Hobart's Museums and Galleries

Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery

The home to Tasmania's state art and historical artefacts collection, Tasmania's state museum and art gallery was established in the 1840s as the museum of the Royal Society of Tasmania. The buildings and site are of historical significance and include the first purpose built museum building dated 1863. The collections include Natural Sciences (Zoology, Botany, Geology), Applied Science, Humanities (Art, Decorative Arts, Costume, Social History, Indigenous Cultures, Numismatics, Photographs, Documents and Ephemera) and Library. The Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery also includes the Tasmanian Herbarium. Free admission, except for some special exhibitions.

Open Tuesday Sunday, 10am 4pm; Closed Monday, Good Friday, Christmas Day and Anzac Day (effective Monday, 3 November 2014)

Contact: (03) 6165 7000; recorded information (03) 6211 4114. Location: Dunn Place, Hobart.


Maritime Museum Tasmania

Displaying Tasmania's rich maritime heritage. The Museum's collection includes historic items, paintings and ships models. The displays cover the exploits of early explorers, the whaling industry, stories of trading barges and ferries in the everyday life of days now gone, and the central role of sailing ships and steam ships in the export of apples, minerals and timber. Entry fees apply. The Museum operates 2-hour Port Walk guided walking tours which take in The Maritime Museum, Colonial Gallery (Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery), Hunter Island, Victoria Dock, Constitution Dock and the ketch, May Queen, Mawson Place, Waterman's Dock, Salamanca Place and Abel Tasman Memorial (charges apply, bookings essential).
Contact: (03) 6234 1427. Location: Carnegie House, 16 Argyle Street, Sullivans Cove, Hobart.


Allport Library and Museum of Fine Arts

Henry Allport bequeathed the contents of the Allport Library and Museum of Fine Arts to the people of Tasmania in 1965. Convict artists and the work of many colonial landscape artists are a feature of the collection. The Allport Library contains almost 6000 books and pamphlets. The Gallery presents several exhibitions a year showing artwork and other items from the collections. Disabled access available.
Location: State Library of Tasmania, Ground Floor, 91 Murray Street, Hobart. Contact: (03) 6233 7484.


John Elliott Classics Museum

Displays a collection of approximately 800 Greek vases. The Museum's collection contains representative examples of the art and culture of ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia, Greece, Etruria and Rome. Collection is the realisation of the vision in 1954 of the then Professor of Classics, JR. Elliott, to create a collection which would both serve as a teaching adjunct to the courses in the Department of History and Classics and provide an exhibition of original antiquities accessible to all Tasmanians.
Contact: (03)6226 2235.
Location: University of Tasmania, University Centre, Churchill Avenue, Hobart. How to get there: proceed south on either Lacquarie or Davey Streets, right into Antill St, then into Regent St and Churchill Ave.


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MONA Museum of Old and New Art

A museum and gallery housing an exquisite collection of antiquities. Located among vineyards on a private peninsula on the Derwent River, pieces from Africa, pre-Columbian Costa Rica (including some gold), Egypt and the Roman colonies are on display in a series of light-filled galleries. Guided tours are available each day at 11 am and 2 pm. Free admission.Contact: (03) 6277 9900. Website. 655 Main Road, Berriedale. How to get there: by car, drive north from Hobart on Brooker Hwy, take the Main Rd exit at Berriedale. A jetty provides private and charter access to the site and there is a fast catamaran service from the Hobart waterfront.


Tasmanian Transport Museum

Historical items and memorabilia relating to Tasmania's transport history. The museum exhibits include railway locomotives, railmotors, carriages and wagons, trams, trolley buses, motor buses, stationary steam engines and many other items of historical interest. There is also a display of historical photographs and other small objects. Diesel hauled train trips are run at the museum twice a month, on the first and third Sunday. Entry fees apply.
Contact: 0428 386 843 or (03) 6272 7721. Website. Location: Anfield St, Glenorchy. How to get there: by car, north from Hobart on the Brooker Hwy, take the Elwick Rd, Glenorchy exit, right into Grove Rd, left into Anfield St; by bus, Metro Bus No. 15, 16.


Old Hobart Gaol (Penetentiary Chapel)

The Penitentiary Chapel Historic Site was built in the early 1830's according to the design of Colonial Architect and Civil Engineer John Lee Archer. Originally designed as a chapel for the growing convict population of Hobart Town, there was also the inclusion of 36 solitary confinement punishment cells, unlit and poorly ventilated, constructed beneath the chapel floor. This chapel served the adjoining Prisoners Barracks which later became the Hobart Gaol. Today the Penitentiary Chapel complex remains a fascinating insight into Colonial Tasmania. Day tours and evening ghost tours available.
Location: Cnr Campbell and Brisbane Streets, Hobart. Phone: (03) 6231 0911.


Narryna Heritage Museum

Narryna is a handsome Georgian house set in a picturesque, old-world setting. The museum houses many unique and rare items from Tasmania's colonial past. Each room contains items that represent life for a wealthy merchant in Hobart, as well as showcasing many items complementing the domestic duties that were carried out by servants. Narryna also has one of the largest costume collections in the Southern Hemisphere. Costumes are rotated regularly throughout the museum and represent the clothes worn by women of the period. Visit Narryna and experience what life was like for a wealthy merchant of colonial Tasmania. Entry fees apply.
Location: 103 Hampden Road, Battery Point. Phone (03) 6234 2791.

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