Primary K-6

Booking enquiries for 2018 guided programs will commence mid-January 2018.

These guided programs are delivered by TMAG's education specialists and are available between 1 March and 30 November 2017. They are designed to deliver targeted learning outcomes for primary school aged students. Availability of these programs depends on available staffing. Bookings are essential for all guided  programs.  Further  information  is available through the Bookings page. Please note that exhibition and program dates may change without notice.

Major exhibition programs

General museum




Natural History


Major exhibition programs

kanalaritja: An Unbroken String
Opens 9 December 2016, closes 21 May 2017
See Term 1 variation of Introductory Tour of ningina tunapri listed under Aboriginal programs.

The Art of Science: Baudin’s Voyagers 1800 – 1804
Opens 7 April 2017, closes 9 July 2017
See Term 2 variation of Introductory Tour of ningina tunapri listed under Aboriginal programs.

The Derwent
Opens 28 July 2017, closes 5 November 2017

Fluid Landscapes          
This program explores how artists represent ‘place’ through the genre of landscape art. It focuses on the contemporary exhibition The Derwent by artists David Stephenson and Martin Walch and makes connections to art works across the TMAG collection. Insights will be  gained  into  various  material  approaches to artmaking, including photography and new media. Students will be given tools to discuss depictions of place and consider how sense of place can be expressed through their own art works.
Suitable for grades 5 and 6
Dates: Term 3, 2017


General museum programs

Launch into Learning at TMAG          
Suitable for Launch into Learning (LIL) and Learning in Families Together (LIFT) groups from the Department of Education. More information here.

Discover Your Museum and Art Gallery          
What is it? Is it real? How is it stuffed? How old is it? Can we touch it? This interactive program includes a tour of TMAG's site, uses a variety of objects and materials, and offers an introduction to collections, conservation and interpretation. A good introduction to all other museum programs.

Duration: 1 hour
Suitable for all grades
Available 1 March to 30 November 2017


Aboriginal culture programs

The Black Box Loan Resource and ningina tunapri live virtual tour
Bringing Tasmanian Aboriginal culture to your classroom. Full information here.
Suitable for grades 3-6

Introductory Tour of ningina tunapri
This program introduces students to the ningina tunapri gallery. The tour highlights key stories and objects and includes a hands-on component.

Duration: 1 hour
Suitable for all grades

Dates (please note the below program variations):
Term 1 2017 (from 1 March): Also includes exploration of the temporary exhibition kanalaritja: An Unbroken String which focuses on the shell stringing tradition of the Tasmanian Aboriginal community. Please note: this program is now fully booked and no longer available.
Term 2 2017: features the Tasmanian Aboriginal portraits and cultural traditions illustrated  by  early  19th  Century French artists in the temporary exhibition The Art of Science: Baudin’s Voyagers 1800 – 1804.
Term 3 2017: standard tour
Term 4 2017 (until 30 November): standard tour

Introductory Tour of Our land: Parrawa, Parrawa! Go away!
Dealing with the European invasion of lutruwita (Tasmania) and the Black War between 1823 and 1831, this program looks at 'first contact' from both sides of this difficult story.

Duration: 1 hour
Suitable for grades 3-6
Dates: Term 3 and Term 4 (until 30 November 2017)

Tasmanian Aboriginal Culture Workshops: May 2017 tunapri rrala (strong knowledge)
This new program celebrates the creativity and resilience of the Tasmanian Aboriginal women who have passed the tradition of shell-stringing from one generation to the next. Students will visit the Tasmanian Aboriginal shell necklace exhibition kanalaritja: An Unbroken String and participate in hands-on activities including designing patterns using natural materials.

Duration: 2 hours
Suitable for grades 3-6
Program times: 9:30 am - 11:30 am or 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Program dates: 9, 10, 11, 12, 16, 17, 18 and 19 May 2017

Tasmanian Aboriginal Culture Workshops: September 2017 waranta mulaka yula (we, the Tasmanian Aboriginal community, hunt muttonbirds)
Tasmanian Aboriginal people have harvested yula seasonally and sustainably for thousands of years. Muttonbirding is central to the  rich  and  vibrant  Aboriginal culture of lutruwita (Tasmania) today. Your TMAG guide, a Tasmanian Aboriginal community member and experienced muttonbirder, will share the story of these amazing birds and his people. This program, first delivered in 2016, also includes a short visit to ningina tunapri (Tasmanian  Aboriginal gallery) and hands-on activities that are lots of fun.

Duration: 2 hours
Suitable for grades 3-6
Program times: 9:30 am - 11:30 am or 12:30 pm - 2;30 pm
Program dates: 5, 6, 7, 8 September 2017


Art programs

Drawn from the Collection: Drawing as a way of seeing        
An introductory program using drawing to examine, understand, and respond to museum and art gallery experiences. Combining information with art-making, this program guides students through a range of rewarding and thought-provoking observational and interpretive drawing activities and discussions.

Duration: 1 hour
Suitable for all grades
Dates: Term 2 and Term 4 (until 30 November 2017)

Also see Fluid Landscapes (The Derwent Project) listed under Major Exhibitions Programs.


History programs

Colonial Hobart Comes Alive        
Why was Sullivan's Cove the preferred site for Hobart Town in 1804? How did British settlement impact upon Tasmanian Aboriginal people? Explore these questions and more in this interactive program. Students will work around a large floor map of Sullivan's Cove, set up camp, commence building the  town,  handle  historical objects and consider how 19th century colonial history has affected and shaped Tasmania today. Students will also explore the colonial history galleries in the historic Bond Store which played a pivotal role in the Hobart Town story.

Duration: 2 hours
Suitable for grades 3-6

Limited sessions: 9:30 am – 11:30 am and 12:30 pm – 2:30pm
Term 2: 23, 24, 25, 26, 30, 31 May, 1, 2 June 2017
Term 3: 19, 20, 21, 22 September 2017


Natural history programs

Life in the Freezer: A Day in the Life of Antarctic and Southern Ocean Animals        
Discover what it is like living in the coldest region of the world. How has the amazing wildlife adapted to this extreme environment? Discover who eats who and the complex food web that exists in the Southern Ocean. This program involves students conducting guided research within the Islands to Ice exhibition and role-play with costumes.

Duration: 1.5 hours
Suitable for all Primary grades
Dates: Tuesdays and Wednesdays, Term 2 and Term 3 2017

Introductory Tour of Earth and Life        
Discover how Tasmania has become an island refuge for habitats, plants and animals found nowhere else on earth. How do they thrive on an old, cold, highland island? Explore the Earth and Life gallery and get up close to some unique Tasmanians.

Duration: 1 hour
Suitable for all grades
Dates: Wednesdays and Thursdays, Term 2, Term 3 and Term 4 (until 30 November) 2017


All visits to TMAG require booking a minimum of two weeks prior to your visit. Alternative and times may need to be considered. All visits are free unless otherwise indicated.                        
To make a booking enquiry please visit:

Please note that exhibition and program dates may change without notice.