'A Night at the Museum' - Returning December 2022!
Details to come below
Temporary Exhibition - Margate Primary School's Young Archies
See details below
Curator's Pop-up Display - New Acquisitions
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.
The Channel Museum acknowledges the traditional custodians of the land in which we work and live and recognises their continuing connection to land, water, and community. We pay our respects to Elders past, present, and emerging.
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 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.
News and feature displays
- The Channel Museum’s 'A Night At The Museum'- Returning December 2022!
- Temporary Exhibition: Margate Primary School's Archie Portraits.
- Pop-up Display: New Acquisitions.
- Future Exhibitions: The museum is now looking for expressions of interest for temporary displays for October – December of this year. If interested, please contact the curator, Lara Colrain, 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:
Our temporary exhibition for August is ‘Margate Primary School’s Highly Commended Archie Portraits’. The amazing talent of these kindergarten to grade six students is just wonderful to see on display. It’s a community exhibition that will light up anyone’s day! The museum is also hosting a ‘People’s Choice’ competition, with the lucky winner to receive an Artery gift voucher, so come and vote for your favourite portrait!
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.