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“First class museum, confusing layout”

Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery
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US$28.19*
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Hobart Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour
Ranked #9 of 136 things to do in Hobart
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Art that inspires you. Cultures that connect you. Stories that move you. The Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery is a Tasmanian Government organisation.
Melbourne
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“First class museum, confusing layout”
Reviewed 4 November 2013

Visited on Thursday 17th and Saturday 19th October
Cross the sandstone courtyard away from the bustling docks and explore exhibits in several wonderful old buildings joined together cleverly, if a little confusingly. I saw 3 great exhibitions in the time I had. "Islands of Ice, Antarctica", was excellent. "Our land: Parrawa, parrawa! Go away!" A permenant exhibition on level 2 of the Bond Store Galleries building, telling the story of specific historical events from the perspective of Tasmania’s Aboriginal people, and the Europeans who landed in Hobart. This is a moving and confronting account that is beautifully recreated. To find the Bond Store Galleries, look for a door in the left corner coming from the courtyard - we couldn’t find it on our first visit. "Ningina tunapri", was on level 1 of the main Henry Hunter Galleries, the building facing you across the courtyard. This wonderful exhibit explains the history of the Tasmanian Aboriginal people, through their language, customs and way of life during the thousands of years before Europeans arrived. I’m sure there were many other great things to see in this Museum, but we only had time for these exhibits – plus the story of the Thylacene and the amazing “staircase to nowhere” in the Central Gallery exhibit, which is well worth pausing and photographing. We love museums and will return here when we revisit Hobart.

Visited October 2013
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Kath U, Communications Officer at Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, responded to this review, 5 November 2013
Thank you for your review. We’re so glad you enjoyed your visit to TMAG, in particular our Tasmanian Aboriginal and Antarctic exhibitions. We look forward to welcoming you back when you’re next in Hobart!
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Melbourne, Australia
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“Worth a visit!”
Reviewed 3 November 2013 via mobile

Came in here to escape the rain but stumbled upon some really great exhibits. Covering from the local wildlife to the history of the aboriginals. It has recently been refurbished too and can't go past the free entry!

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Kath U, Communications Officer at Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, responded to this review, 5 November 2013
Thank you for taking the time to review your visit to TMAG. We're delighted you enjoyed your time with us - do come again!
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Hobart, Tasmania
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“Lost for words... my family and I struggled to enjoy the experience”
Reviewed 2 November 2013

It would appear that the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery (TMAG) has been redeveloped to a look and feel like the Museum of Old and New Art (MONA).

Upon entry into the courtyard and foyer it looked awesome and the fact that entry is still free was great, but for my family and I that was where the excitement ended. The main room housed a black abstract structure in the centre of the room and to me this was totally pointless. The room looked like an abandoned warehouse rather than a museum.

The whole journey was simply 'stale' and 'bland' and I was hoping that the re-development might have brought more interactivity, especially for the younger members of families. I remember going there as a student and seeing coloured gems/rocks under ultraviolet light, being able to touch a variety if animal pelts and lighting up dark rooms to see nocturnal animals. This seems to have all gone and now nearly everything appears enclosed behind a glass wall or is hanging on a wall under the watchful eye of museum employees!

Now rather than be negative the whole way through, I thought I should put in some suggestions in the hope that the museum reads this review. Why not:
1) Include a room with photographs of Tasmania's history (eg what Hobart/Launceston etc used to look like), including a timeline of important events (eg collapse of the Tasmanian bridge, the flooding of lake Pedder and even the destruction of Dunalley by the recent bushfires.)
2) Include more visual/auditory technology (the burning fire looked good, as did the sound of the footsteps on the stairs)
3) Possibly lift the Tasmanian tiger's testicles a little higher into his body as everyone entering the room noticed how they hang like a pendulum! This may make the tiger less anatomically correct but at least people will appreciate the animal for his uniqueness rather than his manhood!
4) Why not include an educational game for young students to complete whilst journeying throughout the museum. For example: Find the Tassie Tiger - hidden in each room
5) Build a glass viewing platform or walkway for people to step out on in the main room/warehouse to experience the height of the room as well get closer to the black abstract structure from above. (This area is totally underutilised)
6) Put in a few of those 3D pictures for children to try and see the hidden objects.

Granted not all of these suggestions will be useful and in the spirit of the museum, but right now, my family and I can safely say there is nothing at the museum that will encourage us to return sadly. It is disappointing to have to write a negative review for TMAG as we were really looking forward to an updated experience!

Visited October 2013
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Kath U, Communications Officer at Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, responded to this review, 3 November 2013
Thank you for your review. We’re sorry that you did not enjoy your visit to the redeveloped TMAG, and will pass on your feedback to management.
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Stratford-upon-Avon, United Kingdom
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“What a great museum”
Reviewed 31 October 2013

Went into the museum basically just to kill some time before going to dinner and what a delightful surprise! The building has recently been renovated and the displays are great, particularly the polar exhibition. Highly recommend it.

Visited September 2013
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Kath U, Communications Officer at Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, responded to this review, 3 November 2013
Thank you very much for taking the time to review your visit to TMAG. We’re so glad you enjoyed your time with us, and look forward to welcoming you back whenever you’re next in Hobart!
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Hobart, Australia
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“A place to visit again and again”
Reviewed 6 October 2013

TMAG was reopened last year after a major revamp. It is a great place to take visitors to Hobart - or even my elderly mother when I want to take her on an outing. The displays have been imaginatively reorganised. The room I first take visitors to is the excellent display relating to Tasmanian aboriginal life, with videos, a bark canoe, a hut, a display of mutton-birding, and a historical timeline - it also shows that indigenous traditions eg making shell necklaces and seaweed baskets are still very much alive. I then take them to the room next door, which has an excellent display of Tasmanian animals (eg the cute quoll), birds, plants, insects. The next room is sad - it focusses on the now extinct Thylacine. Another room stirs up memories of more recent years eg No Dam stickers and posters, an early bushwalkers pack...

There is so much more to see eg I have only looked briefly at the fascinating material in the Bond Store building. But I find an hour or two enough for a visit - then it is time to look round the gift shop and visit the cafeteria.

Visited August 2013
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Kath U, Communications Officer at Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, responded to this review, 8 October 2013
Thank you very much for your lovely review of TMAG. We look forward to welcoming you back again soon to explore more of our great Bond Store galleries.
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