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Reopening date announced

31 January 2013

The revitalised Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery (TMAG) will be unveiled to the public on Friday 15 March 2013.


Fascinating objects online

30 January 2013

An innovative new program is set to guide visitors on a fascinating journey through the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery (TMAG) when the new museum reopens to the public on 15 March 2013.


A new TMAG brand

29 January 2013

Questions and answers about the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery's new brand identity.


Temporary museum closure advice

12 December 2012

The Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery will be closed to the public from 12 November 2012 to allow for final building works and preparations before our spectacular reopening in early 2013.


TMAG scientists share knowledge

11 December 2012

TMAG’s extensive invertebrate zoological collections and research activities were under the microscope recently at conferences attended by Senior Zoology Curator Dr Cathy Byrne and Senior Invertebrate Zoology Curator Dr Simon Grove.  


City of Hobart Art Prize winners

5 October 2012

The City of Hobart Art Prize has extended its national and international reach this year, with the major awards going to artists from the Northern Territory and New Zealand in 2012.


Wilson and Codignotto Collection

3 October 2012

Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery Director Bill Bleathman welcomed some special guests to TMAG’s Rosny Facility recently for a thank-you afternoon tea.


Life Membership for Ross Fouracre

3 July 2012

The Foundation of the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery recently awarded Life Membership to tireless volunteer Ross Fouracre.


Raising the roof

18 June 2012

Today’s planned raising of the former Zoology gallery roof has been postponed due to environmental conditions beyond the control of the construction contractor.


Tireless TMAG volunteer celebrates incredible milestone

17 June 2012

Ray Thompson, the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery’s Honorary Curator of Numismatics and Philatelics, knows more about coins and stamps than most, and even more about the value of volunteer service.


Historic Flag donated to TMAG

5 June 2012

A hand-made flag linked to the historic Tasmanian observation of the transit of Venus in 1874, has been donated to the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery. 

The 138-year-old flag has returned to Tasmania just days before Venus makes her next transit on 6 June 2012.


Frank Hurley's Isle of Many Waters revisited

23 April 2012

In 1939, Frank Hurley’s short film Isle of Many Waters promoted Tasmania’s historic sites and rugged natural landscape, encouraging tourists to ‘holiday amidst the lovely waterways, crags and vales of sunny Tasmania’. 


Celebrate Australian Heritage Week at Markree

16 April 2012

Markree House Museum and Garden will be celebrating this year's Australian Heritage Week with an open day on Sunday 22 April.


Loved TMAG collection item featured in TV Week

6 April 2012

One of TMAG's most popular fashion items is celebrating 25 years.


Easter at TMAG

5 April 2012

After the hot-cross buns are all gobbled up, the Easter break is a great opportunity to check out TMAG’s three recently opened exhibitions.


Check out Hobart's heritage attractions with the new Hobart Museum Pass

27 March 2012

There's a great new way to experience four of Hobart's heritage attractions.


Important new works for TMAG

23 March 2012

For a limited time, come along to check out two artworks ear-marked to become part of TMAG's collection - and even make a donation to help with the acquisitions.


Last chance to Traverse Antarctica at TMAG

23 February 2012

Last chance to Traverse Antarctica at TMAG


Catch a Tiger with your family!

2 February 2012

Come along and join in a fun day of free activities!


Holiday in the Antarctic at TMAG

17 January 2012

There is plenty to see and do at TMAG this holiday season – especially for families keen to explore the Antarctic!


Traversing Antarctica at TMAG

1 December 2011

Traversing Antarctica: the Australian Experience (Traversing Antarctica) officially began its national tour when it was opened at TMAG today by Minister for the Environment, Tony Burke MP.


We're a little bit smaller so we can get a whole lot bigger

19 November 2011

The construction phase for Stage 1 of TMAG’s redevelopment is now underway, with VOS Construction and Joinery (VOS) starting the main works on Monday, 21 November 2011.


To Catch a Tiger opens at TMAG

4 November 2011

James Newitt’s To Catch a Tiger, the third and final exhibition in TMAG’s Star/Dust series of contemporary art installations, has opened to the public.


Opportunity for Tasmanian artists

13 October 2011

Tasmanian artists have a unique opportunity to create a public artwork for the new entrance of the redeveloped Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery.


