Current Exhibitions

Welcome to the Maritime Museum of Tasmania

Our main permanent exhibition can be seen in the magnificent Carnegie Gallery on the first floor. This exhibition covers a range of themes covering Tasmania's maritime heritage story: Indigenous watercraft, European exploration and navigation, convict transportation, whaling, colonial and global trade, migration, naval history, ship-building, model ships and shipwrecks. There is literally something for everyone in this exhibition, which fills an expansive gallery in one of Hobart most significant heritage buildings. 

On the ground floor we present Writing and the Sea, an exhibition exploring a selection of objects and stories from the Museum’s Collection from the perspective of writing in all its myriad forms. There are stories of shipwrecks, the love of boats, the 1975 Tasman Bridge disaster, Antarctica, Hobart's ferries and whaling among others. You think keeping to the character limit on Twitter is hard? Try writing a message to be carried on the leg of a pigeon!

Our current temporary exhibition is 'Lion Tides: Stories of Sea and Salt' by noted Tasmania artist and pintmaker Barbie Kjar. 

There is an entrance fee of $14.00 adult, $12.00 concession with accompanied children under 12 years free of charge. Family tickets are available.  

The museum is open from 0900 to 1700 (9am to 5pm) seven days a week (closed Christmas Day).

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Our collection database can be explored online here

telephone: (03) 6234 1427