Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery
The Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery features Tasmania’s natural and cultural heritage and is one of the few in the world to combine a history and science museum, art gallery and herbarium under the one roof. Highlights include the award-winning Tasmanian Aboriginal exhibition ningennah tunapry, and the Islands to Ice: Antarctica and the Southern Ocean exhibition.
Australia’s largest private museum of art and antiquities, the Museum of Old and New Art – Mona, on the banks of the River Derwent, is quite literally underground. With three levels cut into the sandstone of the river bank, its subterranean design and the owner’s challenging curatorial approach make it a must-see museum and art gallery – even if art isn’t your thing. Owned by millionaire gambler David Walsh, the museum houses a collection ranging from ancient Egyptian mummies to some of the world’s most thought-provoking contemporary art including ‘ZERO is the Beginning’ (9 June 2018 – 22 April 2019).
While you’re exploring, head to Pharos – a monument to light – otherwise known as “the new bit’” which houses four new works by American artist James Turrell. It’s also where you will find Faro restaurant. It has stunning river views and all the usual stuff you’d expect from a restaurant in a museum wing named after a Greek lighthouse. Indulge in a black margarita or look out for the feral pig eyes encased in ice balls.
The Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery (QVMAG) in Launceston has a national profile for its collections of Australian colonial art, decorative arts and design, Tasmanian history, and natural sciences. The museum is located across two sites – Royal Park, which houses the art gallery, and Inveresk, home to the museum.
Tasmania’s indigenous timbers are unequalled in the world; Huon pine, King Billy pine, celery top pine, sassafras, and myrtle are just a few of the species native to the island and found nowhere else. Design Tasmania in Launceston promotes contemporary craft and design and is home to the Design Tasmania Wood Collection plus a dynamic program of contemporary craft and design-related exhibitions and projects.
Salamanca Arts Centre
Salamanca Arts Centre is home to more than 70 arts organisations, arts retailers and artists in studios, and offers an exhibition and performing arts program all year round. Housed in Georgian sandstone warehouses built in the 1830’s, these buildings once stored grain, wool, whale oil, apples and imported goods from around the world. Nowadays, you can wander under the heavy stone arches and find craft and design shops, jewellers, cafes, restaurants, galleries, subterranean bookshops and fashion boutiques. From here it’s a short walk up Kelly’s Steps to the historic Battery Point precinct.
Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra
Founded in 1948, Hobart’s Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra (TSO) is Tasmania’s flagship performing arts organisation. A leader in music of the Classical and early Romantic periods, the TSO enjoys a high national and international profile through its world-wide broadcasts and award-winning recordings.
Described by Noel Coward as “a dream of a theatre”, the Theatre Royal in Hobart is Australia’s oldest working theatre. There are guided tours available during the day while at night the stage comes alive with theatre, contemporary music, dance and entertainment.
Burnie Makers Workshop
Part contemporary museum, part arts centre, the Burnie Makers Workshop honours Burnie’s history, makers, innovators and artists. Try your hand at making paper, talk to the makers about their craft, shop for interesting locally made gifts or browse the latest exhibition in the gallery.
Cradle Mountain Wilderness Gallery
The Cradle Mountain Wilderness Gallery is a unique purpose-built showcase for environmental photography. Beautiful, dramatic images from Australian and international photographers will excite your imagination, lift your spirits and expand your horizons.
Sheffield murals – an outdoor art gallery
In Sheffield, a small town on the road to Cradle Mountain, there are murals painted on the buildings that share curious Tasmanian stories with passers-by. The murals trace the history of the area and feature Cradle Mountain pioneer Gustav Weindorfer, Tasmanian Tigers, and pictorial representations of characters and stories of the past. The town is also home to the annual International Mural Fest – a mural art competition and festival held each Easter.
Devonport Regional Gallery
In keeping with Tasmania’s passion for re-purposing early buildings, the Devonport Regional Gallery is housed in a refurbished Baptist Church (1904). The gallery holds an annual program of exhibitions and public programs. It collects and promotes Tasmanian art, craft and design and runs an emerging artist program to support local and state-wide artists.
Tasmania Arts Guide
Explore Tasmania’s vibrant arts and cultural scene with the Tasmania Arts Guide. The online guide makes it easy to discover some of the best arts and cultural experiences in the state. Check out the events page – it’s packed with everything that’s happening around the island.