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Maritime Museum of Tasmania Hobart

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Maritime Museum of Tasmania
16 Argyle Street
Hobart
TAS
7000
Tel: 03 6234 1427

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The Maritime Museum of Tasmania can be found on Hobart’s historic waterfront, opposite Constitution Dock, in the Carnegie Building at 16 Argyle Street.

Where are we going today?

History doesn't just have to happen on land! There is so much history in our oceans, and so much we can learn from it.

The Maritime Museum of Tasmania explores and preserves the rich maritime past of Tasmania, and is a great place for kids to learn all about the maritime history in what is the states largest and most varied collection in Tasmania.  

The museum's mission is to encourage an understanding of the maritime heritage of Tasmania. It has had a long and deep history with the people's lives and through interpretation and presentation, they display the maritime history of the community, to the community.

Tasmania is an island state, so the sea is really important to all who live there! 

Kids can enjoy the informative displays which can teach them about sailing and steam ships, and how important they were for the developing Tasmanian industries. Can you guess what they might have exported? Here's a hint - some of the things were minerals, timber and even apples! All products of the island!

They can also learn about the aboriginal watercraft, whalers and even early European explorers.

At the Maritime Museum of Tasmania, there is also a great collection of ships models, artefacts, images and paintings, and what better place to house them than in the historic Carnegie Building?  Kids can learn all about the craft and the art of ship building. Do you think you might have been able to build a ship like they used to use!?

Check out all the builder's tools and see what you think they might have been used for.

They have navigational instruments which would have shown the mariners their way across the oceans, and they can even check out the archaeological discoveries from really cool shipwrecks to show how challenging and dangerous the life of a seafarer could be! 

Are you ready to journey into the seafaring past with the Maritime Museum of Tasmania!? 

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How much does it cost?

  • Adults$9
  • Free Under: 13 years
LAST UPDATED 2014

When can we go?

9am until 5pm.

Daily except Christmas Day.

Teachers corner

Of course they welcome school groups! The space is limited so the activities that the schools can have on site are limited, but they have educational resources relevant to the new National History Curriculum, and can be used in conjunction with any visit to the museum. .

Any Top Tips?

Check out their school holidays programs! Who knew you could learn to draw at a maritime museum!? They keep changing so make sure you keep checking out what's happening!.

Need a little extra help?

The museum is wheelchair accessible and in easy walking distance of most city centre accommodation, Salamanca Place and Battery Point..

Can I get one of those?

The museum has a gift shop which specialises in nautically themed gifts and a book shop with a good selection of books of maritime and Tasmanian interest. Continue the learning at home! .

What people are saying?

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    Excellent displays of Tasmanian European discovery all the way through to the modern age of sea going trade and innovation. Local history and latter day disaster brought back a few memories for me too. Hands on displays and artefacts give the place a nice touch.

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    Great place to visit

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    Visited with wayne pulley. Must see. Friendly staff.

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