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Why redevelop TMAG?

The Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery (TMAG) has been housed on its current site at the centre of Hobart’s waterfront since 1863. TMAG's collection spans art, history and science, and occupies an unique place in the Australian cultural landscape.

TMAG’s treasured heritage buildings survive surrounded by the unexplored archaeological evidence of Tasmanian Indigenous and early European history. However, this heritage remains largely inaccessible to the public. Redevelopment will conserve TMAG’s heritage buildings, make them more accessible, create new exhibition spaces and allow visitors to engage more closely with Tasmania’s history.

TMAG’s most recent major expansion occurred during the 1960s. Since that time TMAG has outgrown its current spaces and facilities, and is now able to display only a small proportion of its collections. During the last 50 years, museum standards for the collection, storage and exhibition of artworks and historical artefacts have also changed dramatically.

TMAG’s exhibition and storage facilities are no longer of a comparable standard to those of fellow state museums and art galleries around Australia, nor with many regional mainland institutions.

Redevelopment will create new exhibition spaces to better showcase TMAG’s collections, and will allow TMAG to offer innovative exhibitions and programming. A redeveloped TMAG will be a world-class facility capable of hosting the world’s most exciting touring exhibitions - the likes of which have never before been seen in Tasmania - alongside its own unique collections.

Tasmanians deserve more from their state museum and art gallery, and for this reason the Tasmanian Government has developed a vision for a redeveloped TMAG. Redevelopment will allow TMAG to realise the full potential of its site, its buildings and its collections. A redeveloped TMAG will be a new museum. Your new museum.