'A Night at the Museum' - Returning soon!

Details to come below

Temporary Exhibition - 'Video Killed the Radio Star: An In-house Collection of Vintage Radios From the 1930s to the 1970s' (November 8 - December 5) 

See details below

Curator's Pop-up Display - Recent acquisitions

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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.


Admission Price:

$7.50 per adult. Children under 16 free.

Residents of Kingborough Municipality $3.00

Discount rate for pre-booked groups: $6.00 per adult

Opening Hours

Sunday to Friday 10:00 – 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

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

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.

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News and feature displays

  • The Channel Museum’s 'A Night At The Museum' - Returning soon!       
  • Temporary Exhibition: Vintage Radios (November 8 - December 5)
  • Pop-up Display: New acquisitions.
  • Future Exhibitions: The museum is now looking for expressions of interest for temporary displays for 2023. If interested, please contact the curator, Lara Colrain, by emailing curator@channelmuseum.org.au 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 10:00 am to 3:00 pm (Daylight Savings). Other days by appointment for group bookings.
  • The Channel Cafe is open Sunday - Friday, 8:30 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 current temporary exhibition for November is ‘Video Killed the Radio Star: An In-house Collection of Vintage Radios From the 1930s to the 1970s.'


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.

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.


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

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.