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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 20 However the MAGNT site is not easily accessed as part of passing trade. The site is some distance (2-3 kilometres) from the CBD and walking from the city, while possible, is not an appealing prospect in the wet season and quite a significant hike even in the more equable dry season. The coastal walking/biking trail is the most pleasant approach and offers the best opportunities for the enhanced interpretive experiences noted above. These could be further expanded by partnership with the nearby Botanic Gardens which is to undergo significant revitalisation in the future (George Brown Darwin Botanic Gardens Masterplan, 2004). Being some distance from the CBD, the MAGNT must be a destination, one that people commit to visiting, rather than one visited by chance in passing. In this, it differs from more centrally placed facilities. For example, the Art Gallery of NSW in Sydneys Domain gets a significant percentage of its one million annual visitors from city shoppers and office workers visiting in their lunch breaks (AGNSW, pers. comm.) The MAGNT cannot easily avail of that type of visitation. Given the distance of the site from the city, it is essential that good car parking exists adjacent to the facilities. The Internal Review of March 2004 discussed issues of car and coach parking at some length. There are also risk management issues regarding safe pedestrian access via the car park. This will need to be considered as a matter of visitor convenience and safety that should be addressed as part of the site masterplan. Public bus services set down on East Point Road 500 metres from the MAGNT main entry. 3.3.3 Visitation Box 6 records the visitation to the Bullocky Point site for 2000 to 2004. Box 6. Visitation to the MAGNT Bullocky Point for years 2000-2004 with percentage increases between years 2000/01 2001/02 2002/03 2003/04 139,041 140,431 (+ 9%) 162,769 (+ 15%) 210,787 (+ 30%) Source: MAGNT internal visitor records The 2000-2003 numbers are discussed in the Internal Review March 2004, but certain points are worth reiterating and some additional comments are warranted. Firstly, the growth in visitation over this period has been significant, notably in a time of stagnant population growth in the Territory and decreasing tourist visitation for much of this period. Data from Exit Surveys indicate the percentage of tourists as part of the MAGNT visitation. Those data are presented in some detail in the Internal Review March 2004 and are summarised and reformatted in Box 7 below, for calendar years.