We are inspired by the following world leading museums – some are social change museums like us, others are purely focused on acting as a cultural testimony to the past.

Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History

The Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History is all about being open, turning the museum into a place where you can actively participate, connect with culture and therefore connect deeply with each other. We see the MAH as one of the global masters of creating meaningful, participatory culture and we look to this institution as a guide for how to design participation into the bones of the MFTWA.


Te Papa

Te Papa is New Zealand's National Museum and is renowned for being bicultural, scholarly, innovative, and fun. This is exactly the kind of combination of characters that the Museum of Freedom and Tolerance WA aim to operate with as our foundation. Te Papa is one of the world's leading examples of how fun and scholarship can coexist in a museum setting, and the MFTWA looks to Te Papa as a guide on how to develop the entity with this in mind.

Empathy Museum

The Empathy Museum is a museum in London, UK. It's an "experiential adventure space for stepping into the shoes of other people and looking at the world through their eyes. It will be an international travelling exhibition – starting out in London – and will exist online too. The Empathy Museum is dedicated to developing the skill of empathising and creating a global revolution of human relationships."

The work of The Empathy Museum is cutting edge and we hold them as inspiration for our work.

Yad Vashem

Yad Vashem is the world centre for Holocaust research, and is located in Israel. Established in 1953 as the global leader in documentation, research, education and commemoration of the Holocaust, Yad Vashem is today a dynamic and vital place of intergenerational and international encounter. Yad Vashem aims to safeguard the memory of the past and impart meaning from the Holocaust for future generations.

As MFTWA enters the important design phase, Yad Vashem’s sharing of knowledge is vital to the success of storytelling at the MFTWA. We are proud to have formalised a Memorandum of Understanding with Yad Vashem.

Western Australian Museum

As the state museum for WA, WAM has been making the state’s natural and social heritage accessible and engaging through research, exhibitions and public programs for over 120 years. WAM is currently undertaking an enormous regeneration program under which a new facility will be developed with a $480million budget.

While MFTWA is an independent organisation it has been an important step in the development of the museum to create a relationship with WAM, and we appreciate the support of the WA Museum as the MFTWA continues to progress.

Museum of Tolerance Los Angeles

The Museum of Tolerance (MOT) is the educational arm of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, an internationally renowned Jewish human rights organisation, in Los Angeles. The MOT has been operating since 1993 and is dedicated to challenging visitors to understand the Holocaust in both historic and contemporary contexts and confront all forms of prejudice and discrimination in our world today.

MFTWA is based on the MOT concept and the museum has been a great support to the MFTWA. We continue to work together under a Memorandum of Understanding and foresee a long lasting collaborative partnership with MOT.

The MFTWA is a member of the following industry bodies

International Council of Museums Australia

The International Council of Museums is a global network of museum and heritage professionals committed to the world’s natural and cultural heritage. It represents the international interests of member museums and museum professionals across Australia and the world.

ICOM Australia is committed to promoting an Australian perspective on the conservation, continuity and communication to society of the world’s diverse natural and cultural heritage, present and future, tangible and intangible.

Federation of International Human Rights Museums

FIHRM encourages museums which engage with sensitive and controversial human rights themes, such as transatlantic slavery, the Holocaust and other instances of genocide, and the plight of many indigenous peoples, to work together and share new thinking and initiatives in a supportive environment.

The ethos underpinning the FIHRM initiative is that all types of museums within these fields of work, regardless of size or resources, share similar challenges in dealing with difficult, politically-loaded, and controversial subjects. FIHRM is about sharing, working together, learning from each other, and encouraging each other; it is also about being active – looking at the ways our museums can challenge contemporary racism, discrimination and other human rights abuses. We believe that these issues are best confronted collectively rather than individually.