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 2015 Learning Program is listed below. A complete 2015 Learning Program brochure is available to download (PDF 2.6MB)

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 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

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 areas of the museum and art gallery and provide an insight into the skills needed to undertake particular roles.

Duration: 1 week placements
Suitable for Grades 9 and 10. Places strictly limited NOTE: ALL PLACES NOW FULL FOR 2015.


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

milaythina makara takila-ti 
A unique hands-on program for students presented by Tasmanian Aboriginal community members and TMAG staff. Following in the tradition of our very successful ballawinne and Unbroken String programs, milaythina makara takila-ti 'Country forever in our hearts' focusses on Aboriginal sites and cultural landscapes and includes time in the ningina tunapri Tasmanian Aboriginal gallery, as well as a hands-on component.  

Duration: 2 hours 
Term 2: 16 – 19 June, 30 June – 3 July (not offered in Terms 1, 3 or 4).
Suitable for Upper Primary and Lower Secondary students. Limited numbers per school

Aboriginal Students' Program 
In conjunction with the Catholic Education Office, TMAG continues to offer unique programs to Tasmanian Aboriginal students that enrich cultural understanding and appreciation. Delivered by Tasmanian Aboriginal community members and TMAG staff. Enquires should be directed to the Catholic Education Office.

NAIDOC Schools Program
A series of programs, leading up to NAIDOC week, celebrating Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures. See this flyer for details.

milaythina makara takila-ti: see description above. Celebrate Country, Culture, and Creativity in this years NAIDOC program by deepening your understanding of these critical themes.
Duration: 2 hours
Term 2: 30 June – 3 July

Suitable for Upper Primary and Lower Secondary students. Limited numbers 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 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


Art programs

Literacy Through Art: for EAL
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. Sessions are one-off bookings or thematic series by negotiation. 

Session topics: Faces, The Body, Clothes, Animals, Actions, Colours and Shapes, Food, Kitchen, The Home.

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

Welcome Talk
Visiting an art exhibition at TMAG and want a pithy introduction to inform personal interpretations during free exploration afterwards? Our Art Educator meets your group in the gallery to help focus eyes and minds.

Duration: 20 minutes
Suitable for Secondary, TasTAFE and Tertiary students

Art Work
A career-focused program for senior students that provides a glimpse inside TMAG as a cultural institution. An inspiration and reality-check, this program involves background information on TMAG, meet-and-greet sessions with staff, discussion about professional 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 for College, TasTAFE and Tertiary students

Walking the Line between Art and Design
Can furniture be contemporary art? Explore and respond to more than 20 extraordinary handcrafted sculptures and furniture pieces by artist-designer Patrick Hall through the frameworks of art and design. This tour is extended with a short film on Hall's practice and a chance for students to explore design ideas through studio-based making.

Duration: 1.5 hours
Term 1 and 2: 19 March – 28 June
Suitable for Secondary students

Live Virtual Tour of Things I Once Knew

Explore Patrick Hall's exhibition from the comfort of your classroom in this live interactive Skype video tour led by TMAG's Art Educator. Sessions strictly limited. 

Duration: 30 minutes
Term 1 and 2: 19 March – 30 August
Suitable for Secondary students


History programs

Introductory Tour of 19th Century Tasmania
This guided program introduces students to the historic Bond Store before exploring the colonial history galleries within. Our land: Encountering an upside down world explores how the new arrivals worked to make sense of their strange new home. Our changing land: Creating Tasmania explores the ideas and objects that came to transform Van Diemen's Land into Tasmania. Both galleries focus on the changes that occurred and which continue to shape Tasmania today.

Duration: 1 hour
Suitable for all grades

Introduction to The Suspense is Awful: Tasmania and the Great War 

A guided introduction to The Suspense is Awful: Tasmania and the Great War exhibition exploring the impact of the World War I on Tasmanians at home. Who were the Tasmanians that went to war half a world away, why did the conscription debates become so divisive and why did young Aboriginal men sign up to fight for an Empire that had invaded their ancestors' land and denied them rights as citizens? 

Duration: 1 hour
Suitable for Secondary students

Live Virtual Tours: The Suspense is Awful

Unable to visit the museum? Join us for a live virtual tour of The Suspense is Awful: Tasmania and the Great War exhibition. Key themes are explored in this dynamic program, beamed directly into your classroom. Reliable internet connection and ICT hardware are required.

Duration: 30 minutes
Suitable for Secondary students


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 prerequisite for the Threatened Species on an Island Ark program. 

Duration: 1 hour
Suitable for all grades

Threatened Species on an Island Ark 
Tasmania is a refuge for a living cargo of plants and animals, many of which are found nowhere else on earth. But what happens when your island home is under pressure from climate change, habitat destruction and feral pests, and there's nowhere else to go?

Duration: 1.5 hours
Term 3: 8 – 11 September
Suitable for all grades

National Science Week 2015
Festival of Bright Ideas
Princes Wharf No 1, Castray Esplanade, Salamanca, Hobart
Schools Day: Friday 14 August 9:00 am – 3:00 pm (suitable for middle school grades)
Public Day: Saturday 15 August 9:00 am – 4:00 pm (suitable for all visitors)

Spark Up Your Wildlife
Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery

Join TMAG staff to discover how animals use their own ancient electrical powers to survive. Find out about electro-reception in animals such as platypus and spiders. It's a hair raising story. Find out more here.


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.