Current Exhibitions

Our new galleries are full of stories

After a year long redevelopment, we have opened the brand new exhibition of our Permanent Collection in the magnificent Carnegie Gallery. This exhibition covers a range of themes across 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. 

We also have on display, 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.

Our latest temporary exhibition is entitled 'Tainted Cargo', an exhibition of artworks by Jenny Dean and Gabrelle Falconer that explores layers of meaning behind objects that travelled on ships with early colonists from England to the colony of Van Diemen's Land through artworks that create a narrative.  This narrative focusses on items that were brought by early colonists who found comfort in these familiar objects from their homeland. These items also, depending on the circumstances of the immigrant, symbolised their position and authority in the new colony. . 

There is an entrance fee of $12.00 adult, $10.00 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).


Our public program of lunchtime talks remains suspended; we hope to restart these in the New Year once COVID-19 restrictions ease. 

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