Museums, galleries, libraries, archives, art centres and keeping places play an important role in enhancing the livability of the local community and attracting tourists, which is why strategic investment in the arts and cultural sector is important for the Territory’s future.

By looking at ways to connect, enrich and share our collection of stories, artworks, artefacts, literature, and natural specimens, the Territory can achieve wider economic and visitation benefits.

The 10 Year Museums Master Plan has been informed through extensive consultation and, together with the economic, cultural and social context of the Territory, provides a guide to inform future requirements for cultural infrastructure in Darwin and also Palmerston, the fastest growing city.

Investing in cultural and heritage related infrastructure supports job creation during construction and operation, while growing the broader cultural and creative industries sector. The tourism sector, of which the cultural and creative industries are a key component, accounts for twelve percent of all employment in the Territory, and supports a range of businesses including commercial and not-for-profit creative arts businesses, institutions and museums, as well as public and commercial art galleries.

The Territory’s Indigenous heritage, unique natural environment, strong military history, and multi-cultural roots, draw tourists from around Australia and across the globe. Rejuvenating our arts and collecting institutions creates opportunities for emerging talent and industry, new interpretations and discovery, and sharing our stories with the rest of the world.

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