Welcome to the Channel Museum

We celebrate the cultural heritage 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.



The Channel Museum acknowledges the traditional custodians of the land in which we work and live, the Melukerdee, Mouheneener, and Nuenonne peoples, and recognises their continuing connection to land, water, and community. We pay our respects to Elders past, present, and emerging.




Admission Prices:

$7.50 per adult.

$3.00 for Kingborough residents.

$3.00 Aged care and vulnerable adults (price includes carer admissions).

$6.00 per adult for pre-booked group visits.

Free for children aged 16 years and under.

Guided tours are available at no additional cost upon request.

Contact the museum to book a visit.


Opening Hours

Sunday to Friday 10:00 - 15:00 (AEDST). Closed Saturday.

Except for Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year's Day, ANZAC Day (to noon), and Easter Friday.



Ample car, bus, and caravan parking

Toilet facilities - including disabled toilets

Disabled level access throughout the museum


Permanent Exhibitions 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 include the original Aboriginal inhabitants at Oyster Cove Station, 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.

Find out more about the museum

Would you like to be an exhibitor at the museum?

We still have some monthly spots available for temporary exhibitions in 2024. If interested, please contact our curator, Lara Colrain, by emailing curator@channelmuseum.org.au or complete the contact form:

How to apply to display at the museum

What our visitors say about us


We were looking for something to do on a rainy day and in our search, came across Channel Museum. It's a beautifully curated museum run by friendly local volunteers and surprisingly bigger than we expected. It was definitely worth a visit ?. Helen Laurie on Google December 2022

Definitely worth a visit. One of the best local museums. Really professionally presented that provides an excellent insight into the local history.... as well as a memorable step back in time. Thanks for your fantastic insight and local knowledge Andrew. Chris Herrmann on Google March 2022




Volunteers, members, and friends

We are wholly operated by volunteers and always welcome new members, volunteers, and friends to support our activities.

Find out more about joining the team


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!

See our suggested tours of the Channel


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.

Find Out More - Make a Booking



Our library is available to the public for research. We also offer a research service for a small fee.

Find out more about our research facilities



Our cafe serves delicious light meals, snacks, and drinks. The coffee is great!

Find out more 


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

BSB: 037-015

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.


1755 Channel Highway
Margate 7054 Tasmania
Tel: 03 6267 2333
or Contact Us here