Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery

The wonderfully interactive Antarctica exhibition, Islands to Ice, gives an insight into an amazing place that few people visit. Your kids will hover, intrigued over a map of Antarctica made out of ice, just like the real place, and eagerly use the compass provided to locate the magnetic South Pole (surprisingly, in the ocean off East Antarctica). You will all have fun putting on 3D glasses to watch the projections of glass lantern slides from Sir Douglas Mawson’s 1911–13 expedition. But then you will gaze soberly at the bubbles in a 300-year-old core of ice – physical evidence of changing CO2 levels and the warming of our planet.

Contact details

40 Macquarie St, Hobart; (03) 6211 4177

Price range

FREE

Don't Miss

■ Ningenneh Tunapry – the Tasmanian Aboriginal Gallery – where you can see a traditional bark hut and the first bark canoe built in over 170 years. The beautiful shell jewellery and basket-ware in this space reveal the vibrancy of contemporary Aboriginal culture.

■ The extinct animals display in the zoology gallery – particularly the information on the thylacine (Tasmanian tiger). 
 
■ The Young Collectors exhibit, where kids’ own collections are put on display, labelled in correct museum style.
 
■ The mobile Art Cart and Museum Cart, which have changing hands-on activities for kids.

Fabulous Facts

The museum site itself is of great historical significance. Archaeological evidence has revealed that it was occupied by Aboriginal people for more than 40 000 years. The museum is composed of several buildings, and the Commissariat Store, built in 1810, is one of the oldest buildings in Australia.

Insider Tips

■ This museum and gallery complex is relatively small and easy to explore, but has an interesting, eclectic mixture of exhibits.

■ Download a Mystery Trail brochure and kids can have fun finding the answers.
 
■ The art gallery has changing displays and a significant collection of Australian colonial paintings.
 
■ The Courtyard Cafe serves snacks and lunches.

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