2011 News articles

Traversing Antarctica at TMAG

1 December 2011
Traversing Antarctica: the Australian Experience (Traversing Antarctica) officially began its national tour when it was opened at TMAG today by Minister for the Environment, Tony Burke MP.

We're a little bit smaller so we can get a whole lot bigger

19 November 2011
The construction phase for Stage 1 of TMAG’s redevelopment is now underway, with VOS Construction and Joinery (VOS) starting the main works on Monday, 21 November 2011.

To Catch a Tiger opens at TMAG

4 November 2011
James Newitt’s To Catch a Tiger, the third and final exhibition in TMAG’s Star/Dust series of contemporary art installations, has opened to the public.

Opportunity for Tasmanian artists

13 October 2011
Tasmanian artists have a unique opportunity to create a public artwork for the new entrance of the redeveloped Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery.

Primavera 2010 touring exhibition opens

7 October 2011
Primavera is the Museum of Contemporary Art’s (MCA) annual exhibition showcasing the work of Australian artists aged 35 and under

Recognising our invaluable volunteers

5 October 2011
The director of the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery (TMAG), Bill Bleathman, has paid tribute to the volunteers that provide essential services to the Museum.

Creatures bid farewell to their old museum home

27 September 2011
TMAG's favourite attractions have bid a temporary farewell to their long-time home in the Museum's Zoology Gallery.

School holidays at TMAG

2 September 2011
Even with our smaller museum we've got family-friendly exhibitions open which are ideal destinations for the September holidays.

New visitor entrance opens at 5 Argyle Street

1 September 2011
TMAG has re-opened its Argyle Street door as the main visitor entrance as part of its redevelopment.

Early closure Wednesday 31 August

30 August 2011
Please note the museum will close at 3pm on Wednesday 31st August.

Fob watch marks moment in history

25 August 2011
A fob watch belonging to the only Tasmanian to be prime minister, Joseph Lyons, has been donated to TMAG.

Last chance to visit the old TMAG

22 August 2011
Tasmanians are urged to take a last look at TMAG in its current form, before a large portion of the museum closes on 1 September 2011 for the start of the redevelopment Stage 1 works.

What's on the menu for feral cats?

18 August 2011
Researcher Bill Lazenby’s work looking at the stomach contents of feral cats might not be everyone’s cup of tea, but it’s an important part in protecting Tasmania’s native animals.

Become part of The Reading Room

5 August 2011
Bookworms and art lovers alike have a chance this Sunday (7 August) to be filmed reading for a favourite book as part of The Reading Room installation.

Fellowship allows Mark to shine

29 July 2011
Mark Colegrave is off overseas next year to learn about the latest Museum lighting technologies in the USA and Europe after securing a Churchill Fellowship.

Farewell to old old favourite

27 July 2011
We're throwing a party to farewell one of TMAG's most loved places: the Zoology Gallery.

City of Hobart Art Prize winners announced

22 July 2011

For only the second time in its 23 year history all of the major awards in the 2011 City of Hobart Art Prize have been won by Tasmanian artists. 

Plastering over TMAG's history

12 July 2011
When it comes to plastering jobs they don't come much more difficult than TMAG's former Maritime and Pacific Galleries.

Volcano Lover: a successful start to Star/Dust series

11 July 2011
TMAG is celebrating the success of Volcano Lover, the first exhibition in the Star/Dust series.

Celebrating NAIDOC week at TMAG

9 July 2011
Two Aboriginal artists have spent NAIDOC week at TMAG, educating young Tasmanians about indigenous culture and art. 

Meet the Botany Curator

8 July 2011

Dr. Miguel de Salas has joined the team at the Tasmanian Herbarium as the new Botany Curator.

First look at Stage One changes for Redevelopment

5 July 2011
The covers have come off images of the changes planned for Stage One of the Redevelopment project which gets underway this September.

The artist impressions provide a detailed glimpse at what key areas of TMAG will look like in 2013, when construction of Stage One finishes. 

C20 closes this weekend

24 June 2011
C20 - 100 years of Australian art from the TMAG collection - closes this Sunday (26 June). This major exhibition over three galleries brings together works by many of Australia's most significant artists and designers of the 20th century.

Markree House Museum and Garden opens to the public

11 June 2011
After three years of registration and cataloguing, planning and research, the Markree House Museum and Garden (Markree) was opened today by Premier Lara Giddings at the first of a series of free public tours of the museum.

