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The Museum and Art Gallery of The Northern Territory in Darwin is the must-visit attraction if you love art, wildlife and history. Located at Bullocky Point on the coast near Fannie Bay, Museum and Art Gallery of The Northern Territory is easily accessible by car and public transport. A spacious museum with several interesting themes and whose entrance is also free. Find out more about Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory in this blog.
For the history of the museum, we have to go back a bit in time. The first bill for its construction was tabled in 1964 and the final renovation of the building was almost complete in 1974. Until Cyclone Tracy, the most violent cyclone (known to Darwin so far) threw a spanner in the works. This cyclone brought major structural damage to the building and even damaged art collections. Fortunately, after a long process, renovation could continue in 1979, after which the museum was officially opened on 10 September 1981. You can read the history and stories about this violent cyclone Tracy in one of the halls of the museum.
Aboriginal art and exhibition
Another large hall of the museum is dedicated to Aboriginal art, with various artworks created by aboriginal artists hanging on the walls. New this year is the Arnhem Land Progress Aboriginal Corporation (ALPA) photo exhibition celebrating 50 years of Yolŋu economic independence, enterprise, self-determination, culture and resourcefulness. This special exhibition was produced and created by an all-Indigenous curatorial team from the communities of Galiwin’ku, Gapuwiyak, Ramingining, Milingimbi and Minjilang – where ALPA operates today.
Nature and wildlife
Besides stories about aboriginal culture and Darwin’s history, there is also a hall all about nature and wildlife in Northern Territory. So you can see all the birds, insects, reptiles and mammals that live in northern Australia. And…there are quite a few of them. In short: an interesting and adventurous exhibition which is fun for young and old.
There is also a huge hall where many historical boats and other objects are on display, which come from different countries around the world. Admire the objects and read the stories behind them.
Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory is a museum of interest to different groups. For instance, art lovers will be thrilled to see all the aboriginal art and nature lovers will get excited to see all the wildlife that lives in Northern Territory. The museum also has a cosy café where you can have breakfast and lunch with a sea view.
More information such as opening hours can be found on the website of Museum Art Gallery of the Northern Territory