Primary K-6

All primary school programs are designed specifically for primary aged students in years K-6 and are delivered by TMAG's Learning and Discovery specialists. Primary school programs are available in a range of disciplines that complement TMAG exhibitions including Tasmanian Aboriginal culture, the Antarctic, art and the natural sciences and range from 45 minutes to 2 hours in duration. General museum programs are also available.

Bookings are essential for all guided programs, and further information about planning your primary school group visit is available through our Bookings page.

The 2015 Learning Program is listed below. A complete 2015 Learning Program brochure is now available to download (PDF 2.6 MB)

Subject Areas

General museum





Natural sciences


General museum programs

Discover Your Museum and Art Gallery
What is it? Is it real? How is it stuffed? How old is it? Can we touch it? This interactive program includes a tour of TMAG's site, uses a variety of objects and materials, and offers an introduction to collections, conservation and interpretation. A good introduction to all other museum programs.

Duration: 1 hour
Suitable for all grades


Aboriginal programs

Introductory Tour of ningina tunapri 

This program introduces students to the ningina tunapri gallery and highlights key stories and objects, letting the students explore the exhibition displays that appeal to them personally. 

Duration: 1 hour
Suitable for all grades

Introductory Tour of Our land: Parrawa, Parrawa! Go away!
Dealing with the invasion of lutruwita (Tasmania) and the Black War between 1823 and 1831, this program looks at 'first contact' from both sides of this difficult story. 

Duration: 1 hour 
Suitable for Upper Primary and Secondary students

milaythina makara takila-ti 
A unique hands-on program for students presented by Tasmanian Aboriginal community members and TMAG staff. Following in the tradition of our very successful ballawinne and Unbroken String programs, milaythina makara takila-ti 'Country forever in our hearts' focusses on Aboriginal sites and cultural landscapes and includes time in the ningina tunapri Tasmanian Aboriginal gallery, as well as a hands-on component.  

Duration: 2 hours 
Term 2: 16 – 19 June, NAIDOC week special 30 June – 3 July  (not offered in Terms 3 or 4)
Suitable for Upper Primary and Lower Secondary students. Limited numbers per school. More information in this flyer.

Aboriginal Students' Program 
In conjunction with the Catholic Education Office, TMAG continues to offer unique programs to Tasmanian Aboriginal students that enrich cultural understanding and appreciation. Delivered by Tasmanian Aboriginal community members and TMAG staff. Enquires should be directed to the Catholic Education Office.

NAIDOC program: see milaythina makara takila-ti description above. Celebrate Country, Culture and Creativity in this year's NAIDOC program by deepening your understanding of all these themes.  More information in this flyer.

Duration: 2 hours
Term 2: 30 June – 3 July

Suitable for Upper Primary and Lower Secondary students. Limited numbers per school


Antarctic programs 

Introductory tour of Islands to Ice

Where is Antarctica? How big is it? Tasmania's backyard is the wild Southern Ocean, remote sub-Antarctic islands and the icy expanse of Antarctica. This introductory tour provides students with an overview of the connections between Tasmania and the far south and highlights real specimens and artefacts that would otherwise be inaccessible. This program is a prerequisite for all other Antarctic programs.

Duration: 1 hour
Suitable for all grades

Life in the Freezer: A Day in the Life of Antarctic and Southern Ocean Animals
What is it like living in the coldest region of the world? How has the amazing wildlife, such as the Wandering albatross, Emperor penguin, Weddell seal and krill, adapted to the environment? Discover who eats who, and the complex food web that exists in the Southern Ocean. This program involves students conducting guided research within the Islands to Ice exhibition.

Duration: 1.5 hours
Term 2: 28 – 29 July, 4 – 5 August
Suitable for Primary students


Art programs

Drawn from the Collection: Drawing as a Way of Seeing
An introductory program using drawing to examine, understand and respond to museum and art gallery experiences. Teachers choose the thematic focus of the program by indicating the exhibitions they wish to visit. Combining information with art-making, this program guides students through a range of rewarding and thought-provoking observational and interpretive drawing activities and discussions.

Duration: 1 hour
Suitable for: Primary students

Let's Talk Art
What do you see? How does it make you feel? What's your opinion and why? This program supports children's own interpretations through practicing looking at, responding to and discussing art in the galleries. Our Art Educator will take your group on a guided tour that actively explores language, concepts and art works appropriate to your grade level while encountering some of TMAG's most iconic artworks along the way.

