Now showing

WITHOUT BORDERS: Emergencies, Natural Disasters, Epidemics and Conflicts

5 - 21 December 2014

Bond Store Basement

MSF_promo_image_webThis exhibition aims to raise awareness of the people Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders) assist through the eyes of award winning photographers from around the world.

Five photographers have been selected, each exhibiting four images capturing the context and humanity of an emergency, natural disaster, epidemic or conflict.

Médecins Sans Frontières provides essential medical humanitarian aid regardless of race, religion, gender or political affiliation.

The Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery (TMAG) will host the inaugural showing of WITHOUT BORDERS, with the exhibition set to travel throughout Australia.

Image details:
Young woman in the Médecins Sans Frontières clinic in Gogrial, South Sudan. Photo Isabel Corthier

George Davis: Master Draughtsman

6 December 2014 - 1 March 2015

Argyle Galleries 1 and 2

George_Davis_web_promoAn exhibition revealing the consummate drawing skills of major Tasmanian artist George Davis, whose interests cross artistic and scientific boundaries.

Comprising finely detailed drawings of insects, birds and flora, as well as portraits, figurative studies and landscape. Paintings where underlying drawing plays an integral role are also included.

The exhibition is to be accompanied by the launch of a major book on the artist’s drawings.

Image details:
George Davis (b. 1930), First departure, pre dawn (Fisher Island) 1995, charcoal, 57 x 76, purchased with funds from the Plimsoll Bequest, 2000.

Jorg Schmeisser: Antarctic Prints

6 December 2014 - 1 March 2015

Argyle Gallery 3

Jorg_Schmeisser_web_promoAn exhibition of the complete series of Antarctic prints presented by artist Jorg Schmeisser to the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery.

The etchings were produced between 1998 and 2005 after the artist received an Australian Antarctic Arts Fellowship to visit Antarctica.

From a voyage of discovery and exploration, Schmeisser has created images revealing the imposing grandeur of Antarctica’s icy wilderness. The exhibition is a tribute to the artist who died in June 2012.

Image details:
Jorg Schmeisser (1942-2012), Figuration 2002, etching A/P, presented by the artist under the Cultural Gifts Program, 2012.


Transplantation: a Sense of Place and Culture

9 October 2014 - 18 January 2015

Salon Gallery

TransplantationThis exhibition of contemporary narrative jewellery explores the sense of place and cultural identity through the theme of transplantation. 

Twelve artists based in the UK and Australia have explored their own sense of place and individual cultural identity as a consequence of their personal and family experiences of transplantation.

Transplantation is a travelling exhibition developed by the University of Lincoln, assisted by the National Centre for Craft and Design and funded by Arts Council England. In Australia it is toured by Museum and Gallery Services Queensland.

Image details: Jack Cunningham The Great Barrier (Series) 2 2010 Silver, wood, shell, plastic readymades 70 x 100 x 20 mm 


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.


Narratives of New


Argyle Galleries, Level 1

Narratives of New is the twenty first century extension of the historical art and design exhibitions in the Henry Hunter Galleries. TMAG's contemporary collections emphasise Tasmanian art and design while maintaining a national perspective.

The works in this exhibition are connected by the artists’ interests in narrative: from the historical and autobiographical, to Aboriginal dreaming, personal experiences of illness, environmental politics, religious beliefs and ‘cautionary tales’.


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.