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“Interesting Museum and Fantastic Cafe/Restaurant”

Museum & Art Gallery of the Northern Territory
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$84.52*
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Explore Darwin City Sights
Ranked #1 of 120 things to do in Darwin
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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 Cornucopia 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
Brighton and Hove, United Kingdom
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50 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Interesting Museum and Fantastic Cafe/Restaurant”
Reviewed March 14, 2013

The museum is very well laid out with some interesting exhibits, especially the exhibition on cyclone Tracey. Kids will love it too and it's free. The cafe come restaurant at the end is superb. Fantastic lunches, dinners and cakes, highly recommended.

Visited March 2013
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Port Coquitlam, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 137 helpful votes
“Wonderful Museum”
Reviewed March 14, 2013

This is a great, large free museum with informative displays, videos, heritage boats and much more. If you are going early on a Sunday you will need to get a cab there and back as the buses only start running in the afternoon.

Visited February 2013
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Canberra, Australia
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“Great eclectic groupings.”
Reviewed March 14, 2013

The art collection, especially the contemporary stuff was a superb eclectic mix. Visually satisfying. Same could be said for the museum. Considering the overall small space available they've done a fabbo job. They should take a bow. From the outside, the building is very unprepossessing, and our expectations were low. So, a great surprise on entering. So, my only complaint is to the Minister of the Arts for not funding enough for bigger quarters. It's a travesty. But, have to say, part of my expectations being low was based on my tour around the city, and, as I judge cities upon the number of public sculptures, I feared the worst, as I'd begun to think the whole place must be a cultural black hole? Darwin NEEDS more public artworks ---- NOW!!

Visited March 2013
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Darwin, Australia
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“A great range of stuff to see”
Reviewed March 12, 2013

It's well worth a look because there is a good range of things to see from Aboriginal and regional stuff, things from South East Asia (such close neighbours), Cyclone Tracy exhibit where you can actually go into a sound room and hear a recording of the noise the cyclone made - chilling!!!, some war history, natural museum stuff like birds and reptiles and other creatures, and a display of boats too. It's a diverse collection so there is something for everyone and doesn't feel like an endless trip.
The Art Gallery has a travelling exhibition that changes from time to time. It's worth a look and there is an early Jeffry Smart and a Frederick McCubbin on show. The aboriginal gallery is extensive and it is great to see authentic aboriginal works - so full of story and symbolism. And, it's all free!!!

Visited January 2013
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Cyprus
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Excellent Museum”
Reviewed March 12, 2013

This museum is well worth a visit to find out the history of Darwin especially the Cyclone Tracy but also all the creatures in Australia that you don't want to meet. The local guide was excellent and gave a very informative talk (as he was there) on Cyclone Tracy. There is something really delightful about small local museums staffed by enthusiastic and knowledgeable volunteers proud of their local heritage. This is just such a museum. Highly recommended.

Visited February 2013
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