The Victoria Museum and Art Gallery was officially opened on Wednesday 29 April 1891 by the Governor of the day, Sir Robert G C Hamilton KCB. The original building consisted of a gallery to display mineral specimens with an art gallery on the next level. The first of many extensions began in 1907 with the addition of a zoological gallery.
To avoid confusion with the Victorian State Museums the Launceston City Council agreed to the amended title of 'Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery.' The Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery at Royal Park was heritage listed in 1978.
In 1998, the Museum began the development of a new site at the former Launceston railway yards in Inveresk. The site was redeveloped by Tasmanian architectural firm Artas in collaboration with internationally renowned Australian architect, Andrew Andersons. On 23 November 2001 the Museum was officially opened to the public and a decision was made in 2007 to feature at this site, the Museum's natural science and history collections and to create a dedicated Art Gallery at the Royal Park site. On 16 September 2011, the refurbished Art Gallery was officially opened.
The QVMAG purpose is to engage with the wider community in order to:
- Provide research and educational opportunities;
- Generate and share new knowledge;
- Increase community awareness of current understandings relevant to the institution’s collections of scientific material; and
- Build upon, maintain and conserve these collections for the benefit of future generations.
An annual report is produced each year by the QVMAG. Download current and past reports.
Governance Advisory Board
Working with the Launceston City Council and the community to advance the aims of the QVMAG's Museum and Art Gallery, is the Museum Governance Advisory Board.
The role of the Board is to:
- Provide advice on the QVMAG Strategic Plan;
- Support the institution and specifically assist with facilitating higher levels of engagement within the community;
- Advise upon the institution's quality assurance mechanisms where appropriate;
- The review and implementation of museum processes and practices relevant to current best practice in museum practice and research relevant to the institution’s collections;
- Raise the institution’s research and publication profile in a Tasmanian, national and international context and importantly within the cultural and scientific communities relevant to the QVMAG collections and programming;
- Provide an advocacy body for the QVMAG and where appropriate represent the institution in the wider community;
- Fundraise and secure government, private and corporate sponsorships in support of the institution’s acquisitions and exhibitions program, its research initiatives and publications program and;
QVMAG Collection Policy
QVMAG Research Committee Policy
QVMAG Friends Policy
QVMAG Firearms Policy
QVMAG Human Remains Policy
QVMAG Positions and Awards Policy
Download the Inveresk Green Precinct Project: Towards Energy and Water Sustainability report.