3 places to explore Tasmania’s art scene

Art galleries will give you a closer look at Tasmania's history and culture.

With its wild scenery, it's no surprise that Tasmania has been inspiring artists for decades. The island state is home to a thriving art scene and you don't have to go far before you stumble across world-class museums, contemporary galleries and vibrant festivals.

On any trip around Tasmania, you should take the time to delve into the art and culture in these three locations. Just allow for plenty of time – you may find it hard to tear yourself away.

MONA is Australia's largest private museum and has been credited with renewing interest in Tasmania's art scene.

1. Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery

Located on Hobart's waterfront, this museum dates back to 1846, the historic building projecting a bewitching ambience before you even step inside. The art collections cover Tasmania's heritage from colonial times up to today. Ancient fossils and Aboriginal artefacts sit alongside modern art works, giving a complete overview of Tasmania's cultural identity.

Interactive displays and large galleries keep things engaging, making this an essential stop for anyone interested in history and culture as told through art. 

2. Museum of Old and New Art (MONA)

MONA is Australia's largest private museum and has been credited with renewing interest in Tasmania's unique art scene. The collection encompasses everything from Egyptian mummies to boundary-pushing contemporary art. There is also a cinema and a gift shop, plus an annual art and music festival every January. 

As if the museum itself wasn't enough of a draw, you can find the building in a vineyard that offers on-site dining, cellar door tastings and tours. The combination of internationally significant art and stunning surrounds make this an experience art lovers can't miss. 

The Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery is situated on Hobart's picturesque waterfront. The Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery is situated on Hobart's picturesque waterfront.

3. Salamanca Arts Centre

Established in 1976, the Salamanca Arts Centre is a significant arts hub in Hobart. It powers the creation and presentation of a range of arts and creative industries. It hosts live theatre, dance and music performances, and houses commercial galleries, art, craft and design studios. 

The centre's goal is to connect artists and art with audiences, boosting innovation and creativity within the Tasmanian arts scene. It's a great place to support artists and appreciate the richness of their work.  

Perusing art galleries and museums is hungry work. If you happen to be passing through Kempton, stop by Mood Food to fuel up on some home-cooked food – our chefs and baristas might not work with paint, but they do consider themselves artists. 

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