The recent refurbishment of the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery (TMAG) has paid off and delighted judges at the Museums and Galleries National Awards (MAGNA), with TMAG taking home the National Award for most outstanding museum development.
The Hobart-based museum and art gallery's suite of 12 new exhibitions also scooped up an award in the Permanent Exhibitions category, with the TMAG team posting on their Facebook page that they consider this level of recognition, by national peers, a "great honour".
"Just as important though is that the museum is enjoyed by you, the visiting public. We'd love to see you through our doors soon, especially if you have yet to visit the redeveloped TMAG," TMAG posted on May 20.
The MAGNA judges said that the redevelopment of TMAG's core exhibitions utilises more space to produce an "integrated suite of museum displays", achieving a greater consistency of collection presentations and experiences than what was attainable before.
"The architectural redevelopment, providing beautifully designed new and refurbished spaces for the new exhibitions, as well as interconnecting older displays and facilities on the site, has produced highly successful, visitor-appealing outcomes," the judges commented.
"The TMAG redevelopment of core exhibitions has demonstrably garnered much community engagement and support, and will provide a strong basis for the further redevelopments still planned."
TMAG is open from seven days a week from 10:00 to 17:00 – So make sure to check it out on your visit to Hobart!