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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.

MAGNT Darwin

19 Conacher Street

The Gardens, Darwin NT

Open daily: 10am–4pm
FREE ENTRY
 
+61 8 8999 8264
info@magnt.net.au

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

Fresh: connecting new & old art
EXHIBITION | FREE ENTRY

Until 27 June 2021

Fresh: connecting new & old art

'Fresh' explores the connections and common threads between work in MAGNT's collections.

EX!T ART: 2020 NT Year 12 Student Exhibition
EXHIBITION | FREE ENTRY

14 March – 13 June 2021

EX!T ART: 2020 NT Year 12 Student Exhibition

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

Cyclone Tracy
EXHIBITION | FREE ENTRY

Ongoing

Cyclone Tracy

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

Colin Jack-Hinton Maritime Gallery
EXHIBITION

Recently revitalised

Colin Jack-Hinton Maritime Gallery

A stunning display of traditional boats and canoes, each imparting a fascinating seafaring story intertwined with human culture from the surrounding seas.

Turtle Territory
EXHIBITION | FREE ENTRY

Now open

Turtle Territory

Beautiful images of turtles in their underwater habitat from a ‘never before seen’ perspective.

Telstra NATSIAA
VIRTUAL EXHIBITION | FREE

Ongoing

Telstra NATSIAA

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

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

Ongoing

Unruly Days: Territory life 1911 – 1921

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

Container: the box that changed the world
EXHIBITION | FREE ENTRY

8 May – 25 July 2021

Container: the box that changed the world

Step inside the box to explore six colourful containers scattered around the museum like giant Lego.

Sweetheart the crocodile
EXHIBITION | FREE ENTRY

Croc in residence

Sweetheart the crocodile

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

the moment eternal: Nyapanyapa Yunupiŋu
VIRTUAL EXHIBITION | FREE ENTRY

Onging

the moment eternal: Nyapanyapa Yunupiŋu

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

 

Getting Here

By public transport

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

By bus

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

By bicycle or foot

MAGNT is about a four kilometre ride or 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

Monday - Tuesday 10:15am – 12:15pm

A fun and creative space for kids and families offering a supervised arts and crafts activities that relate to our current exhibitions.

This COVID-Safe venue is a space for young museum enthusiasts to unleash their creativity and imagination.

Bookings are essential, and participation fees apply. Call 08 8999 8264 to book.

The Store

Open daily: 10am – 4pm

 

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

Cafe

Temporarily closed

 

 

Overlooking the scenic Arafura Sea, the 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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MAGNT acknowledges the traditional owners of country across the Northern Territory and beyond, and pays respect to Elders past, present and emerging.
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