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Bonjour Expeditioner!

Open date : 24-08-2022   Close date : 25-09-2022

An exhibition of images and postcards by French expeditioners and Hobart school children. Presented by Antarctic Tasmania and the Tasmanian Polar Network.

Australian Antarctic Festival at TMAG

Open date : 25-08-2022   Close date : 04-09-2022

See these two special exhibitions on show at TMAG as part of the Australian Antarctic Festival.

Gay Hawkes: The House of Longing

Open date : 18-03-2022   Close date : 28-08-2022

An exhibition showcasing the work of nationally respected Tasmanian furniture maker, sculptor and artist Gay Hawkes.

TMAG’s Chair Factory

Open date : 04-06-2022   Close date : 21-08-2022

Complementing the temporary exhibition Gay Hawkes: The House of Longing, is a pop-up art activation space, TMAG’s Chair Factory.

Beaker Street Science Photography Prize 2022

Open date : 05-08-2022   Close date : 21-08-2022

Come along to view the stunning finalist photographs in this wonderful annual competition, and vote for your favourite to become the People's Choice Winner.

The Wedding Dress: An Australian TV Icon

Open date : 24-06-2022   Close date : 31-07-2022

A display showcasing a touchstone of Australian popular culture, Charlene’s wedding dress from soap opera Neighbours as worn by Kylie Minogue, celebrating the 35th anniversary of an iconic TV moment.

Made/Worn: Australian Contemporary Jewellery

Open date : 18-03-2022   Close date : 15-05-2022

An Australian Design Centre major touring exhibition presenting 22 outstanding contemporary jewellers working in Australia now.

Sidney Nolan's Ned Kelly Series

Open date : 29-10-2021   Close date : 20-02-2022

A travelling exhibition from the National Gallery of Australia featuring one of the greatest series of Australian paintings of the 20th century, Sidney Nolan's Ned Kelly series.

Works from the TMAG Collection

Open date : 26-11-2021   Close date : 20-02-2022

A presentation of photography and video works from the TMAG Collection across three temporary exhibition galleries, highlighting three artists: Ricky Maynard, Anne Ferran and Joan Ross.

Ecology Studies (Adrift Lab)

Open date : 05-04-2021   Close date : 11-02-2022

A long-term performance in which Tasmanian artist Lucienne Rickard will draw a large tableau of flesh-footed shearwater and her family memories, embedded alongside the landscape of Lord Howe Island, continuing her expression of urgent concern for the natural world and our impacts on it.

The Miseries of War: 1618 and 1914

Open date : 27-08-2021   Close date : 07-11-2021

An exhibition featuring etchings and photolithography by Jacques Callot (1592-1635) and George Grosz (1893-1959), depicting the horrors of the Thirty Years War (1618-1648) and the First World War (1914-1918).

Never Grow Old: 40 Years of Terrapin

Open date : 29-09-2021   Close date : 31-10-2021

An exhibition celebrating Tasmanian theatre company Terrapin Puppet Theatre’s 40th anniversary.

Paradise Lost: Thomas Griffiths Wainewright

Open date : 11-06-2021   Close date : 03-10-2021

A richly-layered exhibition that combines the luscious world of European Romanticism, Tasmania’s oppressive convict history, and Thomas Griffiths Wainewright’s intriguing paintings, portraits and narrative sketches

2021 Australian of the Year Awards

Open date : 13-08-2021   Close date : 26-09-2021

An exhibition of significant objects chosen by the eight extraordinary 2021 Australian of the Year state and territory recipients, including Tasmania’s Grace Tame, that reveal meaningful stories about their lives, aspirations and experiences.

Beaker Street Science Photography Prize 2021

Open date : 06-08-2021   Close date : 29-08-2021

Come along to view the stunning finalist photographs in this wonderful annual competition, and vote for your favourite to become the People's Choice Winner.

Haenyeo: the sea women of Jeju Island

Open date : 07-05-2021   Close date : 06-06-2021

A photographic exhibition showcasing a remarkable community of women divers from South Korea, who harvest the seas sustainably around Jeju Island.

