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Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Boy, what a collection and isn't it well curated! In one gallery, a collection of works ranging from indigenous art, through photography and even film, celebrated the relationship between the moon and earth. So many different angles and ideas and such quality in the artworks.

Upstairs, the finalists in the Telstra National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art Awards were of staggering quality and every turn provided new treasures. Amazingly talented people.

In the museum galleries, there was such a diverse range of exhibitions. The gun exhibition is about Cyclone Tracy, which all but destroyed Darwin on Christmas Eve, 1974. Stories, pictures and powerful video images shot by the ABC by their on the spot reporter on Christmas Day. There were excerpts from Major General Alan Stretton's diary, the man placed in charge of recovery operations by Prime Minister Gough Whitlam and even a database of people evacuated from Darwin in the weeks after the cyclone. It was all very powerful but the part of the exhibition which shook you to the core was just a small room with two entry points. A small, lightless room, filled with the actual recorded sounds of Tracy as she ripped Darwin apart. Standing there in the dark, the hand in front of your face invisible and the screams of the wind and crashing of timber and corrugated iron the only sensory input ...it was unnerving.

This is very clever curation.

An exhibition of the early Territorians paints a picture of rugged individuals who took on hardships as though they were a new shirt.

Natural history at MAGNT is an immersion in taxidermy and so many different ways of making animals interesting, especially for children. A long rising ramp of glass cases of birds and reptiles and shells and butterflies captured to attention and sparked the excitement of a succession of children as they climbed it. At the top of the ramp is Sweetheart, another triumph for taxidermy. Formerly a 5.1 metre, 760kg estuarine crocodile who terrorised fishermen in the Finniss River system fifty km from Darwin, by attacking their boats and chewing on the propellers of their outboard motors. Between 1974 and 1979, the activities of this alpha male became known across the world. Parks and Wildlife contracted two crocodile hunters to capture Sweetheart but he died after being anaesthetised.

There is a fabulous cafe which overlooks the water, with a good range of food choices and which serves a very good cup of coffee.

Entry to this amazing facility is free. Can you believe it?

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank PeterLangston
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I was surprised by how much I enjoyed the MAGNT. I had definitely wanted to visit and after having done a Kakadu tour where our guide Norm also works at the Museum it came highly recommended to everyone. I wasn't disappointed, I just wish I had allowed more time or not left it to my last day. The Between the Moon and the Stars was fantastic reading the relevance of them both to different cultures. There was also a lot of Aboriginal art here and it was fascinating reading the different dreamtime stories - along with this it showed pop culture references as well as a short film how the moon influences nature... Cyclone Tracy display really highlighted the devastation that it had on the city and whilst having heard about it I don't think I really understood until this exhibition. There was also a Telstra NATSIAA exhibition which was showcasing a lot of indigenous art which was really great. Not to forget Sweetheart the Croc and reading about his story... I spent around 4 1/2 hours there and had to gloss over some of the "animal" displays etc and concentrate on the more unique exhibitions that I couldn't see elsewhere. Definitely recommend stopping in but you might be surprised by how much time you can actually spend there.

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank TraceyC4
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Fantastic art gallery and museum. The Cyclone Tracey information was incredible to see and read about.
Also, it is free, so its a great outing.

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank Kezzas999
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Very interesting covering the animals and artworks of the area, coffee shop available is you wish. Good parking available.

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank Lynette E
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Another traveller recommended we visit here for the Cyclone Tracey display, which was well worth the visit, the museum has done alot to display all fauna and flora found in the area

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank maw334
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