The stories about how museums collect objects are just as interesting as the objects themselves. Smoking Pipes: a history in collecting showcases the diverse range of pipes that have been acquired from over fifty years.

Smoking Pipes shares the centuries of Indigenous histories with Macassan traders and the arrival of the British. The exhibition also takes you on a journey to the highlands of Papua New Guinea, to the early missionary days on Groote Eylandt, and to the arrival of asylum seekers in the 1990s through the treasure trove of pipes. Each unique object, carved and decorated to reflect its owners resources and style, hints at our unique position in space and time.


4 October 2020

Smoking Pipes: a history in collecting

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

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


Museum and Art Gallery
of the Northern Territory

GPO Box 4646,
Darwin NT 0801

+61 8 8999 8264
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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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