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Visiting Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery in Hobart
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The Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery (TMAG) is a museum located in Hobart, Tasmania. The museum was established in 1843, by the Royal Society of Tasmania under the leadership of Sir John Franklin, the oldest Royal Society outside of England. The Museum's collections primarily focus upon the history of Tasmania through every era. When you're in Hobart, it is a must to do a Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery tour.

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Spend A Day To Enjoy The Things To Do At Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery

Spend A Day To Enjoy The Things To Do At Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery

1. The Exhibitions And Collections

1. The Exhibitions And Collections

Don't miss the permanent collections during your Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery tour. TMAG has the broadest collection mandate of any single institution in Australia. It promotes interaction with, and understanding of, the cultural and natural world for present and future generations. It achieves this by collecting and conserving material evidence of Tasmania's cultural heritage and biodiversity. The focus of collecting is on historical, scientific and artistic items. There are also temporary exhibitions that you can see during your Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery tour. You might have to pay for it, but it definitely is worth it. You need to check the Museum's website to see what they have at the temporary exhibitions before you visit.

2. Centre For Learning And Discovery

2. Centre For Learning And Discovery

TMAG's Centre for Learning and Discovery provides a range of programs and resources to help visitors get the best enjoyment and understanding from the museum and to help visitors of all ages engage with Tasmania's natural and cultural heritage. The programs fall broadly into four categories: formal education programs, family learning, community participation and general visitor programs. Most Centre for Learning and Discovery programs and resources are available free of charge, and guided learning programs are open to government and non-government schools. Bookings are required for all programs and group visits, and loan resources.

3.  Family Tour

3. Family Tour

Other things to do at Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery are the family tours. 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.

4.  Courtyard Cafe

4. Courtyard Cafe

The Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery has its very own little cafe, good for a coffee and a quick lunch whether you're visiting 'TMAG' or not. Go for the Thai chicken burger or the pulled pork on toasted sourdough with coleslaw, rocket and relish. A visit to the Courtyard Cafe is one of the most popular things to do at Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery.

5.  Museum Shop

5. Museum Shop

Located adjacent to the visitor information desk, the award-winning Museum Shop offers a range of gifts, home wares, books, toys, jewellery and artisan objects which showcase the museum's collections and heritage. It is a must thing to do at Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery when you visit, especially when all proceeds from wholesale purchases are used to assist with publications, museum programs and acquisitions.

Insider Tips

How to Get Tickets?

There is no entrance fee for Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery tour. However, Museum accepts donations if you want to help them. Some special or touring exhibitions may be ticketed, make sure you check them before visiting. Please note that all groups visiting the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery should book a minimum of two weeks in advance of your proposed visit date.

How To Get Around?

You can get around the Museum area by walking. There is level access to all public areas of the Museum and elevators are available for movement between levels. TMAG is also accessible by wheelchair. There are other nearby attractions that can be reached by just walking from the Museum. You can also find a bus stop located only 5 minutes walk from the Museum.

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Best Time to Visit

Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery tour can be enjoyed all year round. To avoid the crowd, go in the morning when it opens.


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Will I Need a Guide?

There is no tour guide service needed to enjoy the things to do at Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery. You can download a copy of our Vistor Guide and Map on the Museum's official website to help plan your visit. This website also provides all the important information to help your Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery tour.

How To Get There?

Pedestrian access to Dunn Place is available via the landscaped boulevard that connects Davey and Macquarie streets. You can also drive to the Museum, there is a metered parking available in the Hobart City Council car park located directly in front of TMAG's main entrance. Alternatively, Metro Tasmania operates several bus services that travel to and from the nearby Hobart City Bus Mall (a short, 5 minute walk from TMAG's main entrance).

Additional Info

For your comfort, the comfort of other visitors, and to ensure the safety of the TMAG collection, visitors may not eat or drink in the galleries beyond the Museum's Visitor Information desk. Smoking is also not allowed anywhere on TMAG property. Visitors who wish to smoke will need to exit on to Dunn Place to do so. Visitors are invited to take photographs for personal use within the Museum and Art Gallery unless otherwise indicated. Please note use of flash and tripods are not permitted. Another important thing to do before your Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery tour is to leave your backpacks, large bags, umbrellas, food and drink in the locker area prior to entry. A $2 coin is required to use the lockers, which is refunded at the end of your visit.

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