Darwin: Museums

Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory
The Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory provides an entertaining, diverse and educational experience for the local community and visitors to Darwin through exhibitions and events based on the region's art, history and culture and through touring exhibitions. As Cyclone Tracy plays a huge role in Darwin's history, it is no surprise to find a permanent gallery here dedicated to the tragic event. It also has an excellent collection of Aboriginal and Southeast Asian art and works by Australians.

Old Qantas Hangar
Off the beaten track but well worth a visit is the old heritage listed Qantas hangar at Parap. It stands on the site of Darwin's first civil aerodrome at Parap. Planning for a new Darwin airport had started in 1937 and by 1946 all aircraft were using the new airfield and The Dept. of Civil Aviation began using this hangar as a mechanical workshop. Later it was used by DCA for off site storage. The Hangar is now listed on the Register of the National Estate and the NT Heritage Register and owned by the Dept. of Arts and Museums.

Fannie Bay Gaol Museum
One of the Northern Territory's most important heritage sites, Fannie Bay Gaol operated as a Gaol and Labour Prison in Darwin from September 1883 until 1979. Fannie Bay Gaol Museum still houses the old gallows used for the last execution in the Northern Territory in 1952. The museum has a variety of interesting displays including the mess area, the women's section of the gaol, and a Cyclone Tracy display with outstanding photographic reference and video footage of the disaster.

Darwin Military Museum
East Point's military history goes back to 1932, the Darwin Military Museum and the gun turret precinct incorporates much of its infrastructure. Discover artefacts that chronicle Australia s involvement in international conflicts from the Boer War to the present day. Explore our vast collection of uniforms, weaponry, photographs, interviews, and propaganda pieces that tell the stories of our service men and women deployed overseas.

Darwin Aviation Museum
The Northern Territory has always played a strategic role in the aerial defence of Australia, so it is appropriate that Darwin should be home to a museum depicting the Territory's involvement in Australian aviation, both civil and military. Among its extensive collection on display is the wreckage of a Japanese Zero fighter plane, a remnant from Darwin's attack in 1942, while other exhibits include a WWII Spitfire, a B52 bomber, a Wessex helicopter and the 'Bombing of Darwin' display, retelling the events of 1942.