Welcome to the Channel Museum

We showcase the cultural, social, artistic and industrial life and history of the D’Entrecasteaux Channel area of Southern Tasmania.

About Us

Back in 1977, Mr J.B. ‘Jim’ Waldie, a descendant of early Channel settlers, founded the Channel Museum in Snug. Jim cherished the peaceful beauty of the Channel area, with its many secret bays and protected inlets. He was also passionate about the spirit of the early settlers - the whalers, timber cutters, shingle splitters, bullock drivers, pit sawyers, early sailors, and river craft men.  He wrote:

“We owe it to our early settlers to keep their memory before the present generation”.

The Channel Museum moved to its present, purpose-built facility at Margate, welcoming the first visitors on 28 July 2012. We are proud of our artefact collection which has been gathered over a period of more than 40 years. It is mainly comprised of common articles that have been used, and donated, by people in the Channel area.  We love the Channel for the picturesque and tranquil place that it is and strive to continue Jim’s passion.

The Museum


Our permanent exhibits explore early exploration, Aborigines, timber, boat building, fruit growing, fishing, sport, churches, transport, the 1967 bushfires, and militaria.

Our depiction of a school room, a shop and colonial-style rooms (kitchen, bedroom, laundry and work room) display aspects of everyday life in the past.

The Electrona Carbide Works was unique in Australia and has its own display.

We have specialty displays comprising the Don Norton Camera Collection and two rooms depicting the home life of Dutch migrants in the 1950s.

We are developing a set of ‘Object Stories’ and display stories that provide a narrative for objects of interest and our displays.

We are developing a collection of vintage farming machinery, housed in a separate exhibition space.


The gallery features exhibitions by local artists and organisations as well as in-house temporary displays. The gallery is usually changed monthly. Featured artwork is often for sale.

Click here to download Exhibition application guidelines.

To apply for a Temporary Exhibition at the museum, please complete the form below:


Research Room

We hold an extensive collection of Channel family histories together with numerous books, photographs, documents, maps, journals and memorabilia concerning the Channel.

Community Activities

We hold an extensive collection of Channel family histories and are developing a local history research group.

The Memorial wall is comprised of plaques commemorating the people of the Channel.

Our Channel sports group is working to record historical sporting details.

Click here to download the Memorial Wall Plaque Application Form


In collaboration with school staff, we conduct specialist guided tours for school children.

Click to download Information for Teachers

Click here for Teacher Feedback Form

To book a tour of the Museum for your school group, complete the form below:


Our Green Footprint

Our museum is purpose built and state-of-the-art. It incorporates solar electricity generation and solar hot water production, which is used for space heating. Low energy LED lighting is used for all displays.

Membership & Support

New members are welcome and encouraged to become volunteers and to actively participate in all aspects of the Association's activities. Click here to download our Constitution.

Benefits of being a member
  • You will have the satisfaction of supporting a community organisation dedicated to the discovery, documentation, preservation and sharing of our heritage and culture.
  • You will be able to attend quarterly general meetings, and to nominate for positions on the committee.
  • You will receive our quarterly newsletter and invitations to events etc.
Membership Application Form


Payment can be made online:
Bendigo Bank
BSB: 633 000
Acc No: 161590203
Account Name: Channel Museum

Please put your name in the reference field. 

Local Attractions
  • Shot Tower, Taroona
  • Margate Train
  • Inverawe Native Gardens, Margate
  • Harmony Harvest Health Spa Retreat, Margate
  • Nandroya Wines, Margate
  • Brookfield Shed, Margate
  • Bruny Island
  • Herons Rise Vineyard, Kettering
  • Hartzview Wine Centre, Nicholls Rivulet
  • Grandvewe cheese, Birchs Bay
  • Peppermint Bay, Woodbridge
  • KMC Walking Tracks
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Shop & Café

Our café has a delicious range of tasty snacks and hearty homemade lunch meals. Coffee, tea and a range of cool drinks are also available. The café offers special ‘meal deals’ for groups.

Brief menu

Quiches, pies, sausage rolls (all served with a tasty salad), toasted sandwiches, and soup. A range of cakes and biscuits are also available for morning and afternoon teas. The café caters for vegetarian and gluten-intolerant diners.

Group deals

The café provides special offers for groups covering morning/afternoon teas and lunches.

Gift shop

The gift shop offers books, art, and locally produced craft and produce that showcase the artistic pursuits of Channel people.

Visit Us

Opening Hours

Daily 10:00 – 16:00

Except Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year’s Day, ANZAC Day (closed am) and Easter Friday.

Admission is free


  • Extensive car park, parking for large vehicles and caravans nearby
  • Toilet facilities including disabled toilets
  • Disabled level access throughout the museum
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1755 Channel Highway
Margate 7054 Tasmania
Tel: 03 6267 2333
Email: secretary@channelmuseum.org.au