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.

The new Museum will improve representation of the Territory by telling the stories through building design that showcase the historical and cultural exhibits.

The old Hospital site will be preserved for the Territory public to showcase our continuous history from the world’s most ancient culture, through to the European pioneers, the Territory’s pastoral history and frontline role in WWII.

The Territory Government will ensure 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.

This will be a landmark building for Darwin and the Northern Territory, creating a building for the future that celebrates our 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.

It is expected that the first work will begin on Stage One of this museum in the 2019-20 financial year.

The new Museum of the Northern Territory will match the community’s expectations and achieve the highest standard possible for a contemporary museum.

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

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

The Museum of the Northern Territory is part of the Darwin City Deal initiative. This is a joint project between the Northern Territory Government, the City of Darwin and Charles Darwin University to design a 10-year plan for the Darwin city centre that sets a long term and sustainable vision for the future. To find our more or to watch the Darwin CBD Flythrough Concept visit