Current and upcoming exhibitions

Lucienne Rickard: Extinction Studies

Extinction Studies

Opening date : 06-09-2019   Closing date : 24-01-2021

A performance work highlighting the critical issue of species extinction, that sees Tasmanian artist Lucienne Rickard draw and then erase recently-extinct plant and animal species in TMAG's Link Foyer.

This Too Shall Pass

Opening date : 20-12-2019   Closing date : 30-11-2023

This exhibition showcases artworks from TMAG's Art Collection and includes portraits and self-portraits, along with still-life paintings and artefacts that reflect on impermanence and the inevitable transience of life, beauty and material things.

Exquisite Habits: the Botanical Art of Stephanie Dean

Opening date : 23-06-2020   Closing date : 22-11-2020

An exhibition showcasing the work of Launceston-born artist Stephanie Dean, who has devoted her life to painting Tasmania’s unique native flora.

David Keeling: Stranger

Opening date : 20-11-2020   Closing date : 14-02-2021

A survey exhibition featuring the work of critically acclaimed Australian artist David Keeling, who has spent nearly 40 years exploring Tasmania and its narratives, past and present.

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Long-term exhibitions

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.

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.

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.

Fifty Shades of Blue

A display of over 150 blue transfer printed plates from the TMAG collection, spanning from the late 18th century to the early 20th century.

(Dis)placed

(Dis)placed is a complementary exhibition to Not so Easy and includes archaeological ceramics given to the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery in 1939, by the Guildhall Museum in London.

Not So Easy: Australian Design and Identity since Federation

Not So Easy is an exhibition that draws on the TMAG Decorative Arts collection to explore the changing relationship between design and identity in Australia.


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