Family learning is at the heart of the museum visit experience and the exhibitions throughout the museum and art gallery have been created to offer inspiration to children and adults alike. In addition to formal education programs for school students, TMAG offers a dedicated program for families, with a particular focus on engaging visitors in early learning programs.

A range of hands-on programs and resources, events and exhibits allow families and children to explore the museum and art galleries at their own pace and in a way that best suits their group.

Online resources

TMAG has recently developed a Kids in Museums Manifesto that outlines our commitment to ensuring visitors have a family friendly experience. It can be downloaded here. The manifesto was developed with input from the newly formed TMAG Young People's Reference Panel (previously TMAG Children’s Reference Panel), as well as advice from the Commissioner for Children, Tasmania, and the Children and Young People’s Advisory Council.

Family events

Family events

Lift Off! TMAG's Festival for Children and Young People

Lift Off! TMAG's Festival for Children and Young People will be returning in 2023. Click here for more information.

Discovery Days

The Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery is a world of discovery, and our new Sunday Discovery Days are perfect for families of all ages. They take place on a series of Sundays throughout the year, each with a different theme. For details on upcoming Discovery Days, keep an eye on our events page here.

School Holiday Program

TMAG’s ever popular school holiday program offers a range of activities across the full spectrum of TMAG’s collection and into the community’s wider interests and environments. See our Events page for our current program.

Family resources

Family resources

Young Collectors at TMAG

The Young Collectors case has been a popular part of TMAG’s displays for many years. There have been collections about dragons, sheep tags, bones and dominoes, even simply 'green things', amongst many others.

Do you have a collection that you would like to display and that would be interesting for other people to look at?

If so, please download the Young Collector's Application Form.


Pick up a free TMAG Tentacle Trail (PDF 3.5 MB) and see what you can discover on your next visit. Suitable for all ages, all exhibitions… and even beyond! Collect your copy at the Visitor Information Desk.

If seek and find is more your style, visit This Too Shall Pass and see if you can find all of the mystery artworks. This trail can be found in the This Too Shall Pass exhibition, or you can download it here. (PDF 3.9 MB)

Discovery Backpacks

Discovery backpacks are a free, in-gallery loan resource designed to help families explore specific areas of the museum in a fun, engaging and hands-on way. The backpacks are filled with objects, props, activities and resources across a number of subject areas including History, Art, Antarctic and Southern Ocean and Natural Sciences. Each backpack journey can take up to one hour and they are suitable for children aged 7-12 and their families. Backpacks can be collected from the Visitor Information Desk on entry.

Museum Toolkits

If you just need the basics for your visit to TMAG then pick up your personal ‘toolkit’ from the Visitor Information desk. The free loan toolkits include several ‘tools’ to assist younger visitors in making their museum discoveries. Toolkits are suitable for children aged 4-7.

The Art and Museum Carts

The Art Cart and Museum Cart are gallery-based interpretive resources for use by visitors in either guided or unstructured sessions. The Art Cart is primarily designed for use with art education staff to enhance programming using a creative mode of discovery, particularly the visual arts. The Museum Cart focuses more on a multisensory engagement with the wonder of objects. Both carts incorporate strong playful elements and create social learning environments for younger visitors. The carts were designed by Tasmanian artist Patrick Hall.

Early learning programs

Early learning programs

The Early Learning Program specifically focuses on children up to the age of 5 in recognition of the important role a museum environment can play in early childhood development.

Eye Spy

A dynamic one hour weekly program over three weeks, for young children and adults to explore, enjoy and discover the museum together and have fun playing with art. Eye Spy is designed for pre-school aged children aged 3-5. Younger siblings are also welcome to attend.

Stay tuned for the return of this program in 2023.

Curious Caterpillars Playgroup at TMAG

This is a playful introduction to the wonders of lifelong learning in an environment of curiosity and awe – your museum and art gallery. A five week program will be offered each term to a new group of children aged 1 to 3 years and their carers. Through stories, hands-on experiences with museum objects, active play and exploration, children and their carers will see TMAG as a place of delight. Themes explored across the five weeks will include Curious Caterpillars, Fur and Bones, Moon Birds, Cold as Ice, and Artists at Work.

Stay tuned for the return of this program in 2023.