With a mission statement to sustain, inspire, and create, Design Tasmania (formerly the Design Centre was established to stimulate the creation of high-quality Tasmanian craft and design. Today, only Tasmanian-created items are exhibited and sold, including the work of emerging craftspeople and designers.
Part art collection and part retail experience, Design Tasmania is somewhat of a hidden gem in Launceston. Visitors enjoy access to Australia’s first collection of contemporary wood designs, as well as a series of rotating exhibitions. The museum shop is just as impressive as the actual collection, with everything from jewelry and clothing to homewares and bespoke furniture handcrafted by Tasmanian designers. Admission to the museum is by donation.
Things to know before you go
*Design Tasmania is a must-visit for anyone interested in art, architecture, or design. *Museum facilities include a shop and restrooms. *Give yourself at least an hour to tour the museum and browse the shop.
How to get there
The Design Tasmania Centre is in the city center overlooking City Park from the corner of Brisbane and Tamar Streets. You can get there on foot from almost anywhere in the city center or hire a taxi.
When to get there
The center is open daily throughout the year, with longer hours on weekdays and during the summer months. Rotating exhibitions change every few weeks, so check online to see what’s showing before your visit.
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- National Automobile Museum of Tasmania
- James Boag Brewery
- Launceston Planetarium
- Tamar Valley
- Queen Victoria Museum & Art Gallery (QVMAG)
- Cataract Gorge Reserve
- Franklin House
- Tamar Island Wetlands
- Josef Chromy Wines
- Grindelwald Swiss Village
- Woolmers Estate
- Clarendon House