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“Great taste of the NT”

Museum & Art Gallery of the Northern Territory
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Darwin Shore Excursion: Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour
Ranked #5 of 128 things to do in Darwin
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: The Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory (MAGNT) is the NT's premier cultural institution. Enjoy permanent exhibition highlights such as Cyclone Tracy, Natural History and Sweetheart, a famous croc as well as exciting temporary exhibitions. Enjoy a meal at the picturesque Cornucopia cafe overlooking the sea or purchase a book or gift at the Store at the Museum. Entry is free. MAGNT runs an engaging series of talks, public programs, workshops and school holiday programs. Check out the website for details
Reviewed 14 February 2018

The Darwin museum is a small, but great attraction up in Darwin, a wonderful way to quickly absorb a lot about the region, its history and what makes it special.

When we lived in Darwin the museum was a regular family visit location. There is something for everyone here. Our kids used to love the children's room, the animal displays and the turtles in the pond outside. For ourselves we loved the great collection of aboriginal art from the region and whatever exhibition happened to be in town. For visitors to Darwin we would send them straight to the Cyclone Tracey exhibit, which gives a powerful and slightly chilling look into the devastating effect that the cyclone had on Darwin. The maritime museum part is a bit small, but even that is well done for those interested in the subject matter. Sometimes it was just a great place to come and spend a bit of time in air-conditioning.

Combine a visit with a coffee or lunch at the attached restaurant and you have a very nice day trip.

Plus did I mention it is free.

Thank Derek C
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Reviewed 9 February 2018 via mobile

Thank you Darwin for allowing us to visit this marvellous venue, free! Once again the Darwin locals, impressive with their generous nature had given us the good oil and we found ourselves on the number 6 bus for $3 heading to the Museum & Art Gallery. Entry is free and the $2 coin for locker use is refunded on departure! All exhibits were interesting but the stories of the indigenous artists through their surviving family was very special. The cinematography was truly beautiful.

Thank M1885OVmargarets
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Reviewed 8 February 2018 via mobile

This Museum has a beachside setting and many unique exhibits, including fantastic Indigenous artworks, Indonesian fishing vessels and local flora and fauna (the famous croc exhibit ‘Sweet Heart’ is a must see). Have a coffee and cake or lunch on the deck afterwards or wander over to the Ski Club for a refreshing ale and watch the sun set.

Thank jane d
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Reviewed 6 February 2018 via mobile

Visited this place on Sunday very helpful friendly staff , excellent indigenous section as well as history of the town & resilient people , displays of wildlife & creatures that also come from this area , I really enjoyed The Frank Gohier Exhibition a local Artist from Darwin , watch his story you ll enjoy it . Allow at least 2 hours for the whole gallery

Thank Peter R
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Reviewed 5 February 2018

This was better than expected. Details of the Christmas cyclone that flattened Darwin in the seventies amongst other interesting stuff.

Thank freddielola
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