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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).

Table of contents

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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Attribution International 4.0 (CC BY 4.0)

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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 21 Box 7. Northern Territory resident and tourist visitation at the MAGNT Bullocky Point for calendar years 2001-2003 2001 2002 2003 NT residents 23,218 (16.3%) 42,359 (29.0%) 42,329 (23.5%) Tourists to NT 119,226 (83.7%) 103,708 (71.0%) 137,795 (76.5%) Total 142,444 146,067 180,124 Source: MAGNT internal visitor records, Internal Review MARCH 2004 The tourist market in the Northern Territory and elsewhere has been impacted since 2001 by factors internal (eg Ansett collapse) and external (eg. 9/11 attacks in the USA, Bali bombing, the war in Iraq and the SARS epidemic). Box 8 shows the visitor numbers to the Northern Territory from late 2000 to the end of 2003. Plotted against this is the total number of visitors to the MAGNT at Bullocky Point and the number of tourist visitors for the same period, with an additional record of total visitation at end June 2004. Considering Boxes 6, 7 and 8, a number of points can be made. The increase in visitation at the MAGNT has been at a time of decreasing visitor numbers to the Northern Territory. The increase in visitation for the MAGNT has been substantial, especially in the last full year of comparison: 30% between 2002/03 and 2003/04. Even the visitation by tourists has mostly defied the overall slide in Territory visitors. Box 8. Visitor numbers to the Northern Territory and total and tourist visitation at the MAGNT Bullocky Point for 2000-2004 y-axis scale: millions for NT visitors; 100,000s for MAGNT visitors Sources: NT visitation from Northern Territory Tourism Commission website MAGNT visitation from internal MAGNT records and Internal Review March 2004 0 0.5 1 1.5 2 2.5 S ep -0 0 M ar -0 1 S ep -0 1 M ar -0 2 S ep -0 2 M ar -0 3 S ep -0 3 M ar -0 4 NT visitors MAGNT visitors MAGNT tourists