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 complete 2014 Learning Program is now available to download (PDF 2.1 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 the site, uses a variety of objects and materials, and offers an introduction to collections, conservation and interpretation. This program is a good prerequisite for all other museum programs.

Duration: 1 hour
Suitable for all grades

Drawing on the collections: using drawing as a way of seeing
Drawing offers powerful ways of understanding experience. In this program students will draw within the galleries, making their observations and responses visible, and engaging in lively discussion. This program can be run in most galleries and is an excellent way to enhance students’ experience of their museum visit.

Duration: 1 hour
Suitable for all grades


Aboriginal programs

Introductory tour of ningina tunapri - Tasmanian Aboriginal exhibition
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!
This is the title of our exhibition dealing with the invasion of lutruwita – Tasmania, and the Black War between 1823 and 1831. This program looks at first contact and both sides of this difficult story.

Duration: 1 hour.
Suitable for Upper Primary

Unbroken String
This unique hands-on program links the Our land: parrawa, parrawa! Go away! exhibition, which deals with the invasion of lutruwita-Tasmania and the Black War (1823-1831), with the ningina tunapri Tasmanian Aboriginal exhibition which explores the 40,000 year ongoing journey of Tasmanian Aboriginal people and celebrates all Tasmanian Aboriginal generations.

Presented by Tasmanian Aboriginal community members and TMAG staff, this program links past and present, and features the stories of some of the Tasmanian Aboriginal people who have fought to keep culture, community and connection to country strong.  Unbroken String includes time in both exhibitions and a hands-on component involving the creation of a twined timeline which integrates cultural and historical elements. This follows in the tradition of our very successful ballawinne and milaythina mana-mapali programs.

Duration: 2 hours.
Suitable for Upper Primary 
Dates for 2014
Term 3. 1 - 4 Sept
Times: 9:30 am – 11:30 am, 12:30 pm – 2:30 pm.

Limit of 2 classes per school.

Aboriginal Students' program
In conjunction with the Catholic Education Office, unique programs continue to be offered to Tasmanian Aboriginal students to enrich cultural understanding and appreciation. Delivered by Tasmanian Aboriginal community members and TMAG staff. Enquires through Catholic Education Office.

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 short 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 grades: All ages


Art programs

Art and Literacy
This specialised program uses visual art as a stimulus and a tool for expanding literacy in a relaxed and inspiring environment. Involving discussion, drawing, writing and reading the thematic focus and structure of the program is tailored to the needs of participants. Particularly relevant to students for whom English is an additional language, or those undertaking other literacy support programs.

Duration: 1 hour.
Suitable for all ages.

Temporary Art Exhibition programs

2014 City of Hobart Art Prize Guided tours: on show 27 September - 23 November 2014
The City of Hobart Art Prize is now in its 26th year. This year it will showcase exceptional contemporary artworks in glass and print from across Australia.
Take an interpretive tour of the exhibition with AccessArt Educator. Includes opportunities for visual response.

Duration: 1 hour.
Suitable for Primary


History programs

Introductory tour of 19th century Tasmania
This program introduces students to the new Bond Store galleries; Our changing land: Creating Tasmania and Our land: Encountering an upside down world. Both galleries focus on 19th century Tasmania and the discoveries and changes that occurred.

Duration: 1 hour
Suitable for all grades.

Colonial history comes alive.
A hands on interactive program in which students will be encouraged to make personal connections within an historical context, handle objects and consider how 19th century colonial history has affected and shaped the Tasmania of today.

Duration: 1.5 hour.
Suitable for Primary grades.

Dates for 2014
Term 3: 15 – 18 Sept.
Times: 10:00am – 11:30am, 12:30pm – 2:00pm

Hobart Town journey - a Tasmanian colonial history program
Why was Sullivan's Cove the preferred site for Hobart Town in 1804? How did English settlement impact upon Tasmanian Aboriginal people? What was life like in the first decade of Colonial settlement? All these questions and more are explored in this program. Students will work around a large floor map of Sullivan's Cove, set up camp, commence building the town, and learn what life was really like.

Duration: 2 hours
Suitable for grades 3 - 6

Dates for 2014 
Term 4: 5 – 6 Nov.
Times 9:30am – 11:30am, 12:30pm – 2:30pm


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 An Island Ark: The Unique Animals and Plants of Tasmania.

Duration: 1 hour
Suitable for all grades