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Panoramic Views


26 September 2015 - 17 January 2016

Salon Gallery

Panoramic ViewsPanoramas, typically large and alive with detail, fascinate us. They invite careful examination. Our attention is drawn by an entire vista of numerous features, not by a single focal point.

The Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery's collection of panoramas spans three centuries, and Panoramic Views features just a sample of the breath of work which could have been shown.

The work in this exhibition has been selected from TMAG's 19th century colonial watercolours and drawings collection, which is an extremely significant and extensive one. Featured are stunning panoramas of Tasmania and places further afield, by artists including Eugene von Guerard,Thomas J Lempriere, Louisa Anne Meredith, Augustus Earle and F G Simpkinson De Wesselow.

To read more about the works in this exhibition, download the room brochure here

Image details:
Joseph Lycett (born England 1775; transported to Sydney 1814; returned to England 1822, where he died 1828)
View of the country round Hobart Town in Van Diemen's Land, 1820s
lithograph, printed in colour (black and pale sepia) from two zinc plates, hand coloured
Sir Ernest Clark Bequest, 1953


City of Hobart Art Prize 2015


18 September - 29 November 2015

Argyle Galleries 1-3

CHAP 2015The City of Hobart Art Prize 2015 presents a broad survey contemporary art exhibition from a national perspective in the media of ceramics and drawing.

This annual exhibition is coordinated and presented by the City of Hobart, and brings together the best of contemporary visual arts, craft and design practice.

The Prize is an acquisitive award open to artists, designers and craftspeople Australia-wide.

For further information, visit the City of Hobart Art Prize website.


Palfreyman's Pharmacy Display


24 July - 22 November 2015

Link Foyer

PalfreymansIf you had a cold, pain or more serious ailment at the turn of the 20th century, the pharmacy would often be your first stop. Doctors were expensive and pharmacists were a cheaper alternative, able to make up and supply remedies to relieve symptoms.

This display recreates the well-known Palfreyman's Pharmacy, located on the corner of Burnett and Elizabeth Streets in North Hobart from 1912 until 1973. After the pharmacy closed, its fittings and furnishings were collected by TMAG for the State Collection.

This display provides a fascinating glimpse not only into Hobart's past, but also the history of medicine in the early 20th century.

Image details: Palfreyman's Chemists, The Tasmanian Mail 1912, August 15, page 17. Image courtesy Tasmanian Archive and Heritage Office. 


The Suspense is Awful: Tasmania and the Great War


17 April 2015 - 28 February 2016

Argyle Gallery 4

WWIThe Suspense is Awful commemorates the role Tasmanians played in World War I and the impact the war had on Tasmanian society.

Drawing from the museum's collections, the exhibition highlights stories previously untold – including those of Tasmanian Aboriginal servicemen and of the men and women who provided medical support on the front line.

Thousands of Tasmanian men and women enlisted to serve in WWI, and by keeping diaries, writing home and collecting souvenirs they created their own memories of the war. Their families found the four years of war awful, as they wondered whether they would ever see their loved ones again.

This exhibition tells the story of their wait – how they grieved, kept themselves busy, helped the war effort, were interned as enemy aliens, argued about conscription, and remembered and made sense of the sacrifices made.

Visit the dedicated exhibition website to explore the poignant stories and see the wonderful images featured in The Suspense is Awful.

This exhibition has been supported by the Australian Government through the Anzac Centenary Arts and Culture Fund and the Anzac Centenary Local Grants Program.

Image details:
Burge family house in Burnett Street North Hobart on return of sons from World War I, c.1919, photographic print, photographer: Brunton & Easton, Hobart. 


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. You can find these objects on a trail through the galleries, allowing you to explore significant events and movements that have helped create the Tasmania we know today. The first 99 have been drawn from Tasmania's State Collection, and the 100th has been chosen by the public.


Visit, where you can see all the objects and their locations. 

Shaping Tasmania is a Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery / ABC local partnership.


Dispossessions and Possessions


Permanent Exhibition 

Henry Hunter Galleries, Level 2

Exhibitions_-_Dispossession_and_Possession_4The Henry Hunter Galleries on Level 2 will take you on a journey through significant periods in the history of Tasmanian art and design, from the early 1800s to the present day.

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.


Progress and Politics


Permanent Exhibition

Henry Hunter Galleries, Level 2

Exhibitions_-_Progress_and_Politics_2Our Contemporary Art collections come to the fore in Progress and Politics, which examines how Tasmanian artists have explored the politics of the environment, race and gender in their work. 

Explore visual art from notable Tasmanian practitioners such as Raymond Arnold, Geoff Parr and Ricky Maynard, as well as designed objects by artists such as Kevin Perkins and Phill Mason.


Modern Age


Permanent Exhibition

Henry Hunter Galleries, Level 2

Exhibitions_-_Moden_Age_GalleryThe 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.

See works from artists such as Dorothy Stoner, Maude Poynter and Edith Holmes, and learn the story of the female artists who worked out of a studio in Hobart's Collins Street in the 1930s.


Our living land: Encountering an upside down world


Permanent Exhibition

Bond Store Galleries, Ground Level

Exhibition_-_Our_Living_Land_2This exhibition explores how Tasmania's natural environment has been used to create wealth, advance science and define the state. It also examines the way Europeans responded to the unfamiliar plants and animals they encountered when they first arrived in the new colony.

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


Permanent Exhibition

Bond Store Galleries, Level 1

Exhibitions_-_Our_Changing_LandInvestigate the making of Tasmania, and explore how the state has become a place of environmental change and complexities, of creativity and of a particular social identity. 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!


Permanent Exhibition

Bond Store Galleries, Level 2

Exhibitions_-_Our_Land_-_Parrawa_parrawaThis exhibition tells the story of Aboriginal people and colonists following the invasion of lutruwita, now called Tasmania, focusing on the Black War. 

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.


The Central Gallery


Permanent Exhibition

Henry Hunter Galleries

Exhibitions_-_Central_GalleryThe Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery is a treasure trove of the expected and the unexpected, and the richness of our extensive collection is on show in a special exhibition under the spectacular lantern roof of 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


Permanent Exhibition

Henry Hunter Galleries, Level 1

ningina_newThe newly-refreshed ningina tunapri Tasmanian Aboriginal gallery will provide you with a rich, enlightening and inspiring experience. Ningina tunapri means 'to give knowledge and understanding'.

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


Tasmania: Earth and Life


Permanent Exhibition

Henry Hunter Galleries, Level 1

Exhibitions_-_Earth_and_Life_2Tasmania 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 Power of Change


Permanent Exhibition

Henry Hunter Galleries, Level 1

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

Learn more about the growth of industry, advances in science and innovation, and the fascinating stories of performers and entertainers.


The Thylacine: Skinned, Stuffed, Pickled and Persecuted


Permanent Exhibition

Henry Hunter Galleries, Level 1

Exhibitions_-_ThylacineThe Tasmanian tiger, or thylacine, has come to symbolise all things Tasmanian, from cricket teams to beer. But as well as being a popular symbol, the story of the thylacine is also a powerful reminder of how easily a species can be lost. This gallery tells the story of the thylacine and its interactions with society through objects from the State Collection.


Medals and Money: Stories from the State Numismatics Collection


Permanent Exhibition

Argyle Galleries, Level 2

Exhibitions_-_Medals_and_MoneyContaining 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.


Islands to Ice


Permanent Exhibition

Argyle Galleries, Level 2

Exhibitions_-_Islands_to_Ice_2Islands 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. 

It is an invitation to journey south from Hobart across the oceans to the frozen continent of Antarctica.