When there's nothing to do on a lazy day off, and the budget's a bit tight, look no further than the QVMAG Art Gallery in Launceston. Nestled in the grounds of Royal Park, you can take a scenic and picturesque walk to the gallery, passing lush grass, shady trees, and slightly abstract statues.
Housing both long term and temporary exhibitions, every visit is a new experience. From paintings by the greats, to photographs by the best in Tasmania, even a widespread sock monkey exhibition or a splash of antique Chinese culture, it's easy to spend a couple of hours broadening your mind on different levels, often with exhibitions that you never thought you'd see. For example, the sock monkey exhibit was knitted sock monkeys made to look like famous people and characters. Who would have thought?
Two floors worth of culture, a darling little gift shop to take home a splash of the experience, and a tiny cafe, this venue is perfect for either a group catch up or a by ones self afternoon. The possibilities are endless.
The best part? Free entry.
The only downfall is the lack of specifically child friendly activities. This isn't a place to take an enthusiastic toddler who likes to practice his sense of touch. There aren't many barriers protecting the works from sticky fingers, so if you choose to brave the musty hushed gallery environment with an energetic individual in his formative years, be prepared to keep a close eye.
Either way, every visitor is in for a treat. Whether you're a tourist passing through, or a local, every visit will be a different experience. Happy self-improvement!