Primary K-6

All primary school programs are designed specifically for primary aged students in years K-6 and are delivered by TMAG's Learning and Discovery specialists. Primary school programs are available in a range of disciplines that complement TMAG exhibitions including Tasmanian Aboriginal culture, art and history and range from 45 minutes to 2 hours in duration. General museum programs are also available.

Bookings are essential for all guided programs, and further information about planning your primary school group visit is available through our Bookings page.

The 2016 Learning Program is listed below.

Subject Areas

General museum




Pattern Play


General museum programs

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

Drawn from the Collection: Drawing as a Way of Exploring
An introductory program using drawing to explore themes from the exhibition Tempest. 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 Primary students
Available Term 3 and 4 only


Aboriginal programs

Introductory Tour of ningina tunapri
This program introduces students to the ningina tunapri gallery and highlights key stories and objects, letting the students explore the exhibition displays that appeal to them personally.

Duration: 1 hour
Suitable for all grades

Introductory Tour of Our land: Parrawa, Parrawa! Go away!
Dealing with the 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 Upper Primary and Secondary students

2016 Tasmanian Aboriginal Culture Education Program - 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 Aboriginal guide, an experienced muttonbirder, will share the story of these amazing birds and his people. This program also includes a short visit to ningina tunapri (Tasmanian Aboriginal gallery) and hands-on activities that are lots of fun.

Duration: 2 hours
Limited sessions: 9:30 am - 11:30 am and 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Term 2: 21, 22, 23 and 24 June 2016
Term 3: 26, 27, 28 and 29 July 2016
Suitable for Grades 3-6


Art programs

Literacy Through Art: for EAL students
This specialised program uses the TMAG collection as stimulus for developing literacy in a relaxed and inspiring environment. Involves hands-on art making, discussion, writing and reading. Offered as vocabulary-focused sessions to complement and reinforce key content areas studied in English as an Additional Language (EAL) courses. Ideal for beginners, or as refresher sessions for intermediate students.

Session topics: Faces, The Body, Animals, Colours and Shapes, Food.

Duration: 1.5 hours
Suitable for: EAL students, all ages


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 upper Primary grades

Limited sessions

Term 2: 31 May and 1 and 2 June 2016
Term 3: 13, 14, 15 and 16 September 2016
Times: 9:30 am – 11:30 am and 12:30 pm – 2:30pm


Pattern Play programs

Maths in Nature
From spiral forms of nautilus shells to tessellated patterns in bee hives – students will be amazed by the beauty and power of nature! This program links in to TMAG's new exhibition Pattern Play which celebrates the wonderful world of patterns. Through exploration of basic maths principles and the Pattern Play exhibition students will explore how maths can help explain patterns and forms in nature.

Duration: 1.5 hour
Suitable for Grades 3-6

Limited sessions

Term 1: 8, 9, 10 and 11 March 2016
Times: 10:00 am - 11:30 am and 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm (limit 2 sessions per school)

Launch into Learning with Pattern Play at TMAG
Especially for Launch into Learning (LIL) and Learning in Families Together (LIFT) groups. This program gives a brief introduction to the wonders of the Museum and Art Gallery for early learners and their families. Culminating in the wonders of our interactive Pattern Play exhibition your little learners and their families will love visiting TMAG.

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Duration: 30 minutes
Available Tuesdays and Thursdays only.


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.