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. The museum has three levels cut into the Triassic 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. There’s a lot going on at Mona over winter. Don’t miss Dark Mofo (15-24 June), ‘Zero is the Beginning’ (9 June 2018 – 22 April 2019) and ‘Jam Jazz at Mona’ (every Saturday and Sunday, included in museum entry).
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.
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. As a result, Tasmania has become a magnet for designers working with wood. 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. It features installations and one-off pieces and commissions, all of which are for sale.
Salamanca Arts Centre
Salamanca Arts Centre is Tasmania’s multi-arts creative hub and an engine room for art-making and presentation. The centre is home to more than 70 arts organisations, arts retailers and artists in studios, and offers an extensive exhibition and performing arts program all year round. Housed in iconic 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 to 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 tiny town on the road to Cradle Mountain, there are murals painted on the buildings that share curious Tasmanian stories with passers-by. None more curious than Gustav Weindorfer’s, the man responsible for Cradle Mountain/Lake St Clair being declared a national park. Born in Austria, Gustav was an adventurer at heart. He married atop Mt Roland and lived with the love of his life in the Cradle Valley, until she passed away. Gustav stayed there alone in the wilderness until his death. It was an isolated place, as Gustav wrote in his diary “When the ground is all covered in snow, I build a big fire, open my door, seat myself very, very quietly in front of the blazing logs and presently they come in, one by one, the wild animals, without their usual fear of man or of one another, and share with me, in stillness, the grateful warmth”.
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 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.
This is a unique way to explore Hobart’s art and culture scene. Jump on an Artbike for a day, free of charge, and pedal your way around the many arts and cultural spots of Hobart using a specially designed arts map as your guide.