Hobart Current: Liberty

Open date : 12-03-2021   Close date : 09-05-2021

Hobart Current is a major biennial program presented in partnership between the City of Hobart and TMAG, with Liberty its inaugural exhibition.

Frank Hurley Photography Awards

Open date : 12-02-2021   Close date : 28-02-2021

An exhibition of finalists and winners in this international contest to find the best in recent adventure and nature photography, inspired by iconic Australian photographer Frank Hurley

Discovering the Flora of Wind Song: Botanical Art and Science

Open date : 04-12-2020   Close date : 28-02-2021

Works by artists from the group Botaniko, inspired by their time accompanying TMAG botanists on the 2017 Expedition of Discovery to Wind Song on Tasmania’s East Coast.

Around the World in 80 Objects

Open date : 11-12-2020   Close date : 21-02-2021

An exciting and intriguing display of objects from Asia, Africa, Europe, Oceania and the Americas, representing all of TMAG's diverse collections.

David Keeling: Stranger

Open date : 20-11-2020   Close date : 14-02-2021

A survey exhibition featuring the work of critically acclaimed Australian artist David Keeling, who has spent nearly 40 years exploring Tasmania and its narratives, past and present.

Lucienne Rickard: Extinction Studies

Extinction Studies

Open date : 06-09-2019   Close date : 24-01-2021

A performance work highlighting the critical issue of species extinction, that sees Tasmanian artist Lucienne Rickard draw and then erase recently-extinct plant and animal species in TMAG's Link Foyer.

Exquisite Habits: the Botanical Art of Stephanie Dean

Open date : 23-06-2020   Close date : 22-11-2020

An exhibition showcasing the work of Launceston-born artist Stephanie Dean, who has devoted her life to painting Tasmania’s unique native flora.

West: Out on the Edge

Open date : 06-12-2019   Close date : 18-10-2020

TMAG presents a captivating new multidisciplinary exhibition exploring Tasmania's distinctive, complex and compelling – yet elusive – west.

Beaker Street Science Photography Prize

Open date : 22-08-2020   Close date : 20-09-2020

Come along to view the stunning finalist photographs in this wonderful annual competition, and vote for your favourite to become the People's Choice Winner.

Captured Moments: Photographs by Jackie Robinson

Open date : 06-12-2019   Close date : 26-04-2020

Look closely into photographs captured by amateur photographer John (Jackie) Robinson in Tasmania's west in the early 20th century and discover the hardships, the joy and the unique nature of living in this rugged environment.

The Change Room

Open date : 07-02-2020   Close date : 29-03-2020

An exhibition celebrating the contribution and achievements of Tasmanian sporting women and girls, and bringing to light the lesser known stories of sporting excellence and the people behind the games.

Hobiennale 2019: Here Lies Lies

Open date : 15-11-2019   Close date : 23-11-2019

Outer Space (QLD) presents this exhibition by artist Mandy Quadrio at TMAG as part of Hobiennale 2019.

Julie Gough: Tense Past

Julie Gough: Tense Past

Open date : 07-06-2019   Close date : 03-11-2019

This major exhibition by renowned Tasmanian Aboriginal artist Julie Gough interrogates colonial history and the impact of colonisation on Tasmania’s first people—then and now.

Making Marks: A Celebration of Children's Art 2019

Open date : 25-09-2019   Close date : 13-10-2019

An exhibition of very young Tasmanian children’s art, from birth to four years, showcasing their ideas through their mark making. It celebrates, nurtures and supports the voice of the child through art.

Geoff Dyer: Portraits

Open date : 26-07-2019   Close date : 06-10-2019

Geoff Dyer is well known in Tasmania as a landscape painter, however few people know that he has also painted portraits, often for the Archibald Prize at the Art Gallery of New South Wales.

Chapman's Hobart

Open date : 09-08-2019   Close date : 29-09-2019

A selection of sketches by Thomas Evans Chapman (1788-1864) of Hobart in the 1840s and ’50s.

