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.
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.
ELEGANT LINES: Fashion in 19th Century Tasmania
Elegant Lines features a rich collection of 19th century gowns and accessories, including dresses worn or donated by prominent Tasmanians such as the artist and writer, Louisa Anne Meredith, her granddaughter, Violet Mace, and Sarah Butler of Stowell and Shene Estate. Sarah Butler’s dress was worn by her descendants in early 20th century costume tableaux, which is indicative of how the clothing worn by Tasmanians continues to capture the imagination about early colonial life.
Apparel worn by Sarah Benson Walker, who lived at Narryna from 1852 to 1854 with her husband, George Washington Walker and their ten children, has been lent for the exhibition by their descendants. The Walker family were Quakers and their religious philosophy regarded simplicity as a virtue. Their dress was modest and combined plain colours and simple lines with beautiful quality fabrics and exquisite stitching and detailing. These rare 1830s-40s Quaker items appeal to a contemporary aesthetic with their truly elegant lines.
This exhibition celebrates Narryna’s 60th anniversary as a museum. Narryna has collected historic costume since the 1950s and thus has a collection that is nationally significant. Historic costume can only be placed on exhibition for short periods for conservation reasons, so do catch this show before it closes on 24 February 2018.
Weddings and events at Narryna
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: www.batterypointwalk.com.au
By taxi – Cascades Female Factory (South Hobart)
Read an article by Chris Champion on the Narryna drawing room restoration from Tasmania 40 Degrees South issue 72 - PDF 0.4MB
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Read the latest Narryna newsletter:
- Narryna Newsletter - Winter 2017 - PDF 2MB
- Narryna Newsletter - Summer 2017 - PDF 285 KB
- Narryna Newsletter - Winter 2016 - PDF 6MB
- Narryna Newsletter - Autumn 2016 - PDF 3MB
- Narryna Newsletter - Spring 2015 - PDF 3.5MB
- Narryna Newsletter - Winter 2015 - PDF 214 KB
- Narryna Newsletter - Autumn 2015 - PDF 3MB
- Narryna Newsletter - Summer 2013 - PDF 0.7MB
- Narryna Newsletter - Spring 2013 - PDF 0.9MB
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103 Hampden Road
Battery Point 7004
Phone: (03) 6234 2791
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.