Secondary - College 7-12

All secondary programs are designed specifically for students in years 7 – 12 and are delivered by TMAG’s Learning and Discovery specialists. Secondary school programs are available in a range of disciplines that complement TMAG exhibitions including Tasmanian Aboriginal culture, the Antarctic, art and the natural sciences and range from 45 minutes to 2 hours in duration. Programs tailored to students who may be interested in pursuing a career in the arts 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 complete 2014 Learning Program is now available to download (PDF 2.1 MB)

Subject Areas

General museum





Natural sciences


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 the site, uses a variety of objects and materials, and offers an introduction to collections, conservation and interpretation. This program is a prerequisite for all other museum programs.

Duration: 1 hour
Suitable for all grades 

Work Experience Placements
Museums and art galleries are fascinating places to work and can offer a variety of job opportunities. Work experience placements provide an opportunity to spend time in several different areas of the museum and art gallery and provide an insight into the skills needed to undertake particular roles.

The Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery can offer two, 1 week placements, each year. If you are interested, please contact us for further details. or (03) 62114163


Aboriginal programs

Introductory tour of ningina tunapri - Tasmanian Aboriginal exhibition
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

Our land: parrawa, parrawa! Go away!
Our land: parrawa, parrawa! Go away!
is the title of our exhibition dealing with the invasion of lutruwita – Tasmania and the Black War between 1823 and 1831. This program looks at both sides of this story in a thoughtful yet provocative way; guaranteed to engage students.

Duration: 1.5 hours
Suitable for Secondary

Unbroken String
This unique hands-on program links the Our land: parrawa, parrawa! Go away! exhibition, which deals with the invasion of lutruwita-Tasmania and the Black War (1823-1831), with the ningina tunapri Tasmanian Aboriginal exhibition which explores the 40,000 year ongoing journey of Tasmanian Aboriginal people and celebrates all Tasmanian Aboriginal generations.

Presented by Tasmanian Aboriginal community members and TMAG staff, this program links past and present, and features the stories of some of the Tasmanian Aboriginal people who have fought to keep culture, community and connection to country strong.  Unbroken String includes time in both exhibitions and a hands-on component involving the creation of a twined timeline which integrates cultural and historical elements. This follows in the tradition of our very successful ballawinne and milaythina mana-mapali programs.

Duration: 2 hours
Suitable for Lower Secondary
Dates for 2014
Term 1. 31 March - 3 April
Term 3. 1 - 4 Sept
Times: 9:30am – 11:30am, 12:30pm – 2:30 pm.

Limit of 2 classes per school.


Antarctic programs 

Introductory tour of Islands to Ice
Where is Antarctica? How big is it? Tasmania’s backyard is the wild Southern Ocean, remote sub-Antarctic islands and the icy expanse of Antarctica. This short introductory tour provides students with an overview of the connections between Tasmania and the far south and highlights real specimens and artefacts that would otherwise be inaccessible. This program is a prerequisite for all other Antarctic programs.

Duration: 1 hour
Suitable for all grades

Science of the Sea – Oceans of Change
National Science Week 2014 Program.

Delivered in conjunction with CSIRO, this program will focus on the vital sciences of the sea and what they are telling us about our changing world. A lively, hands-on and highly relevant program with practicing scientists.

This year National Science Week at the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery (TMAG) features CSIRO, the University of Tasmania’s  Institute of Marine and Antarctic Studies,  TMAG, Fishcare and other science organisations presenting a fascinating series of displays and demonstrations that will be sure to fire the imagination of students. Showcasing the wonders of the sea, and highlighting the increasingly important changes in our oceans, secondary school program on this 90 minute program will spend eight minutes with 10 different scientists to investigate key ocean topics. They will learn about marine mammals, whale research and DNA, corals of sea mounts, mollusc distributions and taxonomy, the Redmap citizen science project, ice dynamics and polar melt, tracking ocean currents and more.

It's a bit like speed dating an octopus!

Flyer available here.

Duration: 1.5 hrs
Suitable grades: Secondary

Dates for 2014
Term 3: 19 – 21 Aug
Times: 10:00am – 11:30pm, 12:30pm – 2:00pm

Note: Special virtual tours for remote and regional schools are available. Connect by our live video-cam on Friday 22 August and engage from the convenience of your classroom. Bookings essential.


Art programs

Drawing on the collections: using drawing as a way of seeing. Drawing offers powerful ways of understanding experience. In this program students will draw in the gallery of your choice, making their observations and responses visible, and engaging in lively discussion. An excellent way to enhance students’ experience of their museum visit - whatever your thematic focus.

