The charming Old Mill & Hay Store on Rottnest Island houses the Wadjemup Museum. The Rottnest Island Authority (RIA), with the expertise of Creative Spaces, initiated a mission to overhaul the existing displays. Their goal: to attract a younger audience and embrace modern museum storytelling methods.
Creative Spaces assumed leadership, spearheading a collaborative effort with a team of accomplished consultants. They designed and executed the Museum’s refurbishment comprehensively. Their actions included creating new display furniture, crafting eye-catching exterior signage, establishing a welcoming reception desk, developing immersive multimedia interactives, setting up a state-of-the-art theatrette, designing captivating exhibition graphics, and founding a Discovery Centre. These elements aimed not only to enhance the overall visitor experience but also to nurture a deeper connection between visitors and the Island’s remarkable cultural and environmental treasures.
In addition to these improvements, Creative Spaces executed various structural changes. They relocated the entrance to invite local foot traffic warmly. Unused decking underwent a thoughtful transformation into a vibrant events venue and a relaxed seating area. Furthermore, they introduced tiered seating arrangements to facilitate outdoor learning programs.
This comprehensive approach not only breathed new life into the Wadjemup Museum but also ensured its alignment with contemporary museum practices and broadened its appeal to a more diverse audience.
The Wadjemup Museum Refurbishment project has been made possible by the National Tourism Icons Program, a partnership between the State and Federal Governments. It is part of infrastructure upgrades across the Island, which will continue to make Rottnest a great place to experience.
This project was completed in December 2020.
To see more projects completed by Creative Spaces on Wadjemup Museum visit here.
Commendation, WA Heritage Awards, 2021.
Winner, MAGNA Awards (Museums And Galleries National Awards), 2021.