A gift in your Will to the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery (TMAG) is a powerful way support Tasmania’s State Collection.

Bequests play a crucial role in helping TMAG care for, curate and share Tasmania’s irreplaceable cultural, artistic, historic and scientific collection, so that our state’s story can be told for many future generations to come.

Your bequest will foster the ongoing success of TMAG, by enabling us to

  • acquire items that enhance the State Collection;
  • fund research programs, conserve and restore collections; and
  • develop exhibitions and public programs.

How to leave a bequest to TMAG 

Making a bequest in your Will is one of the most important personal acts you will undertake. By making a Will, you ensure that your final wishes are carried out in respect of gifts to family, friends and favourite charities. This page provides some suggestions on how to articulate your wishes in a Will.

Bequests can be a specific sum of money from your Estate, a percentage of your Estate, the residue of your Estate after you have specified gifts for family and friends, or assets such as property, shares, collections and works of art.

You may choose to leave a bequest to TMAG unconditionally, or your bequest can be designated for a specific purpose. We recommend that you discuss your plans with your family and strongly advise you to seek independent legal and financial advice when making or updating your Will.

Why it's important to contact us about your wishes

We would welcome the opportunity to thank you in person for your generous support and discuss your wishes to help ensure these are fulfilled through the articulation of your bequest.

All discussions or correspondence about your bequest will be treated in strict confidence.

You can contact Stephenie Cahalan on 0437 752 090 or email

A lasting legacy: Don Squires Natural History Research Fund

Don Squires was a science leader, academic, curator, Deputy Director of the American Museum of Natural History, and the Smithsonian Institution National Museum of Natural History.

As TMAG’s Honorary Curator of Palaeontology, Don was a committed volunteer, whose passion for research led him to leave a bequest to TMAG in the form of the Don Squires Natural History Research Fund.

Double the value of your support

Until June 30, 2018, Don’s wife Marian has pledged to match all donations to the Don Squires Natural History Research Fund. Now is the very best time to support TMAG’s natural history research through the Fund as every dollar donated will be worth double.

TMAG would sincerely like to thank Don and Marian Squires for the very generous gift, and thank them for their ongoing support.

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