'A Night at the Museum' - Postponed until further notice
Details to come below
Temporary Exhibition - Ropemaking and Knotwork by Australis Knots
See details below
Curators' Pop-up Display - Medical artefacts
Welcome to the Channel Museum
We tell the many, varied, and quirky stories of the D'Entrecasteaux Channel region of Southern Tasmania.
Located just 20 km south of Hobart, the museum welcomes independent travellers, tour groups, and cruise ship visitors.
The Channel Museum was presented with a Bronze Award for Cultural Tourism in 2017 by the Tourism Industry Council of Tasmania.
WE ARE OPEN SUNDAY to FRIDAY & UPON REQUEST BY GROUPS
$7.50 per adult. Children under 16 free.
Residents of Kingborough Municipality $3.00
Discount rate for pre-booked groups: $6.00 per adult
Sunday to Friday 11:00 – 15:00 (AEDST). Closed Saturday.
Except Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year’s Day, ANZAC Day (to noon) and Easter Friday.
- Extensive car park, parking for large vehicles and caravans nearby
- Toilet facilities - including disabled toilets
- Disabled level access throughout the museum
Permanent Displays and Library
Our permanent displays and library are packed with rare and fascinating insights into the cultural, social, artistic, and industrial life of the Channel pioneers and early settlers.
These displays highlight the original Aboriginal inhabitants, the early explorers, and various Channel industries. There are also specialty displays featuring the 1967 bushfires, the Don Norton Camera Collection, the Electrona Carbide Works, and the life of Dutch migrants.
A collection of vintage farming machinery is housed in a separate exhibition space.
News and feature displays
- The Channel Museum’s “A Night At The Museum” - Postponed due to COVID until further notice.
- Temporary Exhibition: Ropemaking and Knotwork by Australis Knots.
- Pop-up Display: Medical artefacts drawn from our archives, including old medicinal bottles and ointments, surgical instruments, vintage spectacles, and items from a midwife's kit. It’s a fascinating, small exhibit that’s well worth a look!
- Future Exhibitions: The museum is now looking for expressions of interest for temporary displays for August – December of this year. If interested, please contact the secretary, Kim Wass, by emailing email@example.com or complete the contact form on the museum's website: www.channelmuseum.org.au.
- We are open to the public from Sunday to Friday from 11.00 am to 3.00 pm (Daylight Savings). Other days by appointment for group bookings.
- The Channel Cafe is open Sunday - Friday 10.00 am until 4.00 pm.
- House Histories are now available! Go to the 'Services' button below to find out more.
The museum's current temporary exhibition is:
‘Ropemaking and Knotwork: Traditional Nautical Ropemaking and Decorative Knotwork (Australis Knots)’. The skill and attention to detail that has gone into this exhibition are nothing short of excellent. A rare and interesting display that all museum visitors should see, with a variety of rope and knot products available for purchase!
What our visitors say about us
Amazing morning in the museum and cafe! Highly recommended to anyone visiting the area. Angela on Google 19 March 2019
This is absolutely awesome. It was a bit of a surprise for me. A lot of things to see including different cameras. Not a tourist spot but very worthy to go. Fred on Google 7 January 2019.
Volunteers, members, and friends
We are wholly operated by volunteers and always welcome new members, volunteers, and friends to support our activities.
Visitors and Tour Groups
We welcome all visitors and tour groups. Our proximity to Hobart (only 20 minutes) makes us especially suitable for tour groups.
If you are planning a group visit, we can organise specialist volunteer guides and food service at our cafe.
Phone us to book a tour of the museum!
School Group Tours
In collaboration with school staff, we conduct specialist guided educational tours for school children.
Book a school group tour of the museum.
Our library is available to the public for research. We also offer a research service for a small fee.
Cafe and gift shop
Our cafe serves delicious light meals, snacks, and drinks. The coffee is great!
Donations gratefully received
We are a 'not-for-profit' incorporated association staffed entirely by volunteers. Although we have no wages to pay, we still have considerable costs for heating, insurance, building maintenance, etc. We really appreciate donations to continue our work to preserve and promote the history, culture, and heritage of the Channel area of Southern Tasmania. We are a registered Deductible Gift Recipient.
You can provide a donation, which is tax-deductible over $2, directly to our account at Westpac Banking Corporation:
Account Name: Channel Historical and Folk Museum Inc trading as Channel Museum
Account Number: 301518
Please include the word 'donation' and your name on the deposit. To gain a tax deduction, we need to supply you with a receipt. Please email the details to us, together with your address, and we will reply with a receipt for tax deduction purposes.