Learning Programs

Education at QVMAG

National Science Week

The school theme for National Science Week 2018 is Game Changers and Change Makers 

Discover amazing people in science and the incredible contributions that have changed our world. 

This year's program at QVMAG includes the following activities: 

Spiders exhibition 
Come face-to-face with live Australian Tarantulas, Giant Water Spiders and deadly Funnel-webs and Redbacks. Questacon-engineered interactive exhibits will allow students to compete in dance off with a Peacock Spider, hold a virtual spider, test the strength of silk and feel web vibrations.

Crazy Scientist Show
Be inspired and blown away by astonishing scientific experiments in the Crazy Scientist Show!

Change your game! 
Discover 'Game changers and change makers' and their amazing contributions to science!  Students will be challenged by interactive activities related to each one. 

Special Science Week mini-show. Find out how humans found helium in the Sun, see part of one of our most popular planetarium shows, and learn what you will see in Launceston's August night sky.  

Cost and Times
$10 per student gives you timetabled access to all of these amazing programs (more than $15 value).
Program runs from 10am-2.30pm each day. Please arrive at 9.45am.
Please complete the Booking Form(DOCX, 48KB) and return to education@qvmag.tas.gov.au


QVMAG Playgroup is held at the Museum at Inveresk every Wednesday.  

Children aged two to six years and parents, carers and grandparents are welcome to attend the fun, creative and educational sessions. 

Please note for your comfort and safety our Learning Centre has a maximum capacity of 45 visitors. 

Term 2 2018 Playgroup Schedule(PDF, 1MB)
Term 3 2018 Playgroup Schedule(PDF, 507KB)

To register for Playgroup, please complete the Booking Consent form(DOCX, 107KB) and return to bookings@qvmag.tas.gov.au (*Please note that payments will be processed from 1 July 2018).  

Full term attendance
Standard $90.00
QVMAG Friends $81.00

Casual attendance
Standard $10.00
QVMAG Friends $9.00

Please note Payment is required at the time of booking and is non-refundable.

To register, please return a completed Playgroup Registration form to our Bookings Officer

School Holiday Program

QVMAG School Holiday programs are available for children aged 5 to 12 years and run according to the Tasmanian School Holiday schedule. 

The next School Holiday program runs from 16 - 20 July 2018. 


To register for the program, please complete and return a Booking and Consent form(DOCX, 52KB) (*Please note that payments will be processed from 1 July 2018). 

Contact our Bookings Officer for more information. 


Because of her, we can! 

2-6 July 2018, 10.30am-2.30pm at both QVMAG sites. 

Celebrate with us the strength of amazing Tasmanian Aboriginal women from the 1830s and their incredible contributions that have changed history. 

This year's program begins in the week before NAIDOC to allow school groups to access the following activities: 

Queen Victoria Art Gallery, Royal Park 

  • Self-guided tours of The First Tasmanians - Our Story exhibition - Come face-to-face with the continuing culture of our First Tasmanians. (free*)
  • Banner display - Stories of the strength, resilience and fortitude of our Tyrelore women and Wyballena folk that exemplify the Naidoc theme: "Because of her, we can!" (free*)

Queen Victoria Museum, Inveresk 

  • Interactive young Aboriginal Sharers of Cultural Knowledge - Discover how the passing on of cultural practices from generation to generation has empowered our latest generation of practitioners (45 mins) ($5 pp*)
  • Auditorium - special screenings of Tasmanian Aboriginal stories. (45 mins) (free*)
  • Banner display - Stories of the strength, resilience and fortitude of our Tyrelore women and Wyballena folk that exemplify the Naidoc theme: "Because of her, we can!". (free*)

*Please note all education bookings attract a $10 booking fee. Please contact education@qvmag.tas.gov.au for more information. 


Spiders are coming to QVMAG at Inveresk from 30 June - 28 October 2018. 

Come face-to-face with live Australian Tarantulas, Giant Water Spiders, deadly Funnel-webs and Redbacks.

Have a dance-off with a Peacock Spider, hold a virtual spider, test the strength of spider silk and feel web vibrations, all using the Questacon-engineered interactive exhibits. 

School special

Book your class in to visit the Spiders Exhibition, and get an Amazing Arachnids Interactive Activity as a free bonus. Cost $5 per student. Please contact education@qvmag.tas.gov.au to secure a spot for your class. Please note places are limited. 


Art Competitions

Each year QVMAG celebrates three major artistic competitions for young people: ArtStart, Art High and ArtRage. 

ArtStart is open to Primary aged students. 

Art Start applications have closed for Term two and the exhibition will be launched on 20 June at 4pm at the Art Gallery.
QVMAG Director Richard Mulvaney will open the exhibition.
We love the opportunity to curate the work of such talented artists and look forward to another successful show.

The next ArtStart theme for Term Four 2018 is Cobwebs, tangles and networks. It focuses on the visual effects that can be achieved when reflecting upon both natural and man-made connections between nature and humans. More information coming soon. 

Our competitions encourage young people to use a range of art mediums to explore assigned themes. 

Entries are displayed at the Art Gallery at Royal Park. 

Artrage exhibits works by Tasmanian students at college level. Held annually, the event regularly attracts vibrant, thought-provoking pieces by a new generation of creative professionals. 

Phenomena Factory

The Phenomena Factory at the Museum at Inveresk is an interactive and exciting science centre providing hands-on education for kids of all ages.