Current and upcoming exhibitions

Ecology Studies (Adrift Lab)

Opening date : 05-04-2021   Closing date : 23-01-2022

A long-term performance in which Tasmanian artist Lucienne Rickard will draw a large tableau of flesh-footed shearwater and her family memories, embedded alongside the landscape of Lord Howe Island, continuing her expression of urgent concern for the natural world and our impacts on it.

Paradise Lost: Thomas Griffiths Wainewright

Opening date : 11-06-2021   Closing date : 03-10-2021

A richly-layered exhibition that combines the luscious world of European Romanticism, Tasmania’s oppressive convict history, and Thomas Griffiths Wainewright’s intriguing paintings, portraits and narrative sketches

2021 Australian of the Year Awards

Opening date : 13-08-2021   Closing date : 26-09-2021

An exhibition of significant objects chosen by the eight extraordinary 2021 Australian of the Year state and territory recipients, including Tasmania’s Grace Tame, that reveal meaningful stories about their lives, aspirations and experiences.

The Miseries of War: 1618 and 1914

Opening date : 27-08-2021   Closing date : 07-11-2021

An exhibition featuring etchings and photolithography by Jacques Callot (1592-1635) and George Grosz (1893-1959), depicting the horrors of the Thirty Years War (1618-1648) and the First World War (1914-1918).

Never Grow Old: 40 Years of Terrapin

Opening date : 29-09-2021   Closing date : 31-10-2021

An exhibition celebrating Tasmanian theatre company Terrapin Puppet Theatre’s 40th anniversary.

Sidney Nolan's Ned Kelly Series

Opening date : 29-10-2021   Closing date : 20-02-2022

A travelling exhibition from the National Gallery of Australia featuring one of the greatest series of Australian paintings of the 20th century, Sidney Nolan's Ned Kelly series.

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Long-term exhibitions

mapiya lumi | around here

Open from Friday 30 April 2021, TMAG's new long-term exhibition for children 0-7 years explores lutruwita/Tasmania as a 'little big home'.

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.

This Too Shall Pass

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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