Museum & Art Gallery of the Northern Territory

Location: 19 Conacher Street, Bullocky Point, Darwin NT 0820
Phone: 8 8999 8264

Set in a tropical garden on Darwin Harbour at Bullocky Point is the Northern Territory's premier cultural institution - the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory (MAGNT). The MAGNT collections place the region's art, history and culture, and natural history in an Australian and international context through research, interpretation and collection development.

These collections encompass Aboriginal art and material culture, visual arts, craft, Southeast Asian and Oceanic art and material culture, maritime archaeology, Northern Territory history and natural sciences. The MAGNT complex consists of five major permanent galleries, a touring gallery, educational facilities for school groups, a theatre, the Museum Shop and the Cornucopia Museum Cafe. All contribute to providing an entertaining, diverse and educational experience for the local community and visitors to Darwin.

Hours: Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm. Weekends and Public Holidays 10am to 5pm. Closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Years Day and Good Friday. Admission free.



A prominent event on the MAGNT exhibition program is the annual Telstra National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art Award. Established in 1984 by the MAGNT specifically for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists, the Award sponsored by Telstra attracts entries from the NT and interstate and is renowned for presenting diversity and innovation in contemporary Aboriginal art.

The MAGNT also presents a yearly exhibition program and tours exhibitions within the NT, nationally and internationally. This comprehensive program is developed by incorporating touring exhibitions from other museums and art galleries as well as MAGNT initiated exhibitions, which from time to time feature Territory artists.

Admission to the Museum is free or a Gold Coin Donation if you wish..
Permanent exhibitions are: Indigenous art and culture, Cyclone Tracy, maritime archaeology, visual arts, craft, Southeast Asian art and material culture.

All add to providing an entertaining, diverse and educational experience for the local community and visitors to Darwin.

Getting there: Public Bus Services (No. 4 & 6) Open 9am - 5pm - Monday - Friday 10am 5pm - Weekends & Public Holidays Closed Good Friday, Christmas Day, Boxing Day & New Years Day.



2017 Exhibition program Until 13 August Hot! Highlights from the MAGNT art collection Hot! brings together paintings, works on paper, photography, ceramics and glass by some of Australia’s hottest artists, past and present. Comprising 48 works from the permanent collection of the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, the exhibition showcases the depth and breadth of the Australian art collection. The art collection was established by MAGNT’s inaugural director Colin Jack-Hinton whose vision was to create a nationally significant representation of the work of major artists. To this end he acquired through purchase and donation works by artists such as Tom Roberts, Frederick McCubbin, Arthur Streeton, Arthur Boyd, Ethel Carrick, Sidney Nolan, Russell Drysdale, John Olsen, John Brack, Charles Blackman and Brett Whiteley amongst others. This substantial legacy has been built upon over the years and today the Australian art collection includes an impressive range of work by many of the heavy weights of the Australian art scene. Hot! provides an exciting survey of Australian art practice over a 120 year period. A MAGNT exhibition. Curated by Wendy Garden, Curator of Australian Art Until 19 March Country and Western: landscape reimagined Country & Western: landscape re-imagined 1988-2013 is a comprehensive landscape exhibition that aims to bring into focus the contrasting insights and cultural imperatives, both indigenous (country) and non- indigenous (western), that have given shape and substance to our evolving attitudes and perceptions of the national landscape over the past 25 years. Artists- Tate Adams, Paddy Bedford, Jason Benjamin, Jo Bertini, Elisabeth Cummings, Shane Fitzgerald, Angelina George, John Gollings, Julie Harris, Gertie Huddleston, Tim Johnson, Emily Kame Kngwarreye, Joanna Logue, Euan Macleod, Mandy Martin, Claudine Marzik, Ricky Maynard, Ron McBurnie, Noel McKenna, Andrew Merry, Tracey Moffatt, Idris Murphy, Angus Nivison, J


The Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory has hosted the National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art Awards (NATSIAA) since 1984. The aim is to recognise the important contribution made by Indigenous artists from regional and urban areas throughout Australia, working in both traditional and contemporary media. It is an important showcase for both established and emerging artists and has come to be regarded as one of the premier national events in the Australian Indigenous art calendar. The 2017 Awards ceremony will be held on Friday 11 August. ? CATEGORIES All awards are non acquisitive. The Telstra Art Award of $50,000 is awarded to the work considered by judges to be the most outstanding work across all categories. The Telstra Emerging Artist Award of $5,000 is awarded from any category to an artist working within their first five years of practice who has not exhibited in a major institution. Prizes of $5,000 each are awarded in each of the following categories: Telstra Bark Painting Award Telstra General Painting Award Telstra Works on Paper Award Wandjuk Marika Memorial Three-Dimensional Award (sponsored by Telstra) Telstra Multimedia Award