Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory

Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory

Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory
4.5
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
About
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 Saltwater 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
Duration: 1-2 hours
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  • Larda Darda
    Gippsland, Australia17 contributions
    Chilled out exhibition spaces
    We valued the variety of exhibitions on offer. We visited midweek in the wet season which meant we had a lot of space to relax and enjoy taking our time. The staff were very helpful and the cafe food was lovely.
    Visited February 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 25 February 2023
  • Chris S
    Poole, United Kingdom1,106 contributions
    Great morning visit
    Spent a lovely few hours hear. Loved the art by young people. Great fun watching the ‘Montages’ exhibition - brilliant cuts and editing. Great art upstairs and saw ‘Sweetheart’ and the boats. Nice drink and snack in the cafe at the end. Lovely staff, very helpful.
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 9 March 2023
  • Radix7
    Sydney, Australia198 contributions
    An excellent combination of art gallery and varied museum
    A must if visiting Darwin, I would say. For a smallish institution the range is remarkable: fine painting collection, natural history display, good temporary art show (the current Tracey Moffatt film collection a coup) and my favourite is the gallery of boats from the Asia- Pacific region, a display too easy to miss on a quick visit. Good cafe and sea outlook too.
    Visited March 2023
    Written 12 March 2023
  • goblin54
    Plymouth, United Kingdom243 contributions
    Excellent free visit
    A wide variety of exhibits across numerous galleries. Spent 2 hours here, but could have been longer. Free entry. Excellent art galleries, boat exhibits, natural history. Well presented & very interesting.
    Visited March 2023
    Written 13 March 2023
  • joniefitz4
    Ames, Iowa276 contributions
    Excellent and a Welcomed Air Condition Destination
    Don’t Miss This Museum! It was an included FREE expedition off the Mars Ocean ship. Free typically means, ho-hum. This was not the case earlier today. The museum is well designed and informative. The gift store is NOT to be missed!
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 2 April 2023
  • Sally B
    16 contributions
    Worth a visit and free
    A free way to get to know Darwin and the NT! The museum features Indigenous artefacts, natural history, as well an exhibition on Cyclone Tracy with audio and imagery and ‘Sweetheart’ a stuffed 5.1m croc that had a fondness for boat propellers (before his demise). It is free, staff are friendly and it is a great way to find out more about Darwin and the NT for free! The museum is well worth a visit and is located in The Gardens, a short drive from Darwin CBD.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 14 April 2023
  • Rod S
    Greater Sydney, Australia29 contributions
    Surprisingly Interesting and current
    Surprising venue, very good presentation and great content. Worth a look if you have half a day spare. The special exhibit was a big surprise with the Achie 100 and spent a lot more time in other areas of the Museum this ti thought we would.
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 1 May 2023
  • Debbie Hollinshead
    Wetherill Park, Australia44 contributions
    A Museum that had my attention
    I'm really not a museum person but this one had my attention. The birdlife, the creatures and the big saltie with all their stories were very interesting. Then there was the bombing of Darwin and Cyclone Tracey all was very good ... a bit of a tear jerker when you read everything that happened and how everyone was effected.
    Visited May 2023
    Written 19 May 2023
  • suellynhine
    Newcastle, Australia243 contributions
    A great place to visit
    More museum then art gallery, but a great place to spend a couple of hours. Especially enjoyed the exhibits 5hat are very modern and hands on. The cafe/restaurant is very nice with fantastic service and menu choices. Located in a very picturesque part of Darwin with plenty of parking
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 24 May 2023
  • Katrina Magnus
    42 contributions
    So many things to look at!
    What an amazing place! One of the best museum/ galleries in Australia. The exhibits and displays are too many to name and the quality is excellent, we went in and came out 4 hours later without any clue that we had been there that long. Unbelievably it is free although we did pay the small entry fee to see the Archibald 100 exhibit which had a free guide! The Cyclone Tracey exhibit was excellent. Although warm due to it being outside the display of different sailing vessels were amazing. The way all of the animals are preserved and displayed is excellent. A thoroughly enjoyable experience.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 28 May 2023
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Scott-Vancouver-BC
Vancouver, Canada73 contributions
Feb 2024 • Couples
Beautiful museum, amazing aboriginal art collection and other interesting displays. Free entry.. Plan to spend a couple of hours there.
Written 18 February 2024
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MarinaRon
Marina, CA361 contributions
Feb 2024 • Couples
Wow, I did not expect such a great museum. Aboriginal artwork was wonderful. Huge famous stuffed crocodile and all kinds of other animals. History of cyclone Tracy. You could easily spend a couple hours here on a rainy day. Nice to cool off on a hot, humid day. Great for kids or adults. Free! Plus a nice gift shop. Highly recommended.
Written 2 February 2024
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Ruth S
1 contribution
Dec 2023 • Friends
Love the gallery! The Telstra Awards exhibit was wonderful. Staff are really friendly and helpful.
And the gallery shop is fantastic💚
Written 6 January 2024
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Carl A
9 contributions
Dec 2023 • Couples
A modest but very good museum showcasing art, culture, history both natural and social. The place is packed with different displays so you get plenty of variety.
Written 19 December 2023
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Robert D
Brooklyn, New York2,718 contributions
Oct 2023 • Solo
This museum has many interesting exhibits on Darwin's natural and human history. I enjoyed the megafauna and the Cyclone Tracy exhibits. The highlight for me had to be the Aboriginal art. Two of the galleries featured winners of the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Awards. One gallery focused on this year's winners while another featured past winners. I was impressed by the diversity and quality of the artworks. You can spend several hours here.
Written 1 November 2023
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PaHaC1989
Vancouver, Canada49 contributions
Oct 2023 • Couples
MAGNT is an excellent museum with a variety of exhibits for all ages. Cafe and gift shop were worth visiting. Definitely the place to go on hot, humid Darwin day.
Written 8 October 2023
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Kerrie O
New South Wales, Australia128 contributions
Sept 2023 • Couples
Spent 3 hours working through the exhibits. Well presented and easy to walk around. Lovely variety of displays from Aboriginal art work; maritime boats; NT history and Cyclone Tracy. Well worth visit and cool out of 36C day outside. Nice coffee shop on site too.
Written 10 September 2023
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MadamJosephine
Melbourne, Australia1,311 contributions
Sept 2023 • Friends
Fabulous Telstra Aboriginal Art Award collection from August to February every year. This year was the best ever, amazing works in a variety of mediums. The Museum collection is also interesting, the Cyclone Tracy exhibit wonderful and the collection of boats upstairs is fascinating. Cafe on site and a great gift shop. Darwin Ski Club is across the road if you want an alternative type of meal.
Written 6 September 2023
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Norah L
8 contributions
Aug 2023 • Couples
Loved the art gallery, so many different things to see -not just paintings. There is a nice shop, and also an eatery. We did not eat there - just had a drink, but the food all looked good.
Written 13 August 2023
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patg0712
Sydney, Australia63 contributions
Jul 2023 • Couples
Excellent Museum - something for everyone - must see when in Darwin. Not really interested in indigenous art an so I'm glad it was closed.
Cyclone Tracy section was fascinating - reconstructions, artefacts and images, videos & sound recordings. They need to make it a bit bigger and suitable for more people - there was one interactive story telling console but there was only one and could only be operated by one person at a time.
Taxidermy was excellent, fresh, not raggy, mangy or rotting away - might not make the vegans happy.
Boats and historical info was excellent. They need to advertise the Cyclone Tracy section more!
Written 9 August 2023
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