TMAG ready for big reveal

Written By miftah nugraha on Jumat, 15 Maret 2013 | 19.55

Tasmania Museum andArt Gallery director Bill Bleatham says the new TMAG is ready to wow. Picture: SAM ROSEWARNE

SEVEN years and $30 million since it was first announced, the public will be able to judge if it was money well spent when the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery redevelopment is officially opened this morning.

Thousands are expected to visit the new-look museum this weekend and they're in for a visual treat, with 12 fresh exhibitions spread over more than 2000sqm of new space.

TMAG collection gallery

Members of the media were given a sneak peek yesterday, after 300 guests from across Australia attended an invite-only opening party on Wednesday night.

Highlights of the redevelopment include a new entrance via the historic Watergate on Dunn Place, the raised ceiling in the new Central Gallery (formerly the Zoology Gallery), the opening up of all four levels of the Bond Store, and new cafe and toilet facilities.

"The Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery was already a much-loved attraction, but this redevelopment has transformed it into a truly world-class facility," Premier Lara Giddings said.

TMAG director Bill Bleathman said the redevelopment had made the best bits of the museum more accessible to the public, helping exhibition curators share Tasmania's unique stories with visitors.

"The redevelopment has enabled us to showcase the objects and buildings that have fashioned the very essence of what it is to be Tasmanian," Mr Bleathman said.

"Our collection is the broadest of any single cultural institution in the nation and is now more accessible."

It is hoped the redeveloped TMAG will draw 50 per cent more visitors than before 450,000 a year, up from 300,000 with more than 1200 activities and events planned over the next 12 months.

And the redevelopment opening today is only stage one of a multi-million dollar mega-makeover planned for the future.

The TMAG will be open to the public from 10am-5pm daily from today. Admission is free. For more information about what's on, click here. To find out about Ten Days on the Island events at TMAG, click here.


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