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“Glad its back”

Queen Victoria Museum & Art Gallery
Ranked #4 of 74 things to do in Launceston
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Welcome to Australia’s largest regional museum The Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery (QVMAG) has enjoyed a long and proud tradition having celebrated its 120th anniversary in 2011. Today it has two key Launceston sites: the 19th century railway workshop at Inveresk which houses the natural science and history collections; and its 1891 Royal Park building on Wellington Street which was officially opened to the public as a dedicated Art Gallery last year. At Inveresk you’ll find our extensive permanent exhibitions Tasmanian onnections, Transforming the Island, hands-on science in the Phenomena Factory, Replay>> Sporting Life in Tasmania and the Heritage Trail. In addition there are a range of special exhibitions and our regular facilities including the Museum Shop, auditorium and café. As if Inveresk is not enough, there is even more at Royal Park. Make sure you visit both sites to really experience all that QVMAG has ‘On show’.
Scottsdale, Australia
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12 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Glad its back”
Reviewed 14 July 2014

Used to go to the Queen Vic years ago to visit the dinosaurs and the Chinese display. Good to see the work that has been done has enhanced the place, the Chinese collection was great. We went when there was a display of political cartoons on and this was a quite interesting display. The blue and white china exhibit was what I went to see - didnt get to stay as long as I wanted and will be back to check it out in the near future.

Visited January 2014
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Sydney, Australia
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60 reviews
25 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 July 2014

Wow, we spent the whole afternoon here with our teens - they loved it! It catered for a whole combination of everyone's likes: local history, art, sculpture and kids science activities that you might see at somewhere like Questacon.

Visited July 2014
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Siem Reap, Cambodia
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185 reviews
66 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 95 helpful votes
“Excellent Art Gallery, Poor Museum”
Reviewed 12 July 2014

This Art Gallery, located in the park, was a real treat. The creation of beautiful indigenous shell necklaces, the matchbox collection, the early Chinese temple and the wonderful samples from collections around Tasmania were a real credit to the curator/s...but the stand out winner for me was Joan Ross's installation "BBQ This Sunday, BYO 2011." In all, this gallery was a great representation of modern day Tasmania.

On the other hand, I found the Museum, located across the river, disappointing. The Sydney Cove exhibition was good but for the most part this museum was really poorly signed, minimal information, confusing descriptions on displays and, at times, almost impossible to find anything. The railway collection seemed to lack an explanation as to why there's no real railway network left in this allegedly 'clean and green' state that seems so fond of its cars.....

Visited July 2014
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Newcastle, Australia
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45 reviews
8 attraction reviews
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“Always a treat”
Reviewed 9 July 2014

As Always a treat to go to the art gallery , and again not disappointed , this is a lovely gallery and well worth seeing

Visited June 2014
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Sydney, Australia
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47 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Colder inside than outside!”
Reviewed 4 July 2014

It was quite a cold winters day when we decided to pay this museum a visit. My son was especially looking forward to seeing the train exhibits.

Unfortunately the temperature inside the sheds containing the exhibits was below what was comfortable even with thick coats and gloves on! You could see your breath and felt colder than it was outside.

We would have liked to have stopped a little longer and perhaps enjoyed a drink or something to eat at the train carriage cafe but it was just too uncomfortable and the cafe was in this very cold area.

The area with the dinosaur exhibits and other Tasmanian local history was better heated however.

Overall a very good museum and we would have liked to have stayed a little longer.

Visited July 2014
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