Inveresk entrance
Royal Park entrance

Our Museum
The Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery is the largest museum and art gallery in Australia located outside a capital city and is administered by the Launceston City Council, with continuing financial support from the Tasmanian State Government. It enjoys an enviable reputation and national profile for its collections of Australian colonial art, contemporary craft and design, Tasmanian history and natural sciences. Special features include a Chinese Temple, Planetarium and now, the interpretation of one of Tasmania's most intact nineteenth century industrial environments, the Launceston Railway Workshops.

Museum building, Royal Park The Museum is located on two sites: the original purpose-built building in Royal Park and the Inveresk site, once the Launceston Railway Workshops. The development of the Launceston Railway Workshops is a story of transformation. Stage one was the development of the Tasmanian Conservation Centre, which provided the State with national standard conservation laboratories and workshops.

Museum foyer, InvereskStage two saw Tasmanian architectural firm Artas team with internationally renowned Australian architect, Andrew Andersons, to develop a new Art Gallery and associated facilities. One-third of the impressive and dominating Stone Building, named after the engineer Edward Stone, is now The Art Gallery: the principal, high-quality exhibition space. The other two-thirds house the Academy of the Arts, a joint venture between the University of Tasmania and TAFE Tasmania.

Art Gallery, Inveresk

Stage two also involved the development of buildings that now house a range of exhibitions interpreting the history of the workshops.

The Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery is Launceston's cultural heartbeat and gateway to Tasmania's history and character. It tells the story of our lives and the time and place in which we live. It draws a map of who we are and where we've been.

We hope you enjoy our special journey.

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