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Published March 4th 2012
A Day in the Perth Cultural Centre
If you fancy heading into Perth for the day there are loads of things to keep you occupied. Plenty of shops to browse through and lots of cafes and restaurants to choose from, but if you feel like doing something a bit different then head on over to the Perth Cultural Centre.
The Perth Cultural Centre is located between Roe, Beaufort, Francis and William Streets in Northbridge just north of the Perth Train Station. It is a busy hive of culture, art and knowledge and a great place to enjoy a sunny day.
The Perth Cultural Centre includes a number of organisations including the Western Australian Museum, the Art Gallery of Western Australia, the State Library of Western Australia, the State Records Office of Western Australia, the Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts and The Blue Room Theatre.
The Art Gallery of Western Australia was founded in 1895 and can be found at the south-east corner of the Perth Cultural Centre. The Gallery houses the State Art Collection which includes art pieces by prominent Western Australian, Australian and International artists.
Along with the long term displays, The Art Gallery of Western Australia exhibits different short term collections at different times during the year. This offers you the chance to experience unique collections of historic and contemporary art works all year round.
Open from 10am till 5pm, Wednesday to Sunday, the Art Gallery of Western Australia is free to visit but they do ask for a small voluntary donation.
Attached to the Art Gallery is a café, Caffissisimo, which serves a selection of food and drinks so you can grab a quick snack or a coffee.
Western Australian Museum
The Western Australian Museum is home to a vast collection of local and travelling exhibitions. Housing fascinating long term displays of birds, butterflies, mammals and marine life, the museum also has a Diamonds to Dinosaurs exhibition and a discovery centre. The museum also features magnificent short term travelling exhibitions at different times during the year.
The Western Australian Museum is free to enter, asking only a small voluntary donation. Open daily from 9.30am till 5.00pm.
State Library of Western Australia
The State Library of Western Australia was founded in 1886 and is located in the Alexander Library Building in the Cultural Centre of Perth. With modern air conditioned facilities, comfortable surroundings, plenty of seating and great views of Perth the library is a popular Perth landmark.
The State Library houses extensive collections of newspapers, magazines and guidebooks not to mention thousands and thousands of books including a collection of rare publications.
There are also facilities for listening to music, watching videos and using the internet. There is a coffee shop and a bookshop on the ground floor.
Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts
Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts, or PICA, is one of Australia's leading centres for contemporary art. Incorporated in the 1980s, PICA is committed to promoting, supporting and presenting contemporary art in WA. Showing ever changing exhibitions of visual and performing arts all year round, PICA has become well known for presenting significant new works.
The State Records office of WA, located in the Alexander Library building, is responsible for managing and preserving all of the state's records. Holding all of the records regarding Western Australia, on paper and computer, which are not only important for future generations but to preserve our past history as well.
The Blue Room Theatre is located at the end of the Perth Cultural Centre close to Perth's nightlife and entertainment district.
Productions at the Blue Room Theatre are all totally produced and managed by the people who created them. There are sixteen new productions each year and each production has a three week season at this venue.
Perth Cultural Centre
So, why not take a day and explore the Perth Cultural Centre. There is plenty to do there, most of the places are free to enter and the exhibits are regularly changing. The Perth Cultural Centre is easily accessible from Perth City via the footbridge and walkways, there is also lots of parking available and public transport close by. There are a few cafes within the Perth Cultural Centre so you can easily have a snack or lunch or just grab a quick coffee, or if you prefer a short walk will have you in the heart of Perth City itself.