Tasmania, a state of Australia that consists of a large island has experienced a turbulent and eventful history. Its indigenous inhabitants were Australian Aborigines, who are considered to have been present in the region 35,000 years in the past. The first European to sight Tasmania was Abel Tasman, a Dutch explorer. Today Tasmania is a noted tourist destination, attracting a multitude of Australian as well as foreign visitors each year.
The Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery commemorates the art, culture and history of the Australian state of Tasmania. This famed establishment is situated in the central business district of Hobart, in the environs of the Tasmanian city’s waterfront. The TMAG features a varied selection of special displays, permanent collections and temporary as well as touring exhibitions.
A particularly noteworthy feature of the museum is its Tasmanian Aboriginal Gallery, which is also identified by its Aboriginal name – Ningenneh Tunapry. This title means ‘to import understanding and knowledge’ in the Aboriginal tongue. This gallery depicts the value and richness of the culture and history of Tasmania’s indigenous inhabitants. It provides a glimpse of contemporary and traditional customs, practices and concerns of the Aboriginals of Tasmania. A highlight is a special bark canoe, the first such vehicle constructed after the mid-1800s.
Meanwhile the Colonial Art Gallery features a resplendent collection of artworks dating to the 19th century as well as a display of Huon furniture composed of pine wood dating to the early 1800s; this collection is considered to be one of the most important such features on the globe. Extensive collections of both Fine Art and Decorative Art are represented at TMAG providing an enchanting experience for the visitor.
On a different note TMAG displays an interactive ‘Islands to Ice’ exhibit which transports the visitor to the inhospitable climes of Antarctica.
There is also a natural history gallery which contains material relating to Tasmania’s biological evolution and its indigenous fauna and flora. Among its highlights are exhibits depicting the now extinct Tasmanian Tiger, or Thylacine.
The TMAG also contains a discovery centre for children, a shop and a café for the benefit of its patrons.
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