Now showing

Things I Once Knew: The Art of Patrick Hall

20 March - 30 August 2015

Argyle Galleries 1-3

Patrick_Hall_web_promoThings I Once Knew is a survey exhibition of the work of Tasmanian artist and furniture maker Patrick Hall, representing the development of his artistic practice from the mid-1980s to the present.

Hall is best known for his elaborate, intricately crafted cabinets that use images, sculptural elements, models, found objects and text as vehicles for complex and layered narratives. Hall’s work has been built around humble objects and the histories, memories and stories they generate or evoke.

The exhibition includes 30 cabinets and other works, characterised by a high level of craftsmanship and the skilful manipulation and combination of both materials and associations.

Image details:
Patrick Hall, When They Lay Me Down, 2013.


164 Not Out! Tasmanian Cricket Treasures

27 February - 29 March 2015

Link Foyer

Cricket Treasures164 Not Out! features items and trophies from the history of Tasmanian cricket, to coincide with the ICC Cricket World Cup matches in Hobart during March 2015.

The first ever first-class cricket match in Australia was played in Launceston in 1851 between Victoria and Tasmania, and since then Tasmanian cricket has gone from strength to strength.

With a proud cricketing history and several current Tasmanian players expected to play in Australia’s World Cup team, come and learn more about the state's cricket legends including Charles Eady, Jack Badcock, David Boon and Ricky Ponting.

Image details:
1891 Tasmanian Cricket Team, featuring Charles Eady, image courtesy the Tasmanian Cricket Museum.



23 January - 31 May 2015

Salon Gallery

21UP in galleryThis exhibition celebrates 21 years of service by the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery’s Volunteer Art Guides. Their aim is to help the public engage with artworks at the Gallery, be they traditional or the latest contemporary installation.

The Art Guides have offered visitors numerous programs and courses over the years, which have helped them attract donations from the public to purchase art for TMAG's collection.

As well as displaying art acquired with assistance from the Art Guides, 21UP contains work purchased from non-Guide funds from three artaid@tmag exhibitions specially organised by the Art Guides.

Works donated by local artists were sold to support victims of the Indonesian Tsunami in 2005, the Queensland floods in 2011, and the Dunalley bush fires in 2013.


Shaping Tasmania: a journey in 100 objects




Shaping Tasmania is an online exhibition of 100 objects selected from those on display throughout the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery. You can find these objects on a trail through the galleries, allowing you to explore significant events and movements that have helped create the Tasmania we know today. The first 99 have been drawn from Tasmania's State Collection, and the 100th has been chosen by the public.


Visit, where you can see all the objects and their locations. 

Shaping Tasmania is a Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery / ABC local partnership.


Dispossessions and Possessions


Permanent Exhibition 

Henry Hunter Galleries, Level 2

Exhibitions_-_Dispossession_and_Possession_4The Henry Hunter Galleries on Level 2 will take you on a journey through significant periods in the history of Tasmanian art and design, from the early 1800s to the present day.

In Dispossessions and Possessions, explore treasures of our Colonial and Arts and Crafts collections, including works by notable artists such as John Glover, Benjamin Duterreau and W C Piguenit.


Progress and Politics


Permanent Exhibition

Henry Hunter Galleries, Level 2

Exhibitions_-_Progress_and_Politics_2Our Contemporary Art collections come to the fore in Progress and Politics, which examines how Tasmanian artists have explored the politics of the environment, race and gender in their work. 

Explore visual art from notable Tasmanian practitioners such as Raymond Arnold, Geoff Parr and Ricky Maynard, as well as designed objects by artists such as Kevin Perkins and Phill Mason.


Modern Age


Permanent Exhibition

Henry Hunter Galleries, Level 2

Exhibitions_-_Moden_Age_GalleryThe journey continues through the Modern Age gallery, which examines the influence of the global Modernism movement on Tasmanian art as well as the Australian studio crafts revival in the 1960s and 1970s.

See works from artists such as Dorothy Stoner, Maude Poynter and Edith Holmes, and learn the story of the female artists who worked out of a studio in Hobart’s Collins Street in the 1930s.


