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Hobart’s Antarctic attractions

Hobart has long standing cultural, historical and scientific polar exploration connections. The stories of these connections are told through exhibitions, museum collections, interpretation at visitor centres, events and public art located in the inner-city precinct and the greater Hobart area.

Hadley’s Orient Hotel