Located within 20 minutes’ walk from the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, Narryna is an 1830s merchant’s house linked to the origins of Salamanca Place and Battery Point.

The fine Georgian town house was built by Captain Andrew Haig in 1837-40. Haig was originally a Calcutta-based merchant licenced by the British East India Company to trade with China through Canton (Guangzhou).

Haig purchased the land holding in 1824 when he sailed into Hobart to have his ship repaired ahead of crossing the Pacific to sell the remainder of his China Trade cargo in Valparaiso.

In 1834 Haig built Salamanca Place’s first warehouses and set up as a merchant, shipbuilder and whaler. He was forced to sell up after an economic downturn hit Sydney in 1842.

Narryna was later the residence of Hobart businessmen and women, lawyers, politicians and bankers. In 1955 it became Australia's first folk museum through the efforts of Hobart residents who formed a collection that is redolent of the mercantile and maritime histories of Salamanca Place and Battery Point.

Step into Narryna for a rich experience of early colonial life.

Opening hours

Tuesday – Saturday 10:00 am – 4:30 pm
Closed Sundays and Mondays

Closed: Tasmanian Public Holidays, Good Friday, Hobart Show Day, Christmas Day (25 December), Boxing Day (26 December), New Year's Day 
Narryna also closes briefly for lunch on weekdays from 12:30 pm – 1:00 pm

Narryna is open extended hours for major Hobart festivals and for cruise ship visits. Details of these will be posted on this page, so please check back regularly.


Adults $10, concession $8, children (non-student) $4

Special booking rates are available for groups, education programs and special events, and a joint ticket with the nearby Markree House Museum and Garden is also available.

Current Exhibition

Maude Poynter: Painter and Potter
Until Saturday 26 May 2018 

Painter, printmaker and potter, Maude Poynter (1869-1945) provides a link between the British Arts and Crafts Movement and Tasmania’s contemporary artist-maker studio practice.

Born in Victoria, Maude Poynter spend part of her youth in Hobart. She grew up in a cultivated middle-class family which had important connections with the British art world through Sir Edward Poynter (1836-1919), a former President of the Royal Academy. In 1912 she embarked on art studies in London at the Slade School of Art and at the Kingston-on-Thames School of Art. The Arts and Crafts Movement philosophy of the time valued fine and applied arts equally and her creative expression was channelled increasingly into ceramics. Her work reflects the many art and design currents of the early 20th century, such as Art Nouveau, Art Deco, Egyptomania and motifs from Australian flora and fauna.

Poynter came to Tasmania in 1917 and established a pottery at Ratho, Bothwell. This was the first studio pottery in Tasmania and one of the very first in Australia. Here her pottery was formed on a treadle wheel that had been improvised from rural farm machinery and was wood-fired in a kiln which she had helped to build.

Press images of Poynter’s pottery on exhibition during the 1910s-1930s provide insights into this extraordinarily productive period for Tasmanian women artists, a time in which their work began to receive the acknowledgement it deserved. Demonstrating the throwing of clay on her wheel at these exhibitions, Poynter emerges as a teacher and mentor. Her cousin and student, Violet Mace, was to become a leading art potter in her own right while Mylie Peppin, through her school The Maude Poynter Pottery, founded at Port Arthur in 1971, handed on the tradition of the artist-maker to later generations of Tasmanian craftspeople.

This exhibition, an initiative of the Tasmanian Chapter of the Australiana Society, includes sixty works from private collections which have generally not been exhibited or published since they were first created.

Weddings and events at Narryna

Are you interested in hosting your wedding or next event at Narryna? Please download the documents below for more information:
Events at Narryna - MS Word (912 KB)
Narryna Site Plan - PDF (100 KB)

Nearby attractions

By foot – Battery Point village, including excellent cafés and St George's Church; Salamanca Place art and craft galleries, restaurants, cafés and pubs; Markree House Museum and Garden; Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery (20 minutes walk); Maritime Museum of Tasmania; and shopping, dining and services in the Hobart CBD. Narryna is part of the self-guided walking tour of Battery Point In Bobby’s Footsteps. Go to:

By taxi – Cascades Female Factory (South Hobart)

Further information

Read an article by Chris Champion on the Narryna drawing room restoration from Tasmania 40 Degrees South issue 72 - PDF 0.4MB

Download the Narryna Visitor Guide - PDF 3MB

Narryna Visitor Guide (Chinese Traditional) - MS Word (78 KB)

Narryna Visitor Guide (Chinese Simplified) - MS Word (44 KB)

Narryna Visitor Guide (Japanese) - PDF 1MB

Read the latest Narryna newsletter:

Narryna Newsletter - Summer 2018 - PDF 371 KB

Past newsletters:

Find out more about Narryna's heritage significance - MS Word 37 KB

Getting there
103 Hampden Road
Battery Point 7004

Phone: (03) 6234 2791

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Access: The ground floor of Narryna has complete wheelchair and mobility access. Due to the age of the building there is limited mobility access to the first floor.

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