Our living land: Encountering an upside down world


Permanent Exhibition

Bond Store Galleries, Ground Level

Exhibition_-_Our_Living_Land_2This exhibition explores how Tasmania’s natural environment has been used to create wealth, advance science and define the state. It also examines the way Europeans responded to the unfamiliar plants and animals they encountered when they first arrived in the new colony.

Discover how Tasmania’s natural environment influenced the development of the colony and how some species vanished, others prospered and new ones arrived.


Our changing land: Creating Tasmania


Permanent Exhibition

Bond Store Galleries, Level 1

Exhibitions_-_Our_Changing_LandInvestigate the making of Tasmania, and explore how the state has become a place of environmental change and complexities, of creativity and of a particular social identity. Featuring a rich collection of objects and stories, this exhibition focuses on the period from the 1800s to 1901, a time of spectacular transformation in from Van Diemen’s Land to Tasmania.


Our land: parrawa, parrawa! Go away!


Permanent Exhibition

Bond Store Galleries, Level 2

Exhibitions_-_Our_Land_-_Parrawa_parrawaThis exhibition tells the story of Aboriginal people and colonists following the invasion of lutruwita, now called Tasmania, focusing on the Black War. 

Go on an immersive journey through this dark period of history, with objects, contemporary historical accounts and specially commissioned films all helping to bring the story to life.


The Central Gallery


Permanent Exhibition

Henry Hunter Galleries

Exhibitions_-_Central_GalleryThe Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery is a treasure trove of the expected and the unexpected, and the richness of our extensive collection is on show in a special exhibition under the spectacular lantern roof of the Central Gallery.

Artefacts from Tasmania and around the world are on display in a stunning showcase that’s just as unique as the items it contains.


ningina tunapri


Permanent Exhibition

Henry Hunter Galleries, Level 1

ningina_newThe newly-refreshed ningina tunapri Tasmanian Aboriginal gallery will provide you with a rich, enlightening and inspiring experience. Ningina tunapri means ‘to give knowledge and understanding’.

The exhibition explores the journey of Tasmanian Aboriginal people and is a celebration of all Tasmanian Aboriginal generations.


Tasmania: Earth and Life


Permanent Exhibition

Henry Hunter Galleries, Level 1

Exhibitions_-_Earth_and_Life_2Tasmania has a unique geological history and hosts an unusual complement of plants and animals, each with its own story to tell. This exhibition explores these fascinating species and environments through the objects found in the State Collection.


The Power of Change


Permanent Exhibition

Henry Hunter Galleries, Level 1

Exhibitions_-_Power_of_ChangeExplore key areas of twentieth century Tasmanian life and their national and international significance and influence, including outdoor recreation and social and political change.

Learn more about the growth of industry, advances in science and innovation, and the fascinating stories of performers and entertainers.


The Thylacine: Skinned, Stuffed, Pickled and Persecuted


Permanent Exhibition

Henry Hunter Galleries, Level 1

Exhibitions_-_ThylacineThe Tasmanian tiger, or thylacine, has come to symbolise all things Tasmanian, from cricket teams to beer. But as well as being a popular symbol, the story of the thylacine is also a powerful reminder of how easily a species can be lost. This gallery tells the story of the thylacine and its interactions with society through objects from the State Collection.


Medals and Money: Stories from the State Numismatics Collection


Permanent Exhibition

Argyle Galleries, Level 2

Exhibitions_-_Medals_and_MoneyContaining more than 350 medals and coins, including part of one of the most important collections of Roman coins in Australia donated by Lord Talbot de Malahide, this exhibition takes in the breadth of Tasmanian history, from the end of convict transportation to federation banknotes and the start of decimal currency.


Islands to Ice


Permanent Exhibition

Argyle Galleries, Level 2

Exhibitions_-_Islands_to_Ice_2Islands to Ice examines the definitions, perceptions and mythology of Antarctica and the Southern Ocean. It explores the places, the people, the creatures and the phenomena that make the great southern wilderness a world of its own. 

It is an invitation to journey south from Hobart across the oceans to the frozen continent of Antarctica.