Why redevelop TMAG?
The Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery (TMAG) has been housed on its current site at the centre of Hobart’s waterfront since 1863. TMAG's collection spans art, history and science, and occupies a unique place in the Australian cultural landscape.
TMAG’s treasured heritage buildings survive surrounded by the unexplored archaeological evidence of Tasmanian Indigenous and early European history. However, this heritage remains largely inaccessible to the public. Redevelopment will conserve TMAG’s heritage buildings, make them more accessible, create new exhibition spaces and allow visitors to engage more closely with Tasmania’s history.
While TMAG has a world class collection, its facilities fall short of the conditions enjoyed by fellow state museums and galleries.
TMAG’s most recent major expansion occurred during the 1960s. Since that time TMAG outgrew its spaces and facilities and museum standards for the collection, storage and exhibition of artworks and historical artefacts also changed dramatically.
By the 1990s, TMAG’s exhibition and storage facilities were no longer of a comparable standard to those of fellow state museums and art galleries around Australia, nor with many regional mainland institutions.
Redevelopment will create new exhibition spaces to better showcase TMAG’s collections, and will allow TMAG to offer innovative exhibitions and programming. A redeveloped TMAG will be a world-class facility capable of hosting the world’s most exciting touring exhibitions - the likes of which have never before been seen in Tasmania - alongside its own unique collections.