Northern Territory GiovernmentDefence of Darwin Experience

Governance

The Defence of Darwin Experience is managed by the Darwin Military Museum on behalf of the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory.

The Darwin Military Museum was founded in the mid 1960s by Lieutenant Colonel Jack Haydon and members of the Northern Territory branch of the Royal Australian Artillery Association (RAAA).

The RAAA, through its numerous contacts, soon started acccumulating military memorabilia from all over the Territory.  Over the years several notable local collectors have also contributed greatly to the museum's exhibits.

The Darwin Military Museum is housed in the original concrete command post bunker used by the army to command the two massive 9.2 inch gun emplacements nearby.  One of the gun emplacements is located within the boundaries of the Museum and visitors are able to experience the size and power of the emplacement first hand.  The bunker is fully air-conditioned and displays a fascinating array of weaponry and equipment used by the miltary across a number of theatres of war.  Photographs and archival material help to tell the many stories of the military in Darwin and the Northern Territory.

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Visitors looking at the exhibitions in the Command Post, Darwin Military Museum
Visitors looking at the exhibitions in the Command Post, Darwin Military Museum
Kids enjoy climbing to the top of the 9.2 inch gun emplacement in the grounds of the Darwin Military Museum
Kids enjoy climbing to the top of the 9.2 inch gun emplacement in the grounds of the Darwin Military Museum