Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory
The Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory is one of seven linked museums in the Northern Territory and provides a wonderful one-stop dose of history and culture. It is tucked away in a tropical garden on Darwin Harbour. This museum is a must-see if you only have one day in Darwin. The museum provides an overview of the region’s history, while the gallery houses an exceptional collection of Aboriginal, Southeast Asian, and Oceanic art, as well as works by Australian painters.
The stuffed crocodile “Sweetheart,” one of the largest collected in northern Australia, is a must-see. The Natural History Room educates visitors about the ecosystem of the region, including mangroves, wetlands, and the maritime environment.
Photographs of Darwin before and after Hurricane Tracy in 1974, as well as a harrowing audio recording of the terrible cyclone, are among the highlights of the Maritime History Gallery.
One of the greatest free things to do in Darwin is to visit this superb museum and gallery, and after walking the complex, you can rest on the long verandah overlooking the water with a coffee and snack from the on-site café.