Primavera 2010 touring exhibition opens

7 October 2011

Primavera is the Museum of Contemporary Art’s (MCA) annual exhibition showcasing the work of Australian artists aged 35 and under


Recognising our invaluable volunteers

5 October 2011

The director of the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery (TMAG), Bill Bleathman, has paid tribute to the volunteers that provide essential services to the Museum.


Creatures bid farewell to their old museum home

27 September 2011

TMAG's favourite attractions have bid a temporary farewell to their long-time home in the Museum's Zoology Gallery.


School holidays at TMAG

2 September 2011

Even with our smaller museum we've got family-friendly exhibitions open which are ideal destinations for the September holidays.


New visitor entrance opens at 5 Argyle Street

1 September 2011

TMAG has re-opened its Argyle Street door as the main visitor entrance as part of its redevelopment. 


Early closure Wednesday 31 August

30 August 2011

Please note the museum will close at 3pm on Wednesday 31st August.


Fob watch marks moment in history

25 August 2011

A fob watch belonging to the only Tasmanian to be prime minister, Joseph Lyons, has been donated to TMAG.


Last chance to visit the old TMAG

22 August 2011

Tasmanians are urged to take a last look at TMAG in its current form, before a large portion of the museum closes on 1 September 2011 for the start of the redevelopment Stage 1 works.


What's on the menu for feral cats?

18 August 2011

Researcher Bill Lazenby’s work looking at the stomach contents of feral cats might not be everyone’s cup of tea, but it’s an important part in protecting Tasmania’s native animals.


Become part of The Reading Room

5 August 2011

Bookworms and art lovers alike have a chance this Sunday (7 August) to be filmed reading for a favourite book as part of The Reading Room installation.


Fellowship allows Mark to shine

29 July 2011

Mark Colegrave is off overseas next year to learn about the latest Museum lighting technologies in the USA and Europe after securing a Churchill Fellowship.


Farewell to old old favourite

27 July 2011

We're throwing a party to farewell one of TMAG's most loved places: the Zoology Gallery.


City of Hobart Art Prize winners announced

22 July 2011

TASMANIAN ARTISTS DOMINATE THE 2011 CITY OF HOBART ART PRIZE

For only the second time in its 23 year history all of the major awards in the 2011 City of Hobart Art Prize have been won by Tasmanian artists. 


Plastering over TMAG's history

12 July 2011

When it comes to plastering jobs they don't come much more difficult than TMAG's former Maritime and Pacific Galleries.


Volcano Lover: a successful start to Star/Dust series

11 July 2011

TMAG is celebrating the success of Volcano Lover, the first exhibition in the Star/Dust series.


Celebrating NAIDOC week at TMAG

9 July 2011

Two Aboriginal artists have spent NAIDOC week at TMAG, educating young Tasmanians about indigenous culture and art. 


Meet the Botany Curator

8 July 2011

Dr. Miguel de Salas has joined the team at the Tasmanian Herbarium as the new Botany Curator.  


First look at Stage One changes for Redevelopment

5 July 2011

The covers have come off images of the changes planned for Stage One of the Redevelopment project which gets underway this September.

The artist impressions provide a detailed glimpse at what key areas of TMAG will look like in 2013, when construction of Stage One finishes. 


C20 closes this weekend

24 June 2011

C20 - 100 years of Australian art from the TMAG collection - closes this Sunday (26 June). This major exhibition over three galleries brings together works by many of Australia's most significant artists and designers of the 20th century.


Markree House Museum and Garden opens to the public

11 June 2011

After three years of registration and cataloguing, planning and research, the Markree House Museum and Garden (Markree) was opened today by Premier Lara Giddings at the first of a series of free public tours of the museum.


Opening Weekend of the Markree House Museum

27 May 2011

To celebrate the opening of the Markree House Museum & Garden, the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery invites you to enjoy an exclusive, free guided tour of the museum and garden.


Exhibition Designer for TMAG Redevelopment

12 May 2011

The Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery is searching for an Exhibition Designer to work with our Redevelopment team.


Another week, another gallery

11 May 2011

This week our staff are busy removing objects from the Wong gallery in preparation for the start of the redevelopment work in September. 


