Primary K-6

These guided programs are delivered by TMAG's education specialists and are available until 30 November 2018. Programs are designed to deliver targeted learning outcomes for primary school aged students.

Bookings are essential for all guided programs. Further information is available through the Bookings page. Please note that exhibition and program dates may change without notice.

To ensure all schools have the opportunity to access TMAG’s guided programs, TMAG asks schools to limit their bookings to no more than two guided programs per school, per week.

Major exhibition programs

General museum

Aboriginal

History

Natural History

Live Virtual Tours

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Major exhibition programs

Fossils Forever (only available in conjunction with a visit to Dinosaur rEvolution)
How did dinosaurs become fossils? What can fossils tell us about the past? Join TMAG staff for this hands-on program to explore the science and the role palaeontologists and museums play in these compelling stories which construct a picture of our planet’s past. Presented in conjunction with a visit to Dinosaur rEvolution. Please note if schools are coming as a double class (i.e. more than 30 students) please book the middle and last session on that day only.

Suitable for Grades 3- 6

Minimum class size: 15 students / Maximum class size: 30 students

Dates: March 1 – 22 only (except public holiday 11 March) 
Time: 10:40 am; 12:00 pm 
Venue: Centre for Learning and Discovery

Duration: 45 minutes. Incl. a visit to the Exhibition, total running time 110mins

Cost: $150 (includes admission to Dinosaur rEvolution and Fossils Forever)

Book here.

Download this helpful Guide for School Bookings

A Teacher Guide (K-6) is available now:

Download Dinosaur rEvolution: Secrets of Survival  - Teacher Guide

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General museum programs

Launch into Learning at TMAG          
Suitable for Launch into Learning (LIL) and Learning in Families Together (LIFT) groups from the Department of Education. More information here.

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. An excellent introduction to finding out what museums and art galleries are about.

Duration: 1 hour
Suitable for all grades
Available Terms 2, 3 and 4 (until 29 November 2019)

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Live Virtual Tours

TMAG's Live Virtual Tours use Skype for Business. A projector connected to an internet enabled computer is needed. For students statewide, 50 kms beyond Hobart.

The Antarctic Virtual Tour        
An introduction to some of the stories and science that come from our neighbouring continent, Antarctica.

Duration: 30 minutes
Suitable for all grades
Available Terms 2,3 Wednesdays and Thursdays, 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

19th Century Tasmanian History Virtual Tour        
An introduction to 19th Century Tasmania and the exhibitions that tell these stories.

Duration: 30 minutes
Suitable for all grades
Available Terms 2,3 Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

The Nature of Tasmania Virtual Tour        
Join TMAG staff for a unique insight into the flora and fauna of Tasmania and the ways that plants and animals have adapted to this special environment.

Duration: 30 minutes
Suitable for all grades
Available Terms 2,3 Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

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Aboriginal culture programs

The Black Box Loan Resource and ningina tunapri live virtual tour
Bringing Tasmanian Aboriginal culture and the ningina tunapri exhibition to your classroom. Your class will experience a live virtual tour of the ningina tunapri gallery, and will then unpack and discuss the Black Box contents with TMAG's Aboriginal Learning Facilitator. Full information here.
Available to Tasmanian rural and regional schools only. Limited slots available. 
Suitable for grades 3-6

Introductory Tour of ningina tunapri
This program introduces students to the ningina tunapri gallery, explaining traditional Aboriginal life and culture through to contemporary Aboriginal culture. The tour highlights key stories and objects and includes a hands-on component.

A shorter introduction is available for lower primary students.

Duration: 1 hour
Suitable for all grades
Available Terms 2, 3 and 4 (until 29 November 2019)

Introductory Tour of Our land: Parrawa, Parrawa! Go away!
Dealing with the European 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 grades 3-6
Available Terms 2, 3 and 4 (until 29 November 2019)

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History programs

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 grades 3-6
Dates: Term 2 only -  FULLY BOOKED (no sessions available)

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Natural history programs

Antarctica: The Frozen Land
This program for lower primary students explores the Islands to Ice exhibition with a focus on animals that live in and around Antarctica. Come on a journey south to explore the Southern Ocean and meet some of the creatures that live in the deep blue around Antarctica. Get up close to some weird and wonderful animals and discover how they survive in this extreme environment. The program includes hands on encounters with specimens and Antarctic clothing.

Duration 1 hour
Suitable for grades K-2
Available Terms 2 and 3

In the Freezer: A Day in the Life of Antarctic and Southern Ocean Animals        
Discover what it is like living in the coldest region of the world. How has the amazing wildlife adapted to this extreme environment? Investigate who eats who and the complex food web that exists in the Southern Ocean. This program for upper primary students will visit the Islands to Ice exhibition and include group research and hands on encounters with real specimens.

Duration: 1.5 hours
Suitable for grades 3-6
Available Terms 2 and 3

Introducing the Nature of Tasmania
Students will investigate what living things need to survive in Tasmania’s unique habitats. This hands-on program will visit the Our living land: Encountering an upside down world, Earth and Life and Thylacine galleries.

Duration: 1 hour
Suitable for grades K-3
Available Term 2

Wildlife Island
In this program, students will focus on Tasmania’s amazing fauna and the ways animals have adapted to their island home. The hands-on program will visit the Our living land: Encountering an upside down world, Earth and Life and Thylacine galleries.

Duration: 1 hour
Suitable for grades 4-6
Available Term 2

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Booking Information

All visits to TMAG require booking a minimum of two weeks prior to your visit. Alternative dates and times may need to be considered. All visits are free unless otherwise indicated.

Make a booking enquiry

Please note that exhibition and program dates may change without notice.