Moth 6 (detail), 2019, Joel Crosswell,  ink and charcoal on paper

Dirty Paper

Open date : 15-02-2019   Close date : 14-07-2019

Dirty Paper features five Tasmanian artists who have created and curated new works in response to the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery (TMAG) collection

Simpkinson’s Hobart

Open date : 21-03-2019   Close date : 16-06-2019

A selection of F G Simpkinson de Wesselow’s watercolours painted en plein air around Hobart between 1845 and 1848 is on show, with a panorama of Hobart Town in 1848 as the centrepiece. Presented in conjunction with the Royal Society of Tasmania in celebration of their 175th anniversary.

Dinosaur rEvolution: Secrets of Survival

Open date : 07-12-2018   Close date : 05-05-2019

Journey back millions of years to a time when fearsome beasts stalked the earth!

The Mission: Michael Cook

Open date : 27-07-2018   Close date : 29-01-2019

This exhibition showcases Australian artist Michael Cook's photographic work The Mission, which traces the journey of an Aboriginal woman from her homeland to a Christian mission.

Modern Age

Open date : 01-03-2013   Close date : 01-01-2019

The 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.

Thomas Bock

Open date : 17-08-2018   Close date : 11-11-2018

An exhibition dedicated to the work of Thomas Bock, one of the most important artists working in Australia during the colonial years.

The National Picture: the art of Tasmania's Black War

Open date : 17-08-2018   Close date : 11-11-2018

An exhibition shining a light on two enthralling yet under-examined figures in Australian history: colonial artist Benjamin Duterrau and the ‘Conciliator’ George Augustus Robinson.

Antarctic Photography Exhibition

Open date : 02-08-2018   Close date : 19-08-2018

A biannual exhibition of works created as part of the Australian Antarctic Festival's Antarctic Photography Competition.

A Journey to Freedom

Open date : 08-06-2018   Close date : 29-07-2018

A new contemporary art exhibition guest curated by Swiss curator Barbara Polla together with Olivier Varenne and Mary Knights as part of Dark Mofo 2018.

Lola Greeno: Cultural Jewels

Open date : 01-06-2018   Close date : 22-07-2018

An Australian Design Centre touring exhibition celebrating the work and career of award-winning Tasmanian Aboriginal shell necklace maker Lola Greeno.


Open date : 09-02-2018   Close date : 01-07-2018

Featuring significant Australian art from the late 20th century and early 21st century, donated to TMAG by Richard and Anna Green through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts program.

10 objects – 10 stories: celebrating community collections

Open date : 23-03-2018   Close date : 13-05-2018

This exhibition showcases the remarkable stories and cultural heritage held by community museums around Tasmania.

Celebrating Young Collectors

Open date : 15-03-2018   Close date : 11-05-2018

This display celebrates TMAG's Young Collectors program, revisiting two young collectors who have previously shown their collections at the museum, along with three new young collectors.

The Remarkable Tasmanian Devil

Open date : 08-12-2017   Close date : 06-05-2018

Gain a fresh perspective on Australia’s largest marsupial carnivore, the Tasmanian devil, in this exciting natural history exhibition.

Balnhdhurr – A Lasting Impression

Open date : 15-12-2017   Close date : 12-03-2018

A touring exhibition exploring the ancient craft of printmaking, featuring vibrant and historically significant works by Australian indigenous artists.


Open date : 08-09-2017   Close date : 03-12-2017

A Newcastle Museum travelling exhibition showcasing children’s author and artist Jeannie Baker's latest picture book, Circle.

Strange Trees

Open date : 11-08-2017   Close date : 26-11-2017

Strange Trees brings together Tasmanian art works of “peculiar” trees spanning the colonial and contemporary periods, demonstrating a continuing fascination with the island’s trees and the mysteries they uphold.

Hobiennale 2017

Open date : 04-11-2017   Close date : 12-11-2017

TMAG is a partner venue for this new festival, which brings together artist-run initiatives and emerging artists from across Australia and New Zealand.

The Derwent

Open date : 28-07-2017   Close date : 05-11-2017

The Derwent exhibition explores Tasmania's Derwent River system and its complex natural and cultural histories though video and photography.

Inscription and Place

Open date : 22-06-2017   Close date : 22-10-2017

A display presenting a poetic exploration of place, family and objects told through contemporary jewellery.

Make Your Mark: Home

Open date : 04-10-2017   Close date : 22-10-2017

This exhibition presents the works of young people from the Hobart, Glenorchy, Waratah-Wynyard and Circular Head municipalities, focusing on the theme of ‘home’ through the medium of 3D sculptural media.

