Perth Cultural Venues (Self Guided), Perth

Perth is the historic and cultural center of Western Australia, and has plenty of places to showcase it. This tour will lead you through the sites, both ancient and modern, where culture is presented. If you want to see, touch and feel it during a walking tour of Perth - consider the following list of cultural attractions:
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Perth Cultural Venues Map

Guide Name: Perth Cultural Venues
Guide Location: Australia » Perth (See other walking tours in Perth)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 8
Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.8 Km or 3 Miles
Author: irenebo
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Perth Concert Hall
  • Playhouse Theater
  • Allan Green Conservatory
  • Perth Convention Exhibition Center
  • King Street Arts Center
  • Alexander Library Building
  • Cinema Paradiso
  • Scitech
Perth Concert Hall

1) Perth Concert Hall

The Perth Concert Hall is a concert hall situated between St Georges Terrace and Terrace Road. The Perth Concert Hall was constructed between 1971 and 1973 on land that was originally part of the Government Domain. It was built by Sabemo (WA) Pty Ltd to a design by architects Jeffrey Howlett and Don Bailey. The building was opened in January 1973.

Since its construction, the venue has been in continuous use as a centre for musical performance, and for other events such as school and university graduation ceremonies, business conventions and civic functions. The building was designed by Howlett and Bailey Architects. Their design consisted of two buildings, one containing administrative offices and the other, oval in shape, comprising the 'town hall' or auditorium. The administration offices, called Council House, were built, however financial constraints and doubts regarding the auditorium's acoustic properties meant that construction of the auditorium building was delayed. Its design was subsequently re-considered and it was not until the late-1960s that a different plan was approved. The Perth Concert Hall is an example of brutalist architecture, with its solid opaque interior, giant projecting roof, and use of white off-form concrete. It forms a counterpoint to the transparent filigree of Council House. The auditorium features a specially commissioned 3000-pipe organ surrounded by a 160-person choir gallery and an audience seating capacity of 1,729.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Playhouse Theater

2) Playhouse Theater

The Playhouse Theatre was purpose-built for live theatre in the 1950s and remained one of the city's principle venues for performing arts for over half a century until replaced by the State Theatre Centre of Western Australia in January 2011. The theatre was constructed adjacent to St George's Cathedral on Pier Street land owned by the Anglican Church, the former site of the Church of England Deanery tennis court. The theatre was formally opened on 22 August 1956 to a capacity audience of 700, with the opening production of John Patrick’s 1953 Pulitzer Prize-winning play The Teahouse of the August Moon.

The building was designed by the local architectural firm of Sheldon & Krantz and constructed at a cost of £65,000. The main lobby contained a mural by local brutalist architect Iwan Iwanoff. The Playhouse is a traditional proscenium arch theatre with a raked auditorium, seating 427 people on two main levels (189 in stalls and 238 in the dress circle), with a 10.2 metre wide stage. The theatre also has bar and conference facilities. It has presented regular offerings of theatre and dance as well as hosting productions from the annual Perth International Arts Festival.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Allan Green Conservatory

3) Allan Green Conservatory

The Allan Green Conservatory was a pyramid shaped botanical display facility on the Esplanade Reserve in Perth. It was built in 1979 as part of the state's 150th anniversary celebrations and was designed to provide a public display of exotic tropical plants and rare palms not normally seen in Perth. It includes internal elevated pathways. It was named after William Allan McInnes Green, town clerk and chief executive officer of the City of Perth for many years. The conservatory was demolished in June 2012 as part of the Elizabeth Quay project, in which it and other heritage elements are proposed to be memorialised by signage.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Perth Convention Exhibition Center

4) Perth Convention Exhibition Center

The Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre is a public-subsidised, privately owned convention centre located on the Swan River river foreshore, close to the Perth CBD, between Mounts Bay Road and the Mitchell Freeway off-ramp. The centre contains state-of-the-art technical facilities, six exhibition pavilions, a 2,500 seat theatre, banquet/ballrooms and 23 meeting rooms.

Built by Multiplex and officially opened in August 2004 by the Hon Dr Geoff Gallop, MLA, Premier of Western Australia, its construction was extremely controversial, owing to an overblown budget and an unprepossessing external appearance. It has been described as a "Soviet-era mausoleum" and a "giant grey cockroach", as well as a white elephant whose financial viability has been questionable. However, it made it possible for Perth to host the 2011 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM), with heads of state and official delegates of more than 50 member countries.

The building is WA's only purpose-built convention centre and can cater for functions of up to 5000 delegates. The project was aimed at attracting major conventions to Perth, with the State's tourism and hospitality industries in mind. The centre has two public lifts, one travelling from the underground car park, through level one, concluding at level two; the other from level two to level three.
Sight description based on wikipedia
King Street Arts Center

5) King Street Arts Center

King Street Arts Center houses a lot of arts-related organizations, two galleries and a craft shop. There is also a cafe, meeting rooms, and office accommodation for each of the arts user groups. The center was founded to promote and to help develop the creativity of young artists.

Operation hours: Monday - Friday: 9 am - 5 pm.
Alexander Library Building

6) Alexander Library Building

The Alexander Library Building, in the Cultural Centre of Perth, houses the State Library of Western Australia, J S Battye Library and State Records Office. The sloped walkway just east of the building runs roughly along the alignment of the old Museum Street, which ran between James Street and Francis Street. The street had one of the most mixed and unique streetscapes in this area of Northbridge - which was all removed in the construction of the new library building.

Only one building is commemorated on the Alexander Library Building structure - the Perth Baptist Church which was in Museum Street from 1899 to 1979. The Theosophical Bookshop and library was long established at the corner of Museum and James Streets. The streetscape can be found in Wise's Directories for the earlier decades.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Cinema Paradiso

7) Cinema Paradiso

Cinema Paradiso is part of Luna Palace Cinemas, which are cinemas with European flavor. Paradiso shows contemporary art-house cinema, as well as some of the most famous movies from Australia and around the world. The comfortable chairs and wide, high-quality screen will make you return there more than once.

8) Scitech (must see)

Scitech is a science museum with exhibitions and different programs for visitors of all the ages, and they are constantly upgraded as technology changes. The goal of the staff here is to increase interest in science and new technologies. Scitech is always searching for new ways to attract people, and to show them that science can be interesting.

Operation hours: Monday - Friday 9:30 am - 4 pm, Saturday - Sunday 10 am - 5 pm.

Walking Tours in Perth, Australia

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Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.3 Km or 0.8 Miles
Museums and Galleries

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Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.1 Km or 1.9 Miles
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Tour Duration: 3 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.1 Km or 2.5 Miles
Top Religious Buildings

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Perth is an important historic center of Western Australia, and history is often closely associated with religion. That's why the city is full of churches which represent many religions. Don't miss a chance to visit some of the most important places of worship in Perth:

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.5 Km or 2.2 Miles
East Perth Walking Tour

East Perth Walking Tour

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Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.8 Km or 2.4 Miles