The Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, on Hobart’s historic waterfront near Salamanca, is the second oldest museum in Australia.

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Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery / Credit: Kathryn Leahy

But visiting the gallery, you wouldn't know it. Today, the gallery's collections sit within a contemporary design space, sensitively integrated with the museum's heritage buildings. Known as TMAG to the locals, the museum's art collection includes works from Tassie's colonial period through to Australian and international artists active today.

There’s fascinating archaeological material of national significance, some of which was unearthed in the renovation of the museum itself, and displays illustrating early life in the colony, telling the story of the Tasmanian tiger, as well as a significant collection of Tasmanian Aboriginal cultural objects.

Where: Dunn Place, Hobart

When: Open Tuesday to Sunday 10am – 4pm.  For public holiday and seasonal opening hours visit their website.

Local Tip: Enjoy lunch (including a local Tassie wine or beer) at the museum’s Courtyard Cafe or wander down to the waterfront for fish and chips from one of the seafood punts.

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