Opening Weekend of the Markree House Museum

27 May 2011
To celebrate the opening of the Markree House Museum & Garden, the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery invites you to enjoy an exclusive, free guided tour of the museum and garden.

Another week, another gallery

11 May 2011
This week our staff are busy removing objects from the Wong gallery in preparation for the start of the redevelopment work in September.

Extreme photos unveiled at TMAG

6 May 2011
Photography buffs can now view the 20 photographs vying for one of the Extreme Environment Photography Competition.

Meet the registrar: Philippa Cox

5 May 2011
The TMAG registrar is at the pointy end of knowing what is where when it comes to the 830,000 objects that make up the State Collection TMAG is charged with maintaining.

Dombrovskis legacy remembered at TMAG

19 April 2011
Renowned photographer and conservationist, Peter Dombrovskis is being commemorated at the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery (TMAG) through a collection of his rafting and photographic equipment.

Harry Murray medals on display for ANZAC Day

14 April 2011
The museum will open on ANZAC Day, to allow visitors access to a collection of important military memorabilia as part of commemorations.

Play a part in the future of the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery

13 April 2011
The Redevelopment team charged with making the new Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery (TMAG) a reality, is searching for a curator.

TMAG receives gift of John May medals

13 April 2011
The Director of the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, Bill Bleathman, said today the museum was honoured to receive a Tasmanian World War II chaplain’s collection of military medals.

Animal ark the love of our latest young collector

12 April 2011
Layne Pepper’s collection of Schleich animals is now on display in our Discovery Space. Layne has more than 140 of the hand-painted animals in her collection,

Shipping gallery sets sail as redevelopment preparations continue

8 April 2011
Our hard working redevelopment team has this week turned its attention to the Pacific and Shipping Galleries, preparing them for September when construction and renovations begin.

TMAG's creative minds busy preparing new displays

6 April 2011
Our creative content team is busy developing the displays and exhibitions that will feature in the galleries when they re-open in early 2013.

Meet the art curator: Bryony Nainby

31 March 2011
Bryony Nainby has joined our curatorial team where she'll be working as Senior Curator of Art (Contemporary Art).

Celebrating Australia's finest soldier

31 March 2011
A collection of medals and memorabilia belonging to Australia’s most decorated soldier, Harry Murray, has gone on display at the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery (TMAG).

White building open for business

30 March 2011
An amazing effort from TMAG staff has seen a new conservation lab opened at our Moonah facility.

Family Day in the Lab this Sunday (March 27)

25 March 2011
Want to make your own volcano? Want to explore their dynamic geology? Want to bubble up your own experiments? Head to TMAG this Sunday (27 March) for our Family Day in the Lab.

All hands on deck for redevelopment preparations

23 March 2011
We've embarked on a busy schedule of Early Works to prepare for the start of construction in September, and everyone is playing a part.

Volcano Lover opens with an eruption of colour, light and sound

17 March 2011
Volcano Lover, part of the new contemporary art series Star/Dust, promises visitors an sensational experience of colour, light and sound.

Making room for redevelopment

15 March 2011
One of the crucial tasks in preparing for the redevelopment is finding room somewhere for many of our objects to go during construction.

Celebrating TMAG's coolest gallery

7 March 2011
7 March marks 5 years since our remarkable Antarctic gallery - Islands to Ice: the Great Southern Ocean and Antarctica- opened its doors to the world (and more than 1.5 million people). 

Last chance to farewell a (really) old TMAG favourite

4 March 2011
This weekend ( 5 & 6 March) is your last chance to say farewell to a really, really old member of the TMAG family with our much-loved muttaburrasaurus being removed as redevelopment work commences.

ARTaid@TMAG 2011 a great success

1 March 2011
ARTaid@TMAG 2011, the charity exhibition coordinated by our volunteer art guides, has raised more than $18,000 for disaster relief. 

TMAG redevelopment gets underway

25 February 2011
The Premier and Minister for the Arts, Lara Giddings, today announced the start of work for the $30 million first stage of the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery (TMAG) redevelopment.

More to discover at TMAG in 2011

1 January 2011
New programming will be introduced this year, including ‘Eye Spy’ a dynamic program for young children and adults to explore, enjoy and learn about the museum together. Star/dust will be launched in March (more below) and an ‘Art Cart’ and a ‘Museum Cart’ will both be in development this year.