Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory

One of your kids rummages through objects on a touch trolley, attempting to sort out animal bones and reconstruct dolphin and dugong skeletons. Another one finds books to read, and a picture to colour in, and brings them over to share with you on the couch. A flock of stuffed magpie geese flies overhead and live fish swim around an aquarium. For a while you all relax, enjoying the Discovery Centre for Kids, and then you set off to explore the rest of the museum together.

Contact details

Conacher St, Bullocky Point; (08) 8999 8264

Price range

FREE

Don't Miss

■ The stuffed 5.1-metre crocodile called Sweetheart, infamous in the 1970s for attacking fishing boats.

■ The megafauna bones – these come from large extinct animals that lived after the dinosaurs.
 
■ The cyclone Tracy exhibit. The display includes a darkened room, film footage, photos, and reconstructions of houses before and after the cyclone.
 
■ The stories behind the boats in the maritime display. Read the panels and find the boat used by headhunters! Look for the little Indonesian dugout canoe that was blown off course en route to a nearby island – it drifted 330 kilometres to Darwin with six adults and four children on board.

Fabulous Facts

Cyclone Tracy was Australia’s worst natural disaster. As it approached Darwin on Christmas Eve 1974, the citizens had no idea of what they were about to experience. It struck late at night, destroying virtually every building and killing dozens of people. It was several hours before the rest of Australia, and the world, learnt of the disaster, as all forms of communication were wiped out.

Insider Tips

■ Bags and drink bottles must be left in a locker and you’ll need a $2 coin (refundable) to use it.

■ The Cornucopia Museum Cafe is a popular place for locals to brunch and lunch. Daily specials feature local ingredients such as barramundi, mango and dragon fruits. You can join the locals in the cafe or bring a picnic to eat in the landscaped grounds.
 
■ The cyclone Tracy display includes a pitch-dark room with a loud recording of the real cyclone that might be distressing for small children.
 
■ When you arrive, check whether there are any special talks of interest.
 
■ The gallery displaying Australia’s deadliest native creatures – including the box jellyfish and redback spider – may make some kids a bit nervous!
 
■ Parking is free.

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