Queen Victoria Museum & Art Gallery

Queen Victoria Museum & Art Gallery

Queen Victoria Museum & Art Gallery
4.5
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
About
The Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery (QVMAG) is Launceston's cultural hub and Australia's largest regional museum. QVMAG holds a national profile for its collections of Tasmanian art, history and natural science. Located across two sites: the 1870s era railway workshop Museum at Inveresk and an 1891 Art Gallery at Royal Park. The Museum at Inveresk is home to railway workshops and permanent exhibition Tasmanian Connections. Highlights include dinosaurs, native Tasmanian species, convict history, artefacts from Australia's oldest shipwreck, the Phenomena Factory and the Launceston Planetarium. The Art Gallery at Royal Park features temporary and permanent exhibitions which bring the histories, identities and stories of Northern Tasmania into a fresh and contemporary context. Both sites are connected across the Launceston CBD with walking and public transport options available.
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  • suzanne
    1 contribution
    Go, it is great!
    It's a really fine museum, a great mix of displays. I enjoyed cameras and carburettors. Just wish I had time to do the planetarium as well bit I did watch the Murray Fredericks greenland ice cap doco and loved the exhibition of his work and, what luck, the man himself was there doing a talk - what a bonus!
    Visited February 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 24 February 2023
  • Ellie C
    Hobart, Australia27 contributions
    Interesting, definitely worth a visit
    Went to the Invermay museum and had a thoroughly good time looking around at everything. Some really fascinating exhibits on the geological history of Tasmania and the thylacine especially. Also took in a planetarium show - Capcom Go. I found the documentary itself a little surface level - I was hoping from the description for a more in-depth look at the Mission Control for the Apollo program but the info given was a lot broader and mostly stuff I think most adults would already know. Really enjoyed the stargazing talk afterwards though, a really knowledgeable guide
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 7 June 2023
  • Grant N
    Hastings, New Zealand1,421 contributions
    Definitely worth a visit - great staff
    Had a few problems finding it and finding parking but all okay in the end. Very nice staff - happy and smiling and chatty - also very helpful. Wandered through the museum and really liked the Tasmanian geology history especially the digital display that showed the Bass Strait area through the centuries. The detail of the first Tasmanians was also most interesting. However our highlight (we're visitors from New Zealand) was the Nomads of the Sea video - really a taste of home and very well done. Watched it a couple of times and enjoyed it immensely. Overall a very good visit made better by the staff on duty at the time
    Visited May 2023
    Written 13 June 2023
  • David Hourigan
    Melbourne, Australia22 contributions
    A highlight of visiting Launceston, must see.
    Two great locations. The gallery is closer to the centre of town, and has some really interesting exhibitions - the current street art one is really recommended, and I believe they have an upcoming miniature art exhibition in late 2023 which I will be going back to see. The museum is also cool, the grungy old rail sheds out the back give a good glimpse of Launceston’s industrial past.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 25 June 2023
  • Julie L
    Leichhardt, Australia923 contributions
    Great way to spend a few hours
    We preferred the Inveresk site, it’s up there with any large city museum we’ve been to, and it’s free! The permanent displays are well done and we loved the National Geographic photo competition. The staff were helpful and friendly and the facilities were clean and well appointed. A great way to spend a few hours in Launceston.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 31 July 2023
  • adaml751
    Hobart, Australia36 contributions
    Worth coming just for the Planetarium !
    Visited the Invermay site on the Uni grounds. The space exhibit (Australia in space, put together by Questacon) was amazing (only on until 15th October 2023). We also paid for a ticket to the planetarium which was great. Both of these kept my 7 year old to attention for 2 hours which was awesome. The railway/tramway part was ok, but could have been better. So much more to see though- will have to come back at another time. Make sure you visit Blue Cafe over the other side of the car park when you have finished. A great way to spend a rainy day. Please make sure you donate $ when you visit to keep this great museum going.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 4 October 2023
  • Callan
    Auckland, New Zealand25 contributions
    Excellent regional museum, very engaging.
    I visited the QVMAG Museum on holiday as an international visitor. I also work in the museum sector in my home country. The museum has a significant number of collections on display in both permanent and temporary exhibitions. The museum is well laid out and is very professionally presented. The front counter staff were very helpful and friendly on my arrival. As a foreigner I found it very insightful to learn about the local history and prehistory of Launceston and Tasmania. The highlights for me were the Thylacine exhibit 'Precious Little Remains' and two temporary exhibitions highlighting local wetland ecosystems and the HJ King photographic collections. I spent several hours perusing the galleries and could've stayed longer. I found this museum much more engaging and than the state museum in Hobart (TMAG). One thing I did feel was lacking was a dedicated representation of the local aboriginal history. I understand this a complex and fraught topic within collecting institutions and as a foreigner I'm not fully aware of the challenges and processes here in Australia. The recent temporary Wetlands exhibition does have a section acknowledging the local aboriginal people abd their relationship to the area. The museum also has an excellent gift shop (better than most) featuring many Tasmanian and Australian made products.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 7 October 2023
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Callan
Auckland, New Zealand25 contributions
Oct 2023 • Solo
I visited the QVMAG Museum on holiday as an international visitor. I also work in the museum sector in my home country.

