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Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery

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Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery

The Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery were established in 1846, by the Royal Society of Tasmania, the oldest Royal Society outside England. The museum is a combined museum, art gallery, and herbarium, which houses the State Collection of Tasmania.

Among the many masterpieces and historical objects in the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, the following are some highlights:

  • ‘The Baily flag’ 1914
  • Hamilton Inn couch c. 1820
  • The Thylacine
  • Colonial Arts
  • Tasmanian Fauna

A Virtual Tour of Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery

  • Cupid and Psyche” by William-Adolphe Bouguereau
    • “Cupid and Psyche” by William-Adolphe Bouguereau is only one of many depictions executed by the artist on this subject. The painting features Greek mythological Cupid rescuing Psyché. He transports Psyche to his palace home, which according to the story, has golden columns, a carved ceiling of citrus wood and ivory, silver walls embossed with wild and domesticated animals, and jeweled mosaic floors.

      At this mysterious palace, a voice tells Psyche to make herself comfortable, and she is entertained at a feast that serves itself and by singing to an invisible lyre. Although fearful, Psyche allows herself to be guided to a bedroom, where in the darkness, a being she cannot see, has sex with her. She gradually learns to look forward to his visits, though he always departs before sunrise and forbids her to look upon him.


Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery

  • Name:                 Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery
  • Established:         1843
  • Type:                    Historical Museum, Art Gallery and Herbarium
  • Location:              Dunn Place, Hobart, Tasmania
  • City:                      Hobart


“A museum is a place where one should lose one’s head.”
– Renzo Piano


Photo Credit: By JTdale (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

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