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Review of the Museum and Art Gallery services : a report to the Department of Community Development, Sport & Cultural Affairs



Review of the Museum and Art Gallery services : a report to the Department of Community Development, Sport & Cultural Affairs

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MAGNT Review December 2004 Morgan; Internal review of MAGNT. Final report March 2004


Morgan, Gary


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"This Review has looked at the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory’s outputs relative to benchmark museum and art gallery activities and outputs around Australia and relative to international trends in museum practice. This Review has also considered possible service outcomes set against three funding scenarios." - Executive summary


This review was commissioned by Risk Management Services of the Department of the Chief Minister for the Northern Territory, on behalf of the Department of Community Development, Sport and Cultural Affairs. The review was put to Tender in October 2004, with the Tender awarded in November 2004. - Introduction; Made available via the Publications (Legal Deposit) Act 2004 (NT).

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Executive summary -- Part A: Introduction - Background -- Outputs of this review. Part B: Outputs of the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory - A comparison of the MAGNT outputs in activities of collection development and management, public programs and research relative to those of other state museums and galleries - A discussion of the MAGNT outputs relative to national and international trends in museums and galleries - A consideration of the scientific focus of the MAGNT in terms of a) its management and outcomes relative to other museums and b) its contribution to Northern Territory economic activity and Government programs - A comparison of per square metre exhibition costs at the MAGNT relative to other institutions - A comparison of the acquisition budget of the MAGNT relative to other institutions. Part C: Possible budget scenarios - A discussion of three budget scenarios for the MAGNT with their consequent service outcomes. Part D: Summary of recommendations. Part E: Sources and acknowledgements. Part F: Appendices 1-8




Museums -- Northern Territory -- Public opinion; Museums -- Evaluation; Public relations -- Museums -- Northern Territory

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Northern Territory Government

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xviii, 124 pages ; 30 cm.

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Northern Territory Government



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https://hdl.handle.net/10070/458000; https://hdl.handle.net/10070/457995

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MAGNT Review December 2004 Morgan 89 Box 27. Some comparisons of two recent museum developments (one medium sized, one large) with the MAGNT Masterplan WA Maritime Museum Te Papa Museum of NZ MAGNT Masterplan Cost1 $AUS36 million c. $NZ350 million $AUS30 million (notional: c. $18 million new, $12 million refurbishment) Opened December 2002 February 1998 N/A Area (total) 5,060 sq m (all public areas) 36,000 sq m (public and back-of-house) 4,600 sq m new facilities Population2 (State, NZ, Territory) 1.93 million (2002) c. 3.7 million (1998) c. 200,000 (2004) Cost per capita $AUS18.70 $NZ94.60 $AUS150.00 Sources: 1. Published budget figures and MAGNT draft capital works plan 2. Australian Bureau of Statistics, Statistics New Zealand While comparison is valid, there are also significant environmental differences between these projects. The MAGNT is a unique cultural facility in the Northern Territory and Darwin, and is the equivalent of the state museum and art gallery. In Western Australia, there are several parts to the WA Museum, of which the Maritime Museum is just one, and in addition there is a State Art Gallery. In short, the MAGNT is equivalent to much more than the WA Maritime Museum in terms of scope and services to the people of the Northern Territory. As well, the new WA Maritime Museum is an entirely public facility; the MAGNT development would be more complex, including public facilities and back-of-house functions. In these respects, the MAGNT is more akin to Te Papa which is also a museumgallery combination, albeit at a national level (there are no equivalents to states in New Zealand). The Te Papa project delivered front-of-house and back-of-house facilities, on arguably the most spectacular site on Wellington Harbour. There are many other significant museums and galleries in New Zealand, although not funded primarily from the Government. The other cultural institutions of New Zealand are operated by local authorities with some grant support via the National Government. Nonetheless, it can still be said that the MAGNT has fewer comparable institutions in its operating environment than do either the Western Australian Museum (and Maritime Museum) or Te Papa Museum of New Zealand. In terms of the final outcome, the notional areas within the MAGNT Building Masterplan include an additional 2,300 square metres of gallery space (not including a 500 square metre new foyer). Adding this to the existing 4,900 square metres of galleries at Bullocky Point would see a total gallery area of 7,200 square metres. Referring to Box 12, this gallery area would be amongst the largest of any museum in Australia, larger even than the National Gallery and the National Museum. In