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Corporate entry Museum and Art Gallery Northern Territory (1966 - )

Northern Territory, Australia
Alternative Names
  • MAGNT (Acronym)
  • Northern Territory Museum of Arts and Sciences (Former name, 1981 - 1993)


The Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory (MAGNT) was first established in 1966, and appointed its first director, Dr. Colin Jack-Hinton, in 1970. Multiple museums and heritage listed sites in the Northern Territory fall under the domain of MAGNT. In Darwin MAGNT operates the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory at Bullocky Point, Fannie Bay Gaol, Lyons Cottage, and Defence of Darwin. MAGNT also manages the Museum of Central Australia and the Strehlow Research Centre in Alice Springs and the Alcoota Scientific Reserve in Central Australia. The diverse focus of MAGNT ranges from socio-cultural to natural history, from planetology at the Alcoota Scientific Reserve to Cultural and Social History through the Fannie Bay Gaol and Lyons Cottage.


Between 1981 and 1993 MAGNT was known as the Northern Territory Museum of Arts and Sciences, for a brief period MAGNT was also part of the Department of Arts and Museums (1997 - 2014), during this time its status as a statutory authority was revoked.

Published resources



  • Manzie, Daryl, Hon. Daryl Manzie MLA Minister for Arts and Museums Ministerial Statement Department of Arts and Museums Parliamentary Sittings February 1998, Ministerial Statement, Northern Territory Government, 24 February 1998. Also available at Details

Elizabeth Daniels