The museum has a significant number of collections on display in both permanent and temporary exhibitions. The museum is well laid out and is very professionally presented. The front counter staff were very helpful and friendly on my arrival.

As a foreigner I found it very insightful to learn about the local history and prehistory of Launceston and Tasmania. The highlights for me were the Thylacine exhibit 'Precious Little Remains' and two temporary exhibitions highlighting local wetland ecosystems and the HJ King photographic collections. I spent several hours perusing the galleries and could've stayed longer. I found this museum much more engaging and than the state museum in Hobart (TMAG).

One thing I did feel was lacking was a dedicated representation of the local aboriginal history. I understand this a complex and fraught topic within collecting institutions and as a foreigner I'm not fully aware of the challenges and processes here in Australia. The recent temporary Wetlands exhibition does have a section acknowledging the local aboriginal people abd their relationship to the area.

The museum also has an excellent gift shop (better than most) featuring many Tasmanian and Australian made products.
Written 7 October 2023
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adaml751
Hobart, Australia36 contributions
Oct 2023 • Family
Visited the Invermay site on the Uni grounds. The space exhibit (Australia in space, put together by Questacon) was amazing (only on until 15th October 2023). We also paid for a ticket to the planetarium which was great. Both of these kept my 7 year old to attention for 2 hours which was awesome. The railway/tramway part was ok, but could have been better. So much more to see though- will have to come back at another time.
Make sure you visit Blue Cafe over the other side of the car park when you have finished. A great way to spend a rainy day. Please make sure you donate $ when you visit to keep this great museum going.
Written 5 October 2023
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Natalie H
1 contribution
Sept 2023 • Family
So many great exhibits and friendly staff. Shame that it closed at 4pm. We will have to return to finish seeing everything
Written 14 September 2023
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Margaret C
3 contributions
Sept 2023 • Family
Set in a lovely building the galleries displays are well set out and very interesting. The mix of indigenous and European-based art is excellent t.
Written 9 September 2023
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Hollie J
1 contribution
Aug 2023 • Friends
was really cool, enjoyed the space room. need to bring back the cool bridge with the cool game room
Written 26 August 2023
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Sabrinaschmid
Brisbane, Australia345 contributions
Aug 2023 • Family
Excellent museum. Well kept with friend people. The exhibitions were very interesting and the planetarium was great. It’s a world class planetarium with a 30min show then a 30min talk. Very well done.
Written 5 August 2023
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Julie L
Leichhardt, Australia923 contributions
July 2023 • Couples
We preferred the Inveresk site, it’s up there with any large city museum we’ve been to, and it’s free!

The permanent displays are well done and we loved the National Geographic photo competition.

The staff were helpful and friendly and the facilities were clean and well appointed. A great way to spend a few hours in Launceston.
Written 31 July 2023
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David Hourigan
Melbourne, Australia22 contributions
May 2023 • Solo
Two great locations. The gallery is closer to the centre of town, and has some really interesting exhibitions - the current street art one is really recommended, and I believe they have an upcoming miniature art exhibition in late 2023 which I will be going back to see. The museum is also cool, the grungy old rail sheds out the back give a good glimpse of Launceston’s industrial past.
Written 26 June 2023
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Grant N
Hastings, New Zealand1,421 contributions
May 2023
Had a few problems finding it and finding parking but all okay in the end. Very nice staff - happy and smiling and chatty - also very helpful. Wandered through the museum and really liked the Tasmanian geology history especially the digital display that showed the Bass Strait area through the centuries. The detail of the first Tasmanians was also most interesting. However our highlight (we're visitors from New Zealand) was the Nomads of the Sea video - really a taste of home and very well done. Watched it a couple of times and enjoyed it immensely. Overall a very good visit made better by the staff on duty at the time
Written 13 June 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Ellie C
Hobart, Australia27 contributions
June 2023 • Solo
Went to the Invermay museum and had a thoroughly good time looking around at everything. Some really fascinating exhibits on the geological history of Tasmania and the thylacine especially. Also took in a planetarium show - Capcom Go. I found the documentary itself a little surface level - I was hoping from the description for a more in-depth look at the Mission Control for the Apollo program but the info given was a lot broader and mostly stuff I think most adults would already know. Really enjoyed the stargazing talk afterwards though, a really knowledgeable guide
Written 8 June 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

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