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TMAG openings

Richard Baines, Monday openings of Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery ‘under consideration’, ABC News, 11 May 2016

Key points:

  • TMAG has saved $100,000 since it stopped opening on Mondays in 2014
  • Arts Minister says reopening on Mondays was “under consideration”
  • Opposition says savings created by closing TMAG once a week not worth it

Tasmania’s Arts Minister has left the door open to reopening the state-owned Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery (TMAG) on Mondays.

TMAG. Photo: M Foley.

TMAG. Photo: M Foley.

TMAG was forced to shut its doors on Mondays and close an hour earlier on other days after facing serious financial problems in 2014.

The move attracted criticism from the tourism industry and the state Opposition.

In budget estimates last year Arts Minister Vanessa Goodwin said TMAG’s governance system was not working and it had no clear strategic direction.

A review of the organisation was subsequently launched and Ms Goodwin said it would be complete in the “not too distant future”.

“That will provide a clear direction for the museum but also we will be announcing in the future some potential changes to the governance structure,” she said.

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