The Berndt Museum collections and intellectual brand are fixed in rigorous research that was initiated through Ronald and Catherine Berndts' field work and are supported by the communities from which the collections are derived.

Their research model is the foundation of the Museum’s platform and is the origin for all projects including exhibitions, events and community engagement. We research to assure quality content, to share history and knowledge with communities and to collaborate on new ideas. Our acquisitions and donations are assessed on an individual basis in accordance with how they relate to the current collections and contemporary narratives. The Museum is focused on research, teaching and outreach programs that directly relate to its collections.

Berndt Museum Design Ideas Competition 2017

As a collaborative project between UWA’s Berndt Museum and School of Design, the Berndt Museum Design Idea Competition pushes for a cross-disciplinary approach in conceptualising a design and build for the future New Museum. Teams of staff members and students are encouraged to embrace challenges that may arise while submitting proposals that are innovative and effective in demonstrating clear links between country, community, museum collections and university. Please see PDF for Design BriefPlease see .docx version for Design Brief.

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Berndt Research Centre

The Museum is working to maintain its position as a centre for research and acknowledges the substantiated need for greater access to material. We are working with the Professor Ronald M Berndt and Catherine H Berndt Research Foundation to forward plan research opportunities but acknowledge the limitations set by our current resources.


The Berndt Museum is migrating to a new database in 2017. We acknowledge that the work will take some time before we see results, but we look forward to making a selection of the collections available for searching online in the near future.

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