Duration: 1 hour
Suitable for Primary students

Literacy Through Art: for EAL
This specialised program uses the TMAG collection as stimulus for developing literacy in a relaxed and inspiring environment. Involves hands-on art making, discussion, writing and reading. Offered as vocabulary-focused sessions to complement and reinforce key content areas studied in English as an Additional Language (EAL) courses. Sessions are one-off bookings or thematic series by negotiation. 

Session topics: Faces, The Body, Clothes, Animals, Actions, Colours and Shapes, Food, Kitchen, The Home.

Duration: 1.5 hours
Suitable for: EAL students, all ages

Character Pieces: an exploration of Things I Once Knew
Tasmanian artist Patrick Hall makes furniture so full of stories that they could almost be characters in themselves! Explore whimsical worlds encased in handcrafted objects, which are more like 3D storybooks than typical pieces of furniture. Back in the studio students will design their own piece of furniture imbued with personality and metaphor.

Duration: 1.5 hours
Term 1 and 2: 19 March – 30 August
Suitable for Primary student


History programs

Introductory Tour of 19th Century Tasmania
This guided program introduces students to the historic Bond Store before exploring the colonial history galleries within. Our land: Encountering an upside down world explores how the new arrivals worked to make sense of their strange new home. Our changing land: Creating Tasmania explores the ideas and objects that came to transform Van Diemen's Land into Tasmania. Both galleries focus on the changes that occurred and which continue to shape Tasmania today.

Duration: 1 hour
Suitable for all grades

Colonial Hobart Comes Alive
Why was Sullivan's Cove the preferred site for Hobart Town in 1804? How did British settlement impact upon Tasmanian Aboriginal people? Explore these questions and more in this interactive program. Students will work around a large floor map of Sullivan's Cove, set up camp, commence building the town, handle historical objects and consider how 19th century colonial history has affected and shaped Tasmania today. Students will also explore the colonial history galleries in the historic Bond Store which played a pivotal role in the Hobart Town story.

Duration: 2 hours
Suitable for upper Primary grades

Term 2: 2, 3, 4, 5 June FULL
Term 3: 25, 26, 27, 28 August FULL
Times: 9:30 am – 11:30 am and 12:30 pm – 2:30pm

World War I: Tasmanians at Home 
This program explores the exhibition The Suspense is Awful: Tasmania and the Great War. With thousands of men half a world away fighting in the trenches of Europe, how did the people of Tasmania cope? Students will explore the stories of grieving families searching for missing sons and explore the divisive debates around conscription during the war. The program will also explore why the young Aboriginal men of Cape Barren and Flinders Island signed up to fight in such numbers, at the very time they were denied their rights as citizens. 100 years later, what is the legacy of World War I for Tasmania?

Duration: 1.5 hours
Suitable for upper Primary

Term 2: 5, 6, 7, 8 May
Term 3: 15, 16, 17 September 
Term 4: 10, 11, 12, 13 November
Times: 10:00 am – 11:30 am and 12:30 pm – 2:00pm


Natural sciences programs

Introductory Tour of Earth and Life

Students will meet some of the locals as they discover Tasmania's unique combination of geology, flora and fauna. This program is a prerequisite for the Threatened Species on an Island Ark program. 

Duration: 1 hour
Suitable for all grades

Threatened Species on an Island Ark 
Tasmania is a refuge for a living cargo of plants and animals, many of which are found nowhere else on earth. But what happens when your island home is under pressure from climate change, habitat destruction and feral pests, and there's nowhere else to go?

Duration: 1.5 hours
Term 3: 8 – 11 September
Suitable for all grades

National Science Week 2015
Festival of Bright Ideas
Princes Wharf No 1, Castray Esplanade, Salamanca, Hobart
Schools Day: Friday 14 August 9:00 am – 3:00 pm (suitable for middle school grades)
Public Day: Saturday 15 August 9:00 am – 4:00 pm (suitable for all visitors)

Spark Up Your Wildlife
Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery

Join TMAG staff to discover how animals use their own ancient electrical powers to survive. Find out about electro-reception in animals such as platypus and spiders. It's a hair raising story. Find out more here.


All visits to TMAG require booking a minimum of two weeks prior to your visit. Alternative and times may need to be considered. All visits are free unless otherwise indicated.
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Please note that exhibition and program dates may change without notice.