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The Maumee Art Museum is located in the heart of the Northern Territories’ Northern Territory capital city of Darwin, but has been a long-running attraction since it opened in 1963.
Its opening has been delayed since it had to re-build it’s grounds after being flooded in 2017, but it is expected to open next month.
It will open to visitors on October 16, 2018, and includes a museum, exhibition space and a children’s play area.
The exhibition space, which was originally planned for around 50 years, is now expected to hold around 300 exhibitions and features works from the Maume and other local artists.
The museum is located next door to the Northern Territorians National Museum of Aboriginal Art, which is the second oldest museum in the Territory.
The NT Government also hopes to attract more tourists by offering visitors an opportunity to take part in an outdoor art installation.
A $1.8 million project is currently underway to help pay for the project.
Museum manager Ian Smith said the Maumsa Art Museum was the first museum in NT to be open to non-Indigenous visitors.
“It’s very exciting for us to be able to open it to the wider community,” he said.
“It brings to light what the community has always thought about and what they are proud of about the Northern territories.”
Mr Smith said there were many things about the museum that were unique.
He said the museum was well placed to cater for a variety of audiences and visitors, from children to adults.
While the museum is a part of the NT’s tourism infrastructure, it was not part of a wider tourism plan.
Mr Smith also said the art exhibits, such as sculptures and paintings, were all hand-crafted and had a distinct style.
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