Make it to a museum

19 Jun 2020

Tasmania’s museums are reopening in time for the school holidays.

All museums are currently limited to 80 visitors at a time and have new systems in place to manage these entry limits. At some museums and galleries you may need to book in advance for your free entry, but don’t let this stop you reconnecting with your favourite museum or gallery. You can always check out a venue’s website or Facebook page or give them a call to find out more about their latest opening hours and policies.

Planning your visit and knowing what to expect when you arrive will help you make the most of your visit.

Here’s a rundown on what’s happening at some of Tassie’s big museums and galleries:

Burnie’s Regional Art Gallery is re-opening from Monday 22 June, 2020, with an exhibition that explores how the city changed following the closure of the Associated Pulp and Paper Mills 10 years ago. In 1937, Burnie was a small town of 4,000 people. The Mill opened the following year, and by 1945 the population had increased to 10,000. The Mill closed in 2010 and with the closure came job losses and the need for the city to rebuild. The exhibition is called, A Decade Later: The Pulp Story and includes photographs and images by local artists, some of whom worked in the mill. The museum is open Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 10:00 am to 4:30 pm. Book your free ticket to visit the Gallery.

The Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery (TMAG) has shared its collection virtually over the past two months, but we can now again view their collections in person taking in their raw beauty. The museum reopens on 23 June, 2020. TMAG’s summer exhibition, This Too Shall Pass is still hanging waiting for visitors to explore portraits, artefacts and still life paintings. The museum is open Tuesday through to Sunday each week between 10:00 am and 4:00 pm. Bookings are required to visit the gallery. You can book online or contact the museum via email at ticketing@tmag.tas.gov.au or phone 6165 7000.

Launceston’s Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery (QVMAG) Inveresk site has been open since 15 June, 2020. QVMAG is open 7 days a week from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, with exhibitions from Tasmanian artists Alastair Mooney and Garry Greenwood, and work by kindergarten to grade six students currently on display. Bookings are not required, but the museum will keep a register of visitors arriving to support contract tracing measures. QVMAG’s Royal Park site is scheduled to open on 13 July, 2020.

Wherever you are planning to spend the school holidays, make some time to head to one of Tasmania’s museums to be inspired by the beautiful, the wild, the weird and the wonderful.