The Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery provides visitors with an insight into the celebrated history of Tasmania.
Positioned in Hobart’s CBD near the waterfront, the museum showcases an array of Tasmanian artefacts and artwork, including an Aboriginal Gallery and Antarctica exhibition.
Grab a bit to eat at the café and shop, and be sure to take the kids to the children’s discovery centre.
The Tasmanian Transport Museum has several buildings which exhibit railway locomotives, carriages, wagons, trams, trolley buses, motor buses and steam engines.
On display also is a collection of historical items including photographs which give context to early transportation.
Twice a month train trips are run from the museum, where visitors have the opportunity to ride onboard the steam locomotive and DP class diesel railmotor.
|Where:||The museum is located off Anfield Street, Glenorchy, and is opposite the Northgate shopping centre in Hobart.|
|Open:||Saturdays, Sundays and Public Holidays: 1:00 pm until at least 4:00 pm. The museum opens from 11am on steam train running days.|
|Admission:||Admission on train ride days is $8.00 adults and $4.00 children (includes unlimited train rides), and on non-operating days, admission is $6.00 adults and $3.00 children.|
|Phone:||0428 386 843|
|Website:||Tasmanian Transport Museum|
Discover the art of chocolate making at Federation Chocolate, located 75 minutes from Hobart.
This family-owned business allows visitors to watch the chocolate makings process through viewing windows, and taste samples of these sweet delights.
The Federation Heritage Museum provides an insight into Tasmania’s convict history, and has a collection of historical artefacts and memorabilia on display including tools used by early settlers.
|Where:||2 South Street, Taranna, Tasmania|
|Phone:||03 6250 3435|
|Website:||Federation Chocolate & Heritage Museum|
Australia’s Antarctic Headquarters is placed in the historic city of Hobart and houses a historic collection of photographs and models exhibiting Antarctic research activities.
|Where:||Channel Highway, Kingston Tasmania|
|Open:||Open Monday - Friday (excluding Public Holidays): 8.30 - 4.30.|
|Phone:||(03) 6232 3212|
|Website:||Australia's Antarctic Headquarters|
Tasmania is rich in heritage, with a large number of leading museums across the State exhibiting rare artefacts and memorabilia depicting both pre-European and convict settlement history.
Below is a collection of some of the popular museums that are worth visiting while in Tasmania. Although not an all-inclusive list, this guide is a good start as to where one can get a taste of Tasmania’s profound history.
See Tasmania's largest collection of trains at the Don River Railway in Devonport.
Climb on board a vintage steam train and enjoy a 30 minute round trip, before returning to explore the museum and workshop.
There are over 10,000 items on display in the Copping Colonial and Convict Collection.
Items date back to the 1800s and depict everyday living of early settlers through to modern living of today.
|Where:||2217 Arthur Highway, Copping|
|Phone:||03 6253 5373|
Learn about the history of the Bass Strait passenger and vehicle ferry, see displays of shop models and artefacts at Tasmania’s Davenport Maritime Museum.
Visitors to this Battery Point museum can view a collection of photographs, paintings, newspaper clippings and other memorabilia relating to Tasmania maritime history.
The museum has photocopying facilities onsite for visitors wishing to make copies of records.
|Where:||103 Hampden Road, Battery Point|
|Open:||Open: Tuesday - Sunday (Mondays by appointment), Summer Hours (October to March): 10.00am to 4.30pm, Winter Hours (April to September): 10.00am. to 4.00pm.|
|Admission:||Adults $5.00, Children $2.00, Families $10.00|
|Phone:||03 6424 7100|