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Galleries and Museums

Hobart's museums and galleries focus on the history and unique culture of the city and the island state. Hobart Town itself is a living museum and link to the past unlike any other Australian capital. The galleries and museums listed below are all in and around Hobart and will give you an insight into the city and its history. For example, the collection of the mariner's art of scrimshaw – carving and painting on whalebone – at the WL Crowther Library and the colonial furniture – often made of local timber - at the Museum of Antiquities both tell a tale of resourcefulness and frugality. At the same time, Hobart as a colony was well-serviced, at least for the better-off, with theatre productions, books, music, art and dancing to rival those of London.

Contemporary museums and artspaces showcase the superb-quality art and crafts of today's masters. Tasmania, once an outpost of the Empire and a brutal penal dump, nevertheless maintained an interest in the arts to the point where today many writers, artists and craftspeople from the mainland are making Hobart and the surrounding areas their home and workspace, taking inspiration from the beautiful scenery and unique natural materials while benefitting from the relatively low cost of living.

Museums and galleries in and around Hobart are:

  • Allport Library and Museum of Fine Arts
    91 Murray Street Hobart (03) 6233 7484
    www.statelibrary.tas.gov.au/Heritage/allport.htm
    Mon-Fri 9.30–5.00 and last Saturday 9.30 – 2.30pm

  • AMA Medical History Museum
    2 Gore Street South Hobart (03) 6223 2047
    By appointment

  • Australian Antarctic Division Display
    Channel Highway Kingston (03) 6232 3516
    9am-4pm daily except public holidays

  • Bligh Museum of Pacific Exploration
    876 Main Road Adventure Bay Bruny Island (03) 6293 1117
    10am to 3pm daily

  • Channel Historical and Folk Museum
    Channel Highway Margate (03) 6267 2333
    10am-4pm daily

  • John Elliot Classics Museum
    University of Tasmania Sandy Bay (03) 6220 2235
    Tuesdays and Thursdays 9-12.30 & 1-5pm Wednedays 1-5pm

  • Maritime Museum of Tasmania
    16 Argyle Street Hobart (03) 6234 1427
    9am-5pm daily except Easter Sun and Christmas Day

  • Museum of Antiquities
    Moorilla Estate winery Berriedale (03) 6277 9900

  • Narryna Heritage Museum
    103 Hampden Rd Battery Point (03) 6234 2791
    Tuesday-Friday 10.30-5pm Saturday-Sunday 2.30-5pm closed July

  • National Archives of Australia – Tasmanian Office
    4 Rosny Hill Rd Rosny Park (03) 6244 0101 www.naa.gov.au
    Mon-Fri 9am-4pm Closed 12.30-1.30pm

  • Runnymede House
    61 Bay Rd New Town (03) 6278 1269
    open daily

  • St David's Anglican Cathedral
    Murray and Macquarie Streets Hobart (03) 6234 4900
    9am-5pm daily

  • State Library of Tasmania
    91 Murray Street Hobart (03) 6233 7511 www.statelibrary.tas.gov.au
    Monday to Saturday check locally for opening times

  • Tasmanian Herbarium
    College Road Sandy Bay (03) 6226 2635

  • Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery
    Dunn Place, Hobart, 7000, (03) 6165 7000 www.tmag.tas.gov.au
    Open Tuesday - Sunday, 10am - 4pm. Closed Monday, Good Friday, Christmas Day and Anzac Day.

  • University of Tasmania Fine Art Collection
    Churchill Avenue Sandy Bay (03) 6220 2233
    Corridors and foyers office hours, other areas by appointment

  • WL Crowther Library
    91 Murray Street Hobart (03) 6233 7474 www.statelibrary.tas.gov.au/Heritage/crowther.htm
    Mon-Fri with half day Thursday and last Saturday

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