As an island state, the sea is significant to all Tasmanians and the islands boast a strong maritime heritage. The Maritime Museum of Tasmania explores the connections between the people of the islands and the influence of the sea on their lives. Discover the craft and art of centuries of Tasmanian ship building from an example of an aboriginal bark canoe through wooden boats to modern aluminium fast ferries. You can learn how important sailing and steam ships were for developing Tasmanian industries exporting raw materials and products of the islands, such as apples, minerals and timber, as well as the influence of early European explorers and whalers. Navigational instruments show how mariners found their way across the seas while archaeological discoveries from shipwrecks around the Tasmanian islands show how challenging, difficult and dangerous the seafarer’s life could be.
The Museum can be found in the Carnegie Building, at Sullivan’s Cove, a short walk from Hobart’s central business district and across the road from Constitution Dock, the historic heart of Maritime Hobart. We are open 0900 until 1700, seven days a week EXCEPT Good Friday and Christmas Day.