Extreme photos unveiled at TMAG

6 May 2011

Photography buffs can now view the 20 photographs vying for one of the Extreme Environment Photography Competition.


Meet the registrar: Philippa Cox

5 May 2011

The TMAG registrar is at the pointy end of knowing what is where when it comes to the 830,000 objects that make up the State Collection TMAG is charged with maintaining.


Dombrovskis legacy remembered at TMAG

19 April 2011

Renowned photographer and conservationist, Peter Dombrovskis is being commemorated at the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery (TMAG) through a collection of his rafting and photographic equipment.


Harry Murray medals on display for ANZAC Day

14 April 2011

The museum will open on ANZAC Day, to allow visitors access to a collection of important military memorabilia as part of commemorations.


Play a part in the future of the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery

13 April 2011

The Redevelopment team charged with making the new Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery (TMAG) a reality, is searching for a curator.


TMAG receives gift of John May medals

13 April 2011

The Director of the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, Bill Bleathman, said today the museum was honoured to receive a Tasmanian World War II chaplain’s collection of military medals.


Animal ark the love of our latest young collector

12 April 2011

Layne Pepper’s collection of Schleich animals is now on display in our Discovery Space. Layne has more than 140 of the hand-painted animals in her collection,


Shipping gallery sets sail as redevelopment preparations continue

8 April 2011

Our hard working redevelopment team has this week turned its attention to the Pacific and Shipping Galleries, preparing them for September when construction and renovations begin.


TMAG's creative minds busy preparing new displays

6 April 2011

Our creative content team is busy developing the displays and exhibitions that will feature in the galleries when they re-open in early 2013.


Meet the art curator: Bryony Nainby

31 March 2011

Bryony Nainby has joined our curatorial team where she'll be working as Senior Curator of Art (Contemporary Art).


Celebrating Australia's finest soldier

31 March 2011

A collection of medals and memorabilia belonging to Australia’s most decorated soldier, Harry Murray, has gone on display at the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery (TMAG).


White building open for business

30 March 2011

An amazing effort from TMAG staff has seen a new conservation lab opened at our Moonah facility.


Family Day in the Lab this Sunday (March 27)

25 March 2011

Want to make your own volcano? Want to explore their dynamic geology? Want to bubble up your own experiments? Head to TMAG this Sunday (27 March) for our Family Day in the Lab.


All hands on deck for redevelopment preparations

23 March 2011

We've embarked on a busy schedule of Early Works to prepare for the start of construction in September, and everyone is playing a part.


Volcano Lover opens with an eruption of colour, light and sound

17 March 2011

Volcano Lover, part of the new contemporary art series Star/Dust, promises visitors an sensational experience of colour, light and sound.


Making room for redevelopment

15 March 2011

One of the crucial tasks in preparing for the redevelopment is finding room somewhere for many of our objects to go during construction.


Celebrating TMAG's coolest gallery

7 March 2011

7 March marks 5 years since our remarkable Antarctic gallery - Islands to Ice: the Great Southern Ocean and Antarctica- opened its doors to the world (and more than 1.5 million people). 


Last chance to farewell a (really) old TMAG favourite

4 March 2011

This weekend ( 5 & 6 March) is your last chance to say farewell to a really, really old member of the TMAG family with our much-loved muttaburrasaurus being removed as redevelopment work commences.


ARTaid@TMAG 2011 a great success

1 March 2011

ARTaid@TMAG 2011, the charity exhibition coordinated by our volunteer art guides, has raised more than $18,000 for disaster relief. 


TMAG redevelopment gets underway

25 February 2011

The Premier and Minister for the Arts, Lara Giddings, today announced the start of work for the $30 million first stage of the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery (TMAG) redevelopment.


TMAG a hub for pedal-powered culture vultures

11 January 2011

ARTBIKES is a new, free bike borrowing service that offers a fun and environmentally sound transport option for arts lovers and culture vultures to cruise the streets of Hobart.


More to discover at TMAG in 2011

1 January 2011

New programming will be introduced this year, including ‘Eye Spy’ a dynamic program for young children and adults to explore, enjoy and learn about the museum together. Star/dust will be launched in March (more below) and an ‘Art Cart’ and a ‘Museum Cart’ will both be in development this year.