Colonial to 21st-century art, Australian craft and design, natural history, science, convict memorabilia – Launceston’s Queen Victoria Museum is a cornucopia of Tasmanian history and design.
The museum’s Aboriginal collection features traditional shell necklaces and community history. Other permanent exhibitions include installations tracing Tasmanian lives, science and technology, transport, sport and the art of the blacksmith.
An important research and resource center, the museum also has a rich collection of photography, oral histories, cuttings and files.
The museum’s popular Planetarium explores the origins of life, Pluto and the current night sky with digital shows, technical wizardry and the high-powered star projector.
The Queen Victoria Museum is in two locations in Launceston. The main campus is housed in purpose-built buildings in the remodeled railway yards at Inveresk, while the Royal Park branch is closed for renovations.
Inveresk is across the North Esk River, just over the water from City Park. A river walk winds there from the city-center complex at Royal Park.