Narryna Heritage Museum
Located within 20 minutes walk from the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, Narryna is a gem of Australian colonial architecture containing a rich collection of Tasmanian fine and decorative arts.The fine Greek Revival town house was built by Captain Andrew Haig in 1837-40. Haig purchased the land holding in 1824 in the course of a lucrative trading voyage between Calcutta, Canton and Valparaiso. Haig built warehouses facing Salamanca Place in 1834 and set up as a merchant and shipbuilder while also operating goods and passenger services to mainland ports. Haig was forced to sell up after an economic downturn hit the Australian colonies in 1842.
Narryna was later the residence of an array of Hobart businessmen and women, lawyers, politicians and bankers. In 1955 it became Australia's first folk museum through the efforts of local residents who formed a collection that is redolent of the mercantile and maritime histories of Salamanca Place and Battery Point. We invite you to step into Narryna for a rich experience of early colonial life.
Opening hours and admission
Tuesday – Saturday 10:00 am – 4:30 pm
Sunday 12:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Closed: Good Friday, Christmas Day and New Year's Day
Narryna also closes briefly for lunch on weekdays from 12:30 pm – 1:00 pm
Narryna will be closed for annual maintenance from 30 June – 31 July 2015.
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.
Admission: 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 2015
Narryna is participating in Dark Mofo 2015 with Ashes to Ashes – a wunderkammer of images and artefacts associated with Georgian and Victorian death rituals drawn largely from its collection. Narryna is open extended hours during Dark Mofo with reduced price admission - $5 (adults and concessions). The evening openings feature exhibition, bar, food service, light projections, Victorian mourning dress-ups and professional photography for uploading to social media. Narryna is the perfect place to go after the Dark Mofo winter feast at Princes Wharf. Read more at the Dark Mofo website.
Opening hours during Dark Mofo:
Wednesday 17 June, 10:00 am – 4:30 pm
Thursday 18 June, 10:00 am – 4:30 pm and 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Friday 19 June, 10:00 am – 4:30 pm and 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Saturday 20 June, 10:00 am – 4:30 pm and 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Sunday 21 June, 12 noon – 4:30 pm and 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm
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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
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Read the latest Narryna newsletter:
- 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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Narryna Heritage Museum
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.