MAGNT Darwin

Set in a scenic location overlooking
Fannie Bay in Darwin, MAGNT is home to internationally renowned artistic, cultural and scientific collections and research programs.

 

Each year MAGNT presents a dynamic program of internally-developed exhibitions, carefully curated from the collection, and the best travelling exhibitions from around Australia. It is also the home of the annual Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Awards - the most significant celebration of its kind in Australia.

Please note: The Colin Jack-Hinton Maritime Gallery at MAGNT Darwin needs a clean and some maintenance to keep it looking ship-shape. It will be closed from Saturday 28 December to June 2020 for refurbishment.

MAGNT Darwin

19 Conacher Street

The Gardens, Darwin NT

Open daily: 10am–4pm
The Discovery Centre remains closed until further notice. 
+61 8 8999 8264
info@magnt.net.au

Closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year's Day and Good Friday

Unruly Days: Territory life 1911 – 1921
Unruly Days: Territory life 1911 – 1921
EXHIBITION | FREE ENTRY

Ongoing

An exhibition that richly illustrates the challenges of life in the Territory in the early 1900's.

Smoking pipes: a history of collecting
Smoking pipes: a history of collecting
EXHIBITION | FREE ENTRY

Ongoing until 13 October 2020

A collection of unique artifacts revealing fascinating tales from the NT and Southeast Asia.

Cyclone Tracy
Cyclone Tracy
EXHIBITION | FREE ENTRY

Ongoing

Learn about the day that changed the urban landscape and the lives of Darwin’s residents forever.

Therese Ritchie: burning hearts
Therese Ritchie: burning hearts
EXHIBITION | FREE ENTRY

29 November 2019 – 28 June 2020

A major survey of Therese Ritchie’s practice with a focus on her use of photomedia.

the moment eternal: Nyapanyapa Yunupiŋu
the moment eternal: Nyapanyapa Yunupiŋu
EXHIBITION | FREE ENTRY

23 May 2020 – 25 October 2020

Charting the evolution of the arts practice of an important Australian artist, Nyapanyapa Yunupiŋu.

Telstra NATSIAA
Telstra NATSIAA
EXHIBITION | FREE ENTRY

8 August 2020 – 31 January 2021

Showcasing the very best Australian Indigenous art from around the country.

EX!T ART: 2019 NT Year 12 Student Exhibition
EX!T ART: 2019 NT Year 12 Student Exhibition
EXHIBITION | FREE ENTRY

14 March – 12 July 2020

A celebration of the talents and creativity of the next generation of NT artists and designers.

Sweetheart the crocodile
Sweetheart the crocodile
EXHIBITION | FREE ENTRY

Croc in residence

Visit MAGNT's most famous resident, Sweetheart the saltwater crocodile!

 

Getting Here

CATCH A BUS

Public buses in Darwin cost $3 for 3 hours or $7 for a day trip. Using Google Maps is the simplest way to find the next bus from where you are.

Number 4 Bus

The #4 runs from Darwin Interchange and from Casuarina Interchange.

It will drop you off on Gilruth Ave, a 10 minute walk from the museum.

Number 6 Bus

The Number 6 bus departs from the city regularly and will take you directly to the MAGNT entrance.

CATCH A TAXI

Catch a taxi or use a ridesharing app such as Oscar or Uber.

Ask one of our friendly Visitor Experience Officers to help you to book your onward journey.

Blue Taxi

Radio Taxis

TAKE A WALK

MAGNT is about a four kilometre walk from the Darwin city centre; it is best to avoid walking during the heat of the day. Ensure you carry water, wear a hat and use sunscreen. 

While You're Here

Discovery Centre

Currently closed in response to COVID-19

A fun and creative space for kids and families. Drop in daily for free art, craft and science activities that relate to our current exhibitions.

The Store

Open daily: 10am–3pm

 

Visit The Store at the Museum for quality souvenirs, local arts and jewellery. Find books on Northern Territory history and culture, Aboriginal art, Australian children's books and learning kits for curious young minds.

P: (08) 8942 3334

Saltwater Cafe

Temporarily closed

 

Overlooking the scenic Arafura Sea, Saltwater Cafe features a delicious menu and a focus on local Darwin produce. Dine in the air conditioned cafe or outside on the veranda terrace.

MAGNT History

MAGNT was founded in 1966, with the introduction of a Bill into the Legislative Council of the Northern Territory. Dr Colin Jack-Hinton was appointed the MAGNT's first director, taking up the position in 1970.

It was first housed in the renovated old Town Hall (originally known as the Palmerston Town Hall) in Darwin’s central business district

 

But on that fateful evening, Christmas Eve 1974, Cyclone Tracy hit Darwin, destroying the old Town Hall and damaging much of the MAGNT collection. 

 

For the next few years both the staff and collection were housed in multiple buildings around Darwin, coming together for lunchtime lectures in the ruins of the Old Town Hall.

After deliberation, approval was finally granted for the construction of a new purpose-built museum and art gallery at Bullocky Point, on the site of the old Vestey's Meatworks. It was opened on the 10 September 1981.

 

Over the last few decades, MAGNT has grown to include six sites across Darwin and Alice Springs. MAGNT became an independent statutory body on 1 July 2014.

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Contact

Museum and Art Gallery
of the Northern Territory

GPO Box 4646,
Darwin NT 0801

+61 8 8999 8264

info@magnt.net.au
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