Rugged landscapes and exciting outdoor adventure activities help put Tasmania on the map, but what happens when a rainy day interrupts your holiday or you’d just rather spend a day indoors?
Fortunately, the island state is also well known for its rich history and diverse culture, so there is plenty to see away from the craggy mountains and pristine coastlines.
Tasmania’s museums and art galleries are spread right across the state and are home to some truly remarkable pieces along with special exhibitions that update regularly.
The many small museums offer visitors a glimpse inside the land and its people, from past to present.
10,000-year-old stone carvings can be viewed at Tiagarra Aboriginal Cultural Centre – a wonderful chance to learn more about fascinating indigenous history.
Launceston’s Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery and the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery in Hobart both hold exhibitions that offer an insight into the region’s heritage, along with superb displays of local artworks.
The Museum of Old and New Art (MONA) opened in January 2011 and has already built a strong reputation as the nation’s largest private art collection.
Most public galleries and museums in Tasmania offer free admission, so there’s surely no better way to while away an afternoon.