Exhibitions & Events

Special exhibitions

Temporary exhibitions are staged in the Exhibition Hall at the Museum, changing usually two or three times a year.

Exhibitions are curated by Museum volunteers and generally focus on some particular aspect of life in the Furneaux Islands. Museum material is often supplemented by objects lent by local residents .

Sometimes an exhibition showcases new Museum acquisitions or objects that are too fragile to be put on permanent display.

We also host exhibitions on loan from other organisations from time to time.

Current exhibition:
10 Island Stories
This exhibition features ten diverse objects chosen for a four-week workshop in which Museum volunteers learnt how to research and display artefacts for public exhibition. Some of the items are a trotting driver’s jacket with a short history of horse racing on the island, a glamorous beaded black taffeta evening jacket from the 1930s, and a patchwork quilt of 130 squares, each embroidered with its maker's initials, created by local Brownies between 1978 and 1991. Each item tells a story about some aspect of ife on Flinders Island in bygone days.

Some past exhibitions:
Triumphs and Tragedies - Shipwrecks of the Furneaux Group
> A Bridge Across Time 
> Lonely Graves of the Furneaux Islands
> Music and Dance in the Furneaux Islands 
> Through the Lens
> Quirky Objects

Events

Antiques Roadshow
The Museum had great success with its first Antiques Roadshow in 2018. Throughout the day people brought their treasures along for assessment by antiques specialist, Scott Millen - sometimes with surprising results! A second Roadshow planned for 2020 unfortunately had to be abandoned due to Covid-19 restrictions.

Furneaux Islands Festival
The local Council's annual Community Day was held at the Museum in January 2020. Locals and visitors alike relaxed in the grounds, enjoying a free concert and lavish lunch.

Travelling art exhibition
In 2019 Tasmanian artist Jane Giblin chose the Furneaux Museum for the State launch of her exhibition, I Shed My Skin, about the Willis family of the Furneaux Islands. After a month with us this exhibition went on tour around Tasmania.

A Bridge Across Time, 2006

Music and Dance in the Furneaux Islands, 2014

Ten Island Stories, 2021

I Shed My Skin, 2019