Australia is a beautiful country, but Tasmania seems to be its hidden gem. Hobart, Tasmania is rich in history that is just waiting for you to explore.

Hobart, Tasmania
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Hobart, Tasmania
Photo by Deeva Sood on Unsplash

One of the best trips I’ve ever taken was my solo trip to Australia. I went with no proper plans, only knowing for sure I would visit Tasmania. I booked a tour with a local company and toured the island, stopping off in Hobart for my last day.

I could only visit one of these museums on my time crunch, but I would go back in a heartbeat to see the rest. Here are four amazing museums full of the history of Tasmania and Australia that are a must see.

1. Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery

Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery
Photo courtesy of Tasmanian Arts Guide
Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery
Photo courtesy of Tasmanian Arts Guide

The Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery was one of my favorite parts about my trip to Tasmania. Their permanent exhibitions were a highlight of my time there, especially the section on the Thylacine, also known as the Tasmanian tiger, which became extinct in the 1930s. I highly recommend taking advantage of the free tours, as the guides are so knowledgeable about the museum and Tasmania’s history.

2. Maritime Museum of Tasmania

Maritime Museum of Tasmania
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Maritime Museum of Tasmania
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The Maritime Museum of Tasmania has an enormous collection of maritime artifacts from Tasmania’s history. This Hobart museum offers a regular series of temporary exhibitions to rotate through their massive collection, covering various maritime themes. They also manage two historic vessels, The May Queen and the Westward.

3. Narryna Heritage Museum

Narryna Heritage Museum in Tasmania
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Narryna Heritage Museum
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Narryna Heritage Museum houses a collection of Tasmania’s portraits, furniture, and clothing from the 19th and 20th centuries. The museum was a home originally built in the late 1830s by Captain Andrew Haig, a trade merchant. Over the years, it was home to businessmen and women, lawyers, politicians, and bankers before being turned into Australia’s first folk museum in 1955.

4. Mawson’s Huts Replica Museum

Mawson's Huts Replica Museum
Photo courtesy of Discover Tasmania
Mawson’s Huts Replica Museum
Photo courtesy of Discover Tasmania

This Hobart museum might be the coolest on this list. The Mawson’s Hut Replica Museum in Hobart supports the Mawson’s Huts Foundation, a group aimed at conserving and restoring the wooden huts used as the main base for the Australasian Antarctic Expedition in the early 1910s. The attention to detail is astonishing, with the carpenters working on the project using hundreds of measurements and pictures to meticulously replicate the huts.


Have you been to any museums in Hobart, Tasmania? Let us know in the comments!

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