Winnie-the-Pooh and friends

Open date : 21-04-2017   Close date : 20-08-2017

This exhibition presents a selection of original drawings for the much loved illustrations by British artist Ernest Howard Shepard (1879-1976) for the classic children’s books Winnie-the-Pooh and Wind in the Willows.

The Art of Science: Baudin’s Voyagers 1800 – 1804

Open date : 07-04-2017   Close date : 09-07-2017

An exhibition showcasing original sketches and paintings created by Nicolas Baudin’s artists Charles-Alexandre Lesueur and Nicolas-Martin Petit during the voyage of 1800-1804.

kanalaritja: An Unbroken String

Open date : 09-12-2016   Close date : 21-05-2017

An exhibition offering a unique glimpse into shell stringing, one of the most culturally significant and closely guarded traditions of the Tasmanian Aboriginal community.

Patricia Giles: A World of My Own

Open date : 20-01-2017   Close date : 09-04-2017

This exhibition features a series of stunning watercolours of Tasmania’s East Coast by much-loved Tasmanian artist Patricia Giles.

Full Void

Open date : 17-03-2017   Close date : 08-04-2017

An exhibition of charcoal drawings by Mary Scott and David Edgar, presented as part of Ten Days on the Island 2017.

One Hell of an Inferno: The 1967 Tasmanian Bushfires

Open date : 16-12-2016   Close date : 19-03-2017

This exhibition tells the story of the 1967 Tasmanian bushfires, why they occurred, their impact on people, communities and the environment, and how they could happen again.

The Early Dutch Explorers

Open date : 09-02-2017   Close date : 05-03-2017

Discover the extraordinary history of the 17th Century Dutch explorers who charted the Southern Ocean and The Great South Land.


Open date : 10-06-2016   Close date : 20-11-2016

A major new art exhibition conceived and developed by internationally acclaimed curator Juliana Engberg. With its roots in the Shakespearean play of the same name, Tempest will transform TMAG’s galleries into a world of shipwrecks and stormy seas, romance, discovery, tragedy and magic.

Antarctic Photography Exhibition

Open date : 02-09-2016   Close date : 18-09-2016

See stunning images of Antarctica and the Southern Ocean, finalists in the Australian Antarctic Festival's Antarctic Photography Competition, and cast your vote in the People’s Choice Award.

Snapshot Photography and Migrant Women: A Tasmanian Experience

Open date : 18-03-2016   Close date : 22-05-2016

Hear the fascinating stories of the thousands of migrant women from Britain and Europe who arrived in Tasmania post-war, through their snapshots and their own voices retelling their experiences.

Pattern Play

Open date : 18-12-2015   Close date : 15-05-2016

An interactive family exhibition celebrating the wonderful world of patterns, incorporating two exhibitions: Jemima Wyman: Pattern Bandits and Patterns in Nature.

Where Science Meets Art: The Botanical Illustrations of Rod Seppelt

Open date : 22-01-2016   Close date : 01-05-2016

Professor Rod Seppelt of the Tasmanian Herbarium is one of Australia's most accomplished botanical illustrators, and this exhibition presents several of his illustrations of bryophytes (mosses and liverworts).

Make Your Mark: Death

Open date : 11-03-2016   Close date : 30-03-2016

This exhibition presents the works of young people from the Central Coast, Devonport, George Town, Brighton and Glenorchy municipalities, focusing on the theme of ‘death’ through the medium of ephemeral art.

The Suspense is Awful: Tasmania and the Great War

Open date : 17-04-2015   Close date : 28-02-2016

This exhibition commemorates the role Tasmanians played in World War I and the impact the war had on Tasmanian society.

Panoramic Views

Open date : 26-09-2015   Close date : 17-01-2016

This exhibition features panoramas selected from TMAG's 19th century colonial watercolours and drawings collection.

Make Your Mark: Respect

Open date : 12-11-2015   Close date : 29-11-2015

An exhibition presenting Tasmanian young peoples' perspectives on issues that matter to them, through the medium of electronic art.

