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Transforming the Museum in a Container.

With the advent of a new world-class museum for WA well and truly underway, and a new energised identity, the WA Museum is clearly poised to stretch the boundaries of experiential design.

Recently, we worked closely with the WAM team to realise the innovative Museum in a Container concept. A long way from its original purpose, the 20 foot sea container has been modified into a state of the art, go anywhere micro-museum.

Watching the container unfold is akin to seeing a transformer come to life. A full side of the container is hydraulically operated to open completely, revealing all the Museum has to offer while expanding the floor space for more visitors to experience the container. An automated shade awning extends over the exterior to provide shade and comfort for visitors while they enjoy the micro-museum.



Venturing inside the container, visitors encounter experiences such as engaging daily demonstrations from the museum staff on any number of themes, that evolve and adapt to wherever the container has travelled. Custom showcases provide display space for various objects – recently it was all things crustacea in Mandurah for the annual Crabfest. Interactive displays provide engaging experiences for young and old alike, whilst the large LCD screens on either side of the cabinetry stream live, close up footage from today’s presentation – anything from dissections to the latest close up encounters of Western Australia’s unique creatures.

From the Crabfest in WA’s south, the container recently journeyed north, reaching visitors at the WA Day celebrations in Elizabeth Quay to help us discover more about WA’s rich Nyoongar history and culture. The Museum in a Container has been drawing big crowds at the Crabfest and WA Day, and you should be keeping your eyes out for its unmissable presence at the next big event.

If the Museum in a Container sounds like the kind of innovative solution you’re looking for in your next project, please email us at info@publik.net.au, call us on (08) 9434 1122 or drop by to 16 Hines Road, O’Connor.