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
Sunday 12:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Closed: Good Friday, Hobart Show Day (26 October 2017), Christmas Day, Boxing Day and 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.
Dark Mofo 2017
Death Mask by Brigita Ozolins
Confront Tasmania’s convict history through death masks of executed criminals created according to the 19th century pseudo-science of phrenology which sought to decipher an individual’s personality traits and criminal proclivities through the shape of their skull.
As part of Dark Mofo 2017, Brigita Ozolins will stage a highly theatrical tableau within Narryna’s exhibition rooms. A central draped showcase containing a mysterious object will be surrounded by a series of light boxes containing images of phrenological masks of executed convicts from Tasmania, Norfolk Island and New South Wales.
An adjacent room will contain actual death masks, medical models, phrenological instruction busts and instruction manuals.
Throughout the event, Narryna’s façade will be illuminated with a projection of the hexafoil, a pre-Christian symbol to ward off evil. A festival bar will be provided in Narryna's forecourt, and tours of the house will also be available throughout the event.
Dates: Friday 9 – Wednesday 21 June 2017
Times: 10:00 am – 6:00 pm (open till 10:00 pm Fridays and Saturdays, 9-10 and 16-17 June)
Cost: entry by gold coin donation
Download the Death Mask catalogue [PDF 1MB]
Image details: Beattie Studios, Beattie’s Port Arthur Museum, Hobart, c. 1914. Collection, Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery
Upcoming Narryna Events
Narryna celebrates 60 years as a museum on 30 November 2017
Watch this space! Bookings not required.
Christmas Craft Spirit Market
Saturday 9 December, 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Tasmanian whisky and craft spirits distillers return to Narryna for this popular annual event. This is the opportunity to meet the makers, choose your Christmas tipple and select that gift that is so difficult to give away. Narryna, built Salamanca Place’s first merchant, will be open and dressed for Christmas courtesy of the Hobart Embroiderer’s Guild. Funds raised will support Narryna, which celebrates 60 years as a museum in 2017. Bookings not required.
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.
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
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)
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
Find out more about Narryna's heritage significance - MS Word 37 KB
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.