAtoday.
  9. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 8 February 2016. Retrieved 7 February 2016.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  10. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 24 May 2016. Retrieved 1 October 2016.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
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Coordinates: 31°57′23″S 115°51′29″E / 31.956438°S 115.857976°E / -31.956438; 115.857976