Museum & Art Gallery of the Northern Territory

Museum & Art Gallery of the Northern Territory information

Darwin , Australia
Address
Street Conacher St
Extras Fannie Bay
More information
www.magnt.nt.gov.au
Prices
admission free
Opening hours
9am-5pm Mon-Fri, 10am-5pm Sat & Sun
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Lonely Planet review

This superb museum and gallery boasts beautifully presented galleries of Top End–centric exhibits. The Aboriginal art collection is a highlight, with carvings from the Tiwi Islands, bark paintings from Arnhem Land and dot paintings from the desert.

An entire room is devoted to Cyclone Tracy , in a display that graphically illustrates life before and after the disaster. You can stand in a darkened room and listen to the whirring sound of Tracy at full throttle − a sound you won't forget in a hurry. The cavernous Maritime Gallery houses an assortment of weird and wonderful crafts from the nearby islands and Indonesia, as well as a pearling lugger and a Vietnamese refugee boat.

Pride of place among the stuffed animals undoubtedly goes to Sweetheart : a 5m-long, 780kg saltwater crocodile. It became a Top End personality after attacking several fishing dinghies on the Finniss River south of Darwin.

The museum has a good bookshop, and the Cornucopia Cafe is a great lunch spot with views over the sea.