Darwin, National Treasures from Australia’s Great Libraries


dsc01366.JPGThe Museum of Art and Gallery of the Northern Territory (MAGNT) is hosting a free travelling exhibit of the Australia National Treasures drawn from the magnificent collections of Australia’s National, State and Territory libraries.

It contains a diverse range of iconic objects that tell the story of this nation’s history, folklore and identity. Manuscripts, maps, drawings, paintings and objects from the everyday to the exotic are certain to inspire, fascinate and educate visitors about the people, places and events that have shaped Australia.

Having just seen it- it is pretty cool! Death Masks, journals from cannibal convicts, Ned Kelly’s Helmet, and all kinds of facinating things kept me and the several hundred other people spell bound for the better part of an hour. The Museum is trully one of the Must Do stops in Darwin, but with this exhibit- you can’t afford to miss it. Besides, the Water Ski Club hosting it’s outdoor bar and Live Jazz is right next door with views to make a grown sailor cry.

The National Treasures from Australia’s Great Libraries will run until June 11th.

There are several other worthwhile travelling exhibits there at the moment as well. I had NO idea how affected Australia, let alone Darwin was by WWII until I saw Australia under Attack 1942-1943. Did you know Australia had a cowboy patrol that kept watch on the Northern Coast with the help of the Aboriginal people to help ward off the invading Japanese?

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