Museums Master Plan

The Territory Government has confirmed that the historic Old Hospital site in Darwin will be preserved for the Territory public and form the site of a major new Museum of the Northern Territory.

Consultation on the new Museum will be part of a broader consultation to develop a 10-Year Museums Master Plan for Darwin. This plan will identify and prioritise the Government’s investment into infrastructure for arts and cultural facilities in Darwin.

Local residents will also be consulted about how the new Darwin Museum and parkland will be integrated into the local community to provide vibrancy for neighbours and visitors.

It is anticipated that the new Museum will tell the Territory's story which is built on our large families of Aboriginal, Chinese, Greek and many others ancestries. This new museum will be a statement of what it means to be a Territorian.

The Territory Government will ensure that the site reflects its own history with recognition of the Stolen Generation and the Kahlin Compound, as well as the site's role as the Old Darwin Hospital and accompanying Nurses Quarters. The site also holds significance for the Larrakia people.

Work will begin on the site immediately with $50 million earmarked from 2019-20.

This is an important project that will invest in the Territory - investing in and creating jobs directly through construction and indirectly by lifting our tourism product.

It is expected that the first work will begin on stage one of this museum in the 2019-20 financial year. To meet this target a design tender is to be issued in June this year engaging design consultants to work on what this Museum of the Northern Territory should look like.

Register your interest to provide feedback on the new 10 year Darwin Museums Master Plan

Territorians can register their interest to be consulted during the consultation period by emailing MuseumsMasterPlan@nt.gov.au or calling 8999 8906.

Last updated: 11 October 2017