Image: Collections and Research Building
The Collections and Research Building on the left beside the Parkes-Farmer Wing (centre) and the original Lewis Wing (right).
- Carl Bento
- © Australian Museum
Collections and Research Building 2006-2008
In the 2004 state budget, the NSW government announced it would allocate $40.9 million over five years to the Australian Museum for its Revitalisation Program. Stage One of the project included the building of a new Collections and Research Building adjacent to the Parkes Farmer wing facing William Street. It was aimed primarily at alleviating the critical accommodation issues which had been affecting the Museum for decades. It provides a purpose-built facility for over 10 million zoology specimens, and contemporary offices and laboratories to house the Museums science staff and the leading-edge scientific research being conducted at the Museum.
In late 2006 construction began on the new building and by 30 September 2008 many science staff and their collections had moved into the $32 million dollar addition. The luminous colourful (energy saving) façade lights were publicly turned on for the first time, highlighting the Museums bright new presence on William Street. On 19 November the building was officially opened by the Minister Assisting the Premier on the Arts, The Hon Virginia Judge and the Minister for Science and Medical Research, The Hon Jodi McKay.