City of Hobart Art Prize 2015

Open date : 18-09-2015   Close date : 29-11-2015

The City of Hobart Art Prize 2015 presents a broad survey contemporary art exhibition from a national perspective in the media of ceramics and drawing.

Palfreyman's Pharmacy Display

Open date : 24-07-2015   Close date : 22-11-2015

This display recreates the well-known Palfreyman's Pharmacy, located on the corner of Burnett and Elizabeth Streets in North Hobart from 1912 until 1973.

50th Anniversary of Winston Churchill Fellowships in Tasmania

Open date : 08-10-2015   Close date : 24-10-2015

This exhibition celebrates the efforts of 191 Tasmanians who have travelled the world since 1965 as part of the Winston Churchill Fellowship scheme.

Beyond Woop Woop: John Kelly's Antarctic Paintings

Open date : 12-06-2015   Close date : 20-09-2015

This exhibition presents the paintings created by Australian artist John Kelly when he travelled to Antarctica in 2013  supported by an Australian Antarctic Arts Fellowship.

Things I Once Knew: The Art of Patrick Hall

Open date : 20-03-2015   Close date : 30-08-2015

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.


Open date : 23-01-2015   Close date : 31-05-2015

This exhibition celebrates 21 years of service by the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery's Volunteer Art Guides.

164 Not Out! Tasmanian Cricket Treasures

Open date : 27-02-2015   Close date : 29-03-2015

A display of items and trophies from the history of Tasmanian cricket, to coincide with the ICC Cricket World Cup matches in Hobart during March 2015.

George Davis: Master Draughtsman

Open date : 06-12-2014   Close date : 01-03-2015

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

Jorg Schmeisser: Antarctic Prints

Open date : 06-12-2014   Close date : 01-03-2015

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

Transplantation: a Sense of Place and Culture

Open date : 09-10-2014   Close date : 18-01-2015

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

City of Hobart Art Prize 2014

Open date : 27-09-2014   Close date : 23-11-2014

The City of Hobart Art Prize 2014 presents a broad survey contemporary art exhibition from a national perspective in the media of glass and printmaking.

Bush Blitz In Focus: Discovering New Species in Tasmania

Open date : 31-07-2014   Close date : 05-10-2014

Learn how TMAG's zoologists and botanists are discovering new species in Tasmania as part of the Bush Blitz Program, and see some wonderful images of these fascinating plants and animals.

Pat Brassington: À Rebours

Open date : 30-05-2014   Close date : 14-09-2014

A survey of works by leading Tasmanian photo-based artist Pat Brassington.

Make Your Mark: Freedom

Open date : 19-07-2014   Close date : 03-08-2014

A vibrant exhibition of youth art revealing the journeys that led to five street art murals being erected in public sites in the greater Hobart region.

Yin Xiuzhen: Washing River 2014

Open date : 20-06-2014   Close date : 06-07-2014

During Dark Mofo 2014, leading Chinese contemporary artist Yin Xiuzhen will build a wall of ice on the Hobart waterfront, using frozen water from the River Derwent.

Drawn With Intent

Open date : 18-12-2013   Close date : 22-06-2014

The second exhibition looking at the drawings of Australian artists from TMAG's extensive collection, featuring work largely from the 1970s and 1980s.

Capital and country: the Federation years 1900 - 1914

Open date : 14-03-2014   Close date : 11-05-2014

A travelling exhibition of paintings from the national collection, developed as the National Gallery of Australia's gift to the nation in celebration of Federation and the centenary of the Federal Capital in 2013.

Mawson's Men

Open date : 21-01-2014   Close date : 04-03-2014

This photographic exhibition remembers and acknowledges 'Mawson's Men', including those who lost their lives so far from home.

Tatts in Tasmania

Open date : 13-12-2013   Close date : 23-02-2014

This exhibition recognises the history of a successful Australian company that grew from a strong Tasmanian base and whose lottery became a national institution.

Acts of Exposure

Open date : 14-12-2013   Close date : 23-02-2014

This exhibition features work by Tasmanian artists Leigh Hobba and Michael Schlitz, and NSW artist Mark Shorter, and is a joint initiative of TMAG and Contemporary Art Tasmania to promote contemporary artists.