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  • Address: Conacher Street
  • Hours: Mon - Fri 9am - 5pm (opens at 10am on weekends and public holidays). Closed Jan 1, Good Friday, Dec 25 and Boxing Day
  • Admission: Free. There may be a fee for special events

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Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory

The Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory has a fine collection, but what is its most popular attraction by far? That's right - a preserved saltwater crocodile called 'Sweetheart.'

Sweetheart, a 50 year-old male, was menacing boats on the Finnis River, so he was captured by rangers. They intended to give him to a croc farm for breeding. Sadly, during the capture, the drugged crocodile drowned and could not be resuscitated. His body was given to the museum.

If you can drag yourself away from Sweetheart, there's a fine natural history collection and plenty of indigenous art. You'll also get a good grounding in the Territory's history, including Cyclone Tracy (there's a room that simulates the cyclone) and visits by Indonesian sailors back in the day. The museum looks beyond the mainland to focus on Southeast Asian and Pacific culture.  

Practical Info

The Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory is located on Bullocky Point, on Darwin Harbour and is easily accessible by bus from the city center.

Tours & Tickets

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Darwin Afternoon Sightseeing Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 48 Reviews

Discover Darwin on this 4-hour afternoon coach tour. Darwin is a unique city situated on the Arafura Sea, rich in past heritage of settlement. The ravages of ...  Read more

Location: Darwin, Australia
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $70.94

Darwin City Sightseeing Tour with Optional Sunset Cruise

3 star rating: Worth doing 4 Reviews

View the sights of Darwin on a guided city tour seeing the sights and attractions of the city. You also have the option to end the day with a sunset fish and ...  Read more

Location: Darwin, Australia
Duration: Varies

From USD $69.47

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