TMAG to reopen on 23 June

The Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery (TMAG) is a central part of the cultural life of all Tasmanians and we are delighted to be able to welcome you back through our doors on Tuesday, 23 June 2020.

The reopening of TMAG is an important step in the resumption of public life over the coming weeks and months as we seek ways to bring our communities back together as part of our road to recovery.

Director of TMAG Janet Carding said that she was pleased to be able to welcome visitors in person again.

“The role of museums as a place for telling stories, to gather together, reflect on shared experiences and create a sense of belonging and understanding has never been more important as we slowly emerge from isolation,” Janet said

“We are really looking forward to reconnecting with the Tasmanian community and sharing all the wonderful things your museum has to offer.”

To ensure the safety and wellbeing of staff and visitors, the museum will introduce physical distancing and extra hygiene measures in addition to attendance restrictions.

Number limits will be managed via the introduction of a free online bookings system and bookings will now be essential for all visitors.

The reopening of TMAG includes the Museum Shop. The Courtyard Café, which is operated as a separate licenced venue, has made a business decision not to reopen until September 2020.

The two house museums managed by TMAG in Battery Point, Narryna and Markree House Museum and Garden will reopen on 1 September 2020. Markree will reopen by appointment only.

At this stage, group bookings greater than six people are not possible. Larger group bookings will be available in late July at the start of Term 3, to ensure learners can get the most out of their TMAG experience.

TMAG has enjoyed being able to welcome and connect with visitors virtually during our closure period, and will continue to offer a range of online activities, resources and programs for visitors to enjoy as part of the TMAG from Home initiative.

Building on the success of its virtual program, the museum has designed an innovative approach to reconnecting with visitors when it reopens its doors.

Visitors will be treated to special ‘pop-up’ interpretations throughout the galleries, devised and delivered by TMAG’s Visitor Services Officers who have enjoyed being able to share their own personal insights and favourite treasures as part of the online Visit with a VSO series.

Visitors will also be excited to learn about a new exhibition that will be available to explore when the museum reopens, Exquisite Habits, which features the botanic art of Tasmanian artist Stephanie Dean.

In addition, West: Out on the Edge will now remain on show in TMAG’s Argyle Galleries until 18 October 2020, giving the public more chances to explore Tasmania's unique West through this captivating multi-disciplinary exhibition.

TMAG will reopen the public from Tuesday, 23 June 2020. Opening hours are Tuesday to Sunday, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, as per TMAG’s usual seasonal opening hours. Online bookings are required and should be made via the online bookings page.