The Derwent Public Programs

TMAG has developed an extensive public program to complement the exhibition The Derwent, which is on show until 5 November. See below for more details of individual events, or download the full program here.

Hydro Tasmania The Derwent Symposium

A one-day symposium with more than 20 speakers, discussing scientific, engineering and artistic responses to the River Derwent. This substantial program will offer a wealth of insight into the indigenous, scientific, creative and economic values that form part of Tasmania’s major river system. Come for a session or stay for the whole day.

Date: Friday 22 September 2017
Time: 11:00 am to 4:00 pm
Free, no bookings required

Download the full program

Hydro Tasmania Family Day

Join us for a special free Family Day celebrating the power of water. Inspired by The Derwent, the day will involve engaging workshops, displays, activities, entertainment, live music, food vans and more with a special welcome to Hydro Tasmania communities and employees.

Date: Sunday 8 October 2017
Time: 11:00 am to 3:00 pm
Free, no bookings required

Download the full program

Seniors Week Floor Talk

Join curator Dr Mary Knights for an informal guided gallery floor talk of The Derwent exhibition. Share your own memories and impressions of the River Derwent.

Date: Wednesday 18 October 2017
Time: 11:00 am to 12 noon
Free, no bookings required



Free tours run for approximately 40 minutes and are provided Wednesday to Sunday.

Tour times are subject to change and availability and can be checked by phoning (03) 6165 7000

11:00 am
Free exhibition talks and tours. For daily listings, check our events calendar here.
To view the September 2017 program, click here. For the October 2017 program, click here.

1:00 pm
Highlights tour of our Welcome Garden, historic Commissariat Complex and the Bond Store exhibitions.

2:00 pm
Highlights tour of the treasures of the Central and Henry Hunter galleries.

Guided tours for clubs, tourist groups or other organisations please click here.

Settlement Secrets
Go on a theatrical journey through TMAG's buildings, which are the earliest still existing from the first European settlement of Hobart. Run by AntipoDean Entertainment, the tours take place from Tuesday - Friday at 11:30 am and 2:00 pm, and tickets cost $20 adults, $15 children, $60 families (2 adults, 4 children) and under 4s are free. For more information and to check availability and book, visit the website.



Join TMAG's dedicated Art Guides for a lively program of artist demonstrations, talks and practical workshops.

Date: Sunday 1 October 2017
Time: 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Location: Centre for Learning and Discovery Studio

No bookings required, however be early to secure a place.


School Holiday Program

TMAG’s popular School Holiday Program will return during the October break to provide fun, free activities for kids of all ages.

Dates: Tuesday 10 October – Friday 13 October 2017
Time: 11:00 am to 2:00 pm daily
Drop-in sessions, no bookings required

Program of events coming soon!


University of Tasmania Lecture

TMAG has joined with the University of Tasmania (UTAS), the Canadian High Commission and the Royal Society of Tasmania to present a special lecture at UTAS in October. Dr Marc-AndrĂ© Bernier will present 'Ghost Ships of the Arctic: The exploration of Sir John Franklin’s HMS Erebus and HMS Terror'.

Dr Bernier is the head of Parks Canada’s Underwater Recovery Team, and will discuss his team’s efforts in exploring the wrecks of HMS Erebus and HMS Terror in one of Canada’s most challenging environments.

Date: Wednesday 11 October 2017
Time: 6:00 pm
Location: Stanley Burbury Theatre, University Centre, UTAS Sandy Bay Campus


For more information, download a flyer


Talks at TMAG

The Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery is proud to host an ongoing series of free evening and lunchtime talks and lectures to enhance your intellectual life, spark your curiosity and enliven your mind. These are presented on-site at TMAG by a range of leading organisations.

Download the September - October 2017 program


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