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Tasmanian Museum & Art Gallery – TMAG

Australia's second oldest musuem

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The Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery (TMAG) is one of the best places to go when visiting Tasmania with exceptional collections and wonderful exhibitions. It is housed in some of the oldest buildings in the state and is the second oldest museum in Australia. It has a rare and unique collection with some objects originating from the country’s oldest scientific society, the Royal Society of Tasmania, which was established in 1843.

TMAG, as locals affectionately know it, is a well-loved state museum that visitors of all ages and interests will enjoy. It has extensive collections and displays including natural history, social history, geology, zoology and maritime history. It is also responsible for the development, maintenance and management of the botanical collections of Tasmania through the Tasmanian Herbarium. The museum is also unique in that it houses an extensive collection of Tasmanian colonial and contemporary art as well as a decorative arts, photography and design.

Our land: parrawa, parrawa! Go away! is a permanent exhibition on level 2 of the Bond Store Galleries and is a powerful and immersive journey telling the story of the Aboriginal people and the colonists following the invasion of lutruwita, now called Tasmania, focusing on the Black War. During your visit, be sure to visit the newly-refreshed ningina tunapri Tasmanian Aboriginal gallery which explores the journey of Tasmanian Aboriginal people and is a celebration of all Tasmanian Aboriginal generations.

The museum also invites you to journey south from Hobart across the oceans to the frozen continent of Antarctica through its Islands to Ice permanent exhibition. It explores The Power of Change and the social and political changes in twentieth century Tasmanian life that influenced national and international conversations. Moreover, you can gain a better perspective on the history of The Thylacine: Skinned, Stuffed, Pickled and Persecuted and be reminded how easily a species like the Tasmanian Tiger can be lost.

Families are at the heart of the museum with visitor experiences and exhibitions created to offer inspiration to children and adults. There are a range of hands-on programs and resources to allow families to explore the museum and art galleries at their own pace and in a way that best suits their group. Best of all, the museum is free to all so you can visit as many times as you like.

TMAG also has a fully licensed Courtyard Cafe for refreshment and recuperation and an award-winning Museum Shop offering a range of books, gifts and artisan objects, which highlight the museum’s collections and heritage.

Click on the ‘What’s on’ tab above to find out more about exhibitions and events currently on at the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery.

Artists
Image of Philip Wolfhagen's painting, 'New Exaltation Concept No.8'.
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Philip Wolfhagen

Visual artists

One of Australia’s leading contemporary landscape painters, inspired by the emotive qualities of light and weather and the atmosph…
Image of Pat Brassington's photo, 'Madeleines'.
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Pat Brassington

Visual artists

Australia’s most highly respected and influential photomedia artist creating surreal imagery that blurs the boundaries of reality…
Image of Patrick Hall's sculpture 'When they lay me down'.
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Patrick Hall

Designers, Visual artists

Brings together the disparate art genres of poetry, cabinetry, sculpture, lighting and sound recording
Artwork at Despard Gallery
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Wayne Brookes

Visual artists

Wayne's work stitches stories about fascination, objects of desire, intrigue and absurdity with a surgical precision.
Craig and trees
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Lisa Garland

Visual artists

Image of Megan Walch's painting "The Rough Guide: Glossary"
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Megan Walch

Visual artists

developing a theory of plasticity in relation to her painting.
I fell in despair - eiffel
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Tom Samek

Visual artists


What’s on
Image from Our Living Land exhibition at TMAG
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Our living land

Exhibitions

Ongoing

Dunn Place, Hobart

Encountering an upside down world
Image of ningina tunapri Tasmanian Aboriginal Gallery at TMAG
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ningina tunapri

Exhibitions

Ongoing

Dunn Place, Hobart

A celebration of Tasmanian Aboriginal people

Past events

luna tunapri, Collecting shells, Bruny Island
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kanalaritja: An Unbroken String

Exhibitions

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Dunn Place, Hobart

The teachings of luna tunapri (women’s knowledge) manifest in a form that is exquisite, delicate, historic and rare.
After the Deluge I
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Full Void

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Dunn Place, Hobart

The Tempest
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The Tempest

Theatre + dance

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Dunn Place, Hobart

staged by Blue Cow at the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery
Storm Chasers - Quinn Griggs and Jeff Michel
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Storm Chasers

Theatre + dance

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Dunn Place, Hobart

Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery
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Opening night at the museum

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Dunn Place, Hobart

Celebrate the opening of the Tempest exhibition at TMAG
weather #4 C Type photograph
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Tempest

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Dunn Place, Hobart

Still from Your Name is Death, George Town Council
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Make Your Mark: Death

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Dunn Place, Hobart

Ephemeral art created by young people from around Tasmania
Pattern Play
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Pattern Play

Exhibitions

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Dunn Place, Hobart

An interactive family exhibition celebrating the wonderful world of patterns
View of the country round Hobart Town in Van Diemen's Land
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Panoramic Views

Exhibitions

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Dunn Place, Hobart

Panoramas from TMAG's 19th century colonial watercolours and drawings collection
John Kelly
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Beyond Woop Woop

Exhibitions

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Dunn Place, Hobart

An exhibition of works by John Kelly
TIAF 2015 Things-I-once-knew
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Things I once knew

Exhibitions

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Dunn Place, Hobart

The art of Patrick Hall
21UP gallery image
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21UP

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Dunn Place, Hobart

Celebrating 21 years of service by TMAG's Art Guides
Young woman in the Médecins Sans Frontières clinic in Gogrial, South Sudan
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WITHOUT BORDERS

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Dunn Place, Hobart

Emergencies, Natural Disasters, Epidemics and Conflicts
Narratives_of_New
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Narratives of New

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Dunn Place, Hobart

Exhibition of Tasmanian art and design