Changes afoot at Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery

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As the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery prepares for the first phase of its planned $200 million redevelopment, a temporary exhibition will be set up from next month for visitors to the island state.

The stage one redevelopment, which is scheduled to begin in September, will cost $30 million and will see up to three-quarters of the museum’s exhibits packed away until the work has been completed – likely in late 2012 or early 2013, the Mercury reports.

Visitors who still want to experience the facility while it undergoes its dramatic transformation will be able to attend a smaller, temporary display which will be open from the facility’s entrance on Argyle St. The Macquarie St visitor entrance will remain closed temporarily during the renovation work.

According to deputy director Peter West, the new facility is set to feature an “even more awesome” zoology area, which promises to “tell stories in a new way”.

Last week, the Hobart venue threw a farewell party to its existing Zoology Gallery, which is set to temporarily close from September 1, along with the Colonial and International Art Galleries.

The museum shop and Courtyard Cafe are also set to be temporarily relocated while the construction work is carried out.

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