An intrinsic part of the cultural heritage of Perth, the Art Gallery of Western Australia is in the Perth Cultural centre. The Gallery’s history dates to 1887. The original plan was for the Gallery to be opened in the Jubilee Building dedicated to the Golden Jubilee of Queen Victoria. However, for unknown circumstances, the construction of the Gallery would be pushed back to 1901, when the first stone was laid by the Duke of Cornwall and York when Australia became a Federation.
The current building was built in 1979. Throughout Australia’s mining boom in the late 1970s, the local government dedicated many resources to developing Cultural Institutions.
The art gallery is renowned for the Aesthetic Movement collection (Artistic Movement of the late 19th century) and its indigenous and contemporary collection from the Northern and Western Australian Territory.