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First step towards the New Museum of the Northern Territory

The Territory Labor Government’s vision to transform the Old Darwin Hospital site into a major new museum has taken a significant step forward with the release of the design tender today.

The Territory Labor Government is investing $50 million into a Museum at Myilly Point that will create hundreds of jobs through construction, and by supporting the tourism sector. It will attract visitors from around the nation and internationally, providing a boost to the NT economy.

“An important part of this concept design process will involve engaging with Territorians in determining the final shape of the museum,” Tourism and Culture Minister Lauren Moss said.

“For the first time Territorians will have a museum that tells the 50,000 year old history of Darwin – from the world's oldest continuous culture through to the frontline of WWII and the modern day. We want Territorians to be a part of this process.

“The NT Government is outlaying $50 million for work to get underway in this term of Government. The museum is one part of the NT Government’s investment in the Darwin CBD, helping to transform our city centre into a world-class tourist and cultural destination. Overhauling our State Square and bringing university student accommodation into the CBD are the other components of our overall $100 million plans to invigorate our capital.

“This tender signals a significant step forward for the Museum of the Northern Territory.

“The museum will be a landmark building for Darwin and the Northern Territory, creating a building for the future that celebrates our unique history and culture.

“The new building concept will incorporate heat mitigation technologies and greening and energy efficient design both internal and external, connecting the building to the landscape.  A key requirement for the successful tenderer is for open space and a net increase of green space.”

Stage one works of the new museum are anticipated to begin in the 2019-20 financial year. 

Ms Moss said the Territory Government is engaging a consultant to prepare a concept design for the new museum based on extensive public consultation and stakeholder input.

The consultant will work with local residents on how the new Darwin Museum and parkland should best contribute to a vibrant local community.

This consultation will run in parallel with the 10-year Museum Master Plan consultation which will get underway in the coming weeks. 

The 10-year Museum Master Plan will provide a framework and direction for the Northern Territory’s investment in cultural infrastructure in Darwin and Palmerston, including museums, galleries, libraries, art centres and keeping places.

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