Markree House Museum and Garden opens to the public
After three years of registration and cataloguing, planning and research, the Markree House Museum and Garden (Markree) was opened today by Premier Lara Giddings at the first of a series of free public tours of the museum.
Markree was established through a generous donation from Mr Henry Graham Baldwin (1919–2007), who bequeathed the Markree property, along with all of its contents to the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, in one of the largest donations ever made to an Australian museum.
Markree specialises in the decorative and fine arts, and social history of the early 20th century. The house, which was built in 1926 for the Baldwin family, along with its garden, is an example of the influence of the English Arts and Crafts movement in architecture and garden design, and provides an insight into the lifestyle of the early 1900s.
It was Henry Baldwin’s wish that Markree would be developed into a house museum, and the items collected by his family over the last 200 years would feature within it. Baldwin’s family history also features strongly in the Markree displays.
Markree complements nearby heritage attractions including Narryna Heritage Museum, the Military Museum of Tasmania, the Female Factory and National Trust properties, and is open for pre-booked guided tours between Tuesdays and Sundays. Admission charges apply: $10 for adults, $8 concession; there is no charge for children under 12 years.
For further information or bookings, please phone 03 6211 4177.