Peter Gutwein

Premier of Tasmania

10 June 2020

Elise Archer, Minister for the Arts

Tasmania’s cultural heart set to reopen

The Tasmanian Government understands the importance of the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery (TMAG) as central to the State’s cultural life.

I am delighted to announce that TMAG, one of Tasmania’s cultural icons, will re-open to the public from Tuesday, 23 June.

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

To help it manage the flow of people the museum is introducing an online booking system. Those unable to book online will be able to contact (03) 6165 7000.

As a much-loved cultural institution, I am pleased the Tasmanian community will be able to visit TMAG again and experience all the wonderful things the museum has to offer.

Our Government has been working closely with TMAG during the COVID-19 pandemic and we have provided $3 million in stimulus funding to fast-track important maintenance works whilst the museum has been closed to the public.

This is in addition to our $1 million funding commitment that will allow TMAG to build a new permanent children’s exhibition, which is scheduled to open in April 2021.

TMAG has enjoyed being able to welcome and connect with visitors virtually during its closure period, and will continue to offer a range of online activities, resources and programs for people 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 reconnect with visitors when it re-opens 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.

The re-opening of TMAG is a major step towards the resumption of public life as we look to bring our communities back together as part of our road to recovery.

TMAG will re-open to the public from Tuesday, 23 June. Opening hours are Tuesday to Sunday, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm, as per usual seasonal opening hours.

Online bookings to visit TMAG from 23 June can be made via the TMAG website at

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