Northern Territory gives its museums a cooler feel

Published on : Thursday, December 17, 2015

(MAGNT)The NT Government is replacing the air-conditioning system at the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory (MAGNT).

Starting in 2016, this $5.3 million project is part of the government’s wider strategy for upgrading the facility. It will be managed in four stages over five years and work is expected to be completed by 2019.

“The new system will allow for precise control over humidity and temperature, ensuring that the MAGNT can preserve its collection into the future,” Arts and Museums Minister Gary Higgins said.

“It will keep MAGNT in line within the standards required to attract touring exhibitions from interstate and international institutions. Doing so creates an exciting, diverse and evolving experience for the community.

“Given that the existing system is reaching the end of its operational life, this replacement will reduce increasingly-expensive repair costs. It also ensures that the facility remains a healthy and comfortable environment for visitors and staff.”

MAGNT director Marcus Schutenko said: “The Northern Territory Government’s investment in MAGNT’s facilities at Bullocky Point will not only save significant expense over time, but will improve the visitor experience by creating a more pleasant climate, and most importantly, will significantly enhance MAGNT’s capacity to care for and preserve our collections for future generations.”

The MAGNT and government will coordinate closely with the local community to minimise disruption during the upgrade.

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