The Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory
The Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory is situated 4 km from the city centre and houses stunning permanent collections of Aboriginal art. The Museum and Art Gallery of the N T covers many aspects of the region's art, natural sciences, history and culture.
It also houses the Northern Territory’s most famous crocodile of them all Sweetheart. An aggressive Australian saltwater crocodile died 25 years ago and is still pulling in tourists who want to see this stuffed crocodile’s remains. The 16-foot croc terrorized fishing waters off Darwin during the 1970s, and is known to have tipped fishermen from their boats on at least two occasions. In 1981, wildlife officials managed to shoot an anaesthetics dart into Sweetheart, but the doped creature became snagged on a submerged log and drowned. The crocodile's aggressive behaviour towards small fishing boats remains a mystery.
The museum is also home to a Cyclone Tracy exhibition which details the tragic events of the 1974 Christmas Eve cyclone that totally flattened the whole city of Darwin with tremendous devastation.
The museum is open everyday from 10am to 5pm. Catch the number 4 bus from the city and just ask the driver where to get off. Entry is free.