Current and upcoming exhibitions


Opening date : 10-06-2016   Closing date : 20-11-2016

A major new art exhibition conceived and developed by internationally acclaimed curator Juliana Engberg. With its roots in the Shakespearean play of the same name, Tempest will transform TMAG’s galleries into a world of shipwrecks and stormy seas, romance, discovery, tragedy and magic.

kanalaritja: An Unbroken String

Opening date : 09-12-2016   Closing date : 21-05-2017

An exhibition offering a unique glimpse into shell stringing, one of the most culturally significant and closely guarded traditions of the Tasmanian Aboriginal community.

One hell of an inferno: the 1967 Tasmanian bushfires

Opening date : 16-12-2016   Closing date : 19-03-2017

One hell of an inferno: the 1967 Tasmanian bushfires tells the story of the fire, why it occurred, its impact on people, communities and the environment, and how it could happen again.

The Art of Science: Baudin’s Voyagers 1800 – 1804

Opening date : 07-04-2017   Closing date : 09-07-2017

An exhibition showcasing original sketches and paintings created by Nicolas Baudin’s artists Charles-Alexandre Lesueur and Nicolas-Martin Petit during the voyage of 1800-1804.

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Permanent exhibitions

The Central Gallery

Artefacts from Tasmania and around the world are on display in a stunning showcase that's just as unique as the items it contains.

ningina tunapri

The exhibition explores the journey of Tasmanian Aboriginal people and is a celebration of all Tasmanian Aboriginal generations.

Tasmania: Earth and Life

Tasmania has a unique geological history and hosts an unusual complement of plants and animals, each with its own story to tell. This exhibition explores these fascinating species and environments through the objects found in the State Collection.

The Thylacine: Skinned, Stuffed, Pickled and Persecuted

This gallery tells the story of the Tasmanian tiger, or thylacine, and its interactions with society through objects from the State Collection.

The Power of Change

Explore key areas of twentieth century Tasmanian life and their national and international significance and influence, including outdoor recreation and social and political change.

Dispossessions and Possessions

In Dispossessions and Possessions, explore treasures of our Colonial and Arts and Crafts collections, including works by notable artists such as John Glover, Benjamin Duterreau and W C Piguenit.

Modern Age

The journey continues through the Modern Age gallery, which examines the influence of the global Modernism movement on Tasmanian art as well as the Australian studio crafts revival in the 1960s and 1970s.

Islands to Ice

Islands to Ice examines the definitions, perceptions and mythology of Antarctica and the Southern Ocean. It explores the places, the people, the creatures and the phenomena that make the great southern wilderness a world of its own.

Medals and Money: Stories from the State Numismatics Collection

Containing more than 350 medals and coins, including part of one of the most important collections of Roman coins in Australia donated by Lord Talbot de Malahide, this exhibition takes in the breadth of Tasmanian history, from the end of convict transportation to federation banknotes and the start of decimal currency.

Our living land: Encountering an upside down world

Discover how Tasmania's natural environment influenced the development of the colony and how some species vanished, others prospered and new ones arrived.

Our changing land: Creating Tasmania

Featuring a rich collection of objects and stories, this exhibition focuses on the period from the 1800s to 1901, a time of spectacular transformation in from Van Diemen's Land to Tasmania.

Our land: parrawa, parrawa! Go away!

Go on an immersive journey through this dark period of history, with objects, contemporary historical accounts and specially commissioned films all helping to bring the story to life.

Private Secretary's Cottage

The Private Secretary's Cottage ( c. 1813) is the second-oldest building in the TMAG complex after the Commissariat Store, and is open for admission by guided tour.

Shaping Tasmania: a journey in 100 objects

Shaping Tasmania is an online exhibition of 100 objects selected from those on display throughout the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery.

For further information about exhibitions and events, please visit our Maps and downloads page.