Duration: 1 hour
Suitable for all grades

Art and Literacy.
This specialised program uses visual art as a stimulus and a tool for expanding literacy in a relaxed and inspiring environment. Involving discussion, drawing, writing and reading the thematic focus and structure of the program is tailored to the needs of participants. Particularly relevant to students for whom English is an additional language, or those undertaking other literacy support programs.

Duration: 1 hour
Suitable for all grades

Contemporary Art Exhibition Welcome Talk.
Visiting a contemporary art exhibition? Our art educator can meet your group in the gallery to help focus the eyes and minds. This brief floor talk will introduce relevant facts and ideas, and answers any student queries. The aim is to support students make informed personal interpretations during free exploration afterwards.

Duration 20 min.
Suitable grades: Secondary, TasTAFE and Tertiary

Art Work.
A program for students interested to work in the arts industry. It provides insight into the reality of working at the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery and emphasises the breadth of roles in the creative and cultural sectors. An inspiration and reality-check at once, this program involves background on the organisation, meet-and-greet sessions with staff, discussion about training and qualifications, and a behind-the-scenes tour of facilities. Groups are limited to 10 pupils plus 1 teacher, and students are expected to actively engage to get the most from this experience.

Duration: 1.5 hours
Suitable grades: College, TasTAFE and Tertiary

Temporary Art Exhibition programs

Pat Brassington: Á Rebours 30 May – 14 September 2014, Argyle Galleries 1-3.
A major survey by one of Australia’s most important and influential photo-based artists. This is the first extensive gathering of Brassington’s 30 years of practice and explores her ongoing aesthetic language derived from surrealism and cinema reinterpreted through photography. Education kit and catalogue available here.

Surrealism Art Workshops: A guided tour of the exhibition with AccessArt Educator followed by a hands-on workshop in the TMAG Studio Lab exploring the techniques and visual language of Surrealism.

Duration: 1.5hrs
Suitable grades: Secondary and College

Virtual tours: Explore this exhibition from your classroom via an online program with our AccessArt Outreach Officer. These are live tours and teachers will receive an education kit to extend the learning in the classroom.

Duration: 35-45 minutes, including time for students’ questions. Suitable: College classes in Tasmania’s regions.

Dates for 2014
Mondays and Tuesdays, 11th August – 15th September, by negotiation. Spaces are strictly limited.

2014 City of Hobart Art Prize, Guided tours on show 27 September - 23 November 2014
The City of Hobart Art Prize is now in its 26th year. THis year it will showcase exceptional contemporary artworks in glass and print from across Australia.
Take an interpretive tour of the exhibition with AccessArt Educator. Includes opportunities for visual response.

Duration: 1 hour
Suitable for Secondary

*MACHINES exhibition Dates to be confirmed, on show in term 4
An annual exhibition of edgy artworks by grade 10 students, produced as part of a special workshop program at the Tasmanian School of Art. Linked to the City of Hobart Art Prize this project is supported by TMAG, Hobart City Council, Department of Education and the Tasmanian Catholic Education Office.
Self-guided visits to this exhibition are encouraged.
Guided tours available in conjunction with visits to City of Hobart Art Prize (see above).

For inquires about student participation in UTAS *Machines workshops, please contact Lynne Hanlon, Manager Guaranteeing Futures South, Department of Education, Ph: 62 123 319,

Suitable for Secondary


History programs

Introductory tour of the Bond Store
This program introduces students to the new Bond Store galleries; Our changing land: Creating Tasmania and Our land: Encountering an upside down world. Both galleries focus on 19th century Tasmania and the discoveries and changes that occurred.

Duration: 1 hour
Suitable for all grades


Natural sciences programs

Introductory tour of Earth and Life
Students will meet some of the locals as they discover Tasmania’s unique combination of geology, flora and fauna. This program is a good prerequisite for An Island Ark: The Unique Animals and Plants of Tasmania.

Duration: 1 hour
Suitable for all grades

An Island Ark: The unique animals and plants of Tasmania
Tasmania, with its living cargo of plants and animals, has been a separate island for 12 000 years. The wide variety of landscapes and habitats has been protected from some of the effects of climate change, human impact and introduced species that have caused extinctions in mainland Australia. Through this program students discover Tasmania's ancient origins, unique biodiversity and the unusually high numbers of endemic animal and plant species that are present here.

Duration: 1.5 hours
Suitable for all grades

Dates for 2014
Term 2: 3-6 June

Threatened Species Week  - An Island Ark program with a focus on Tasmanian threatened species.

Dates for 2014
Term 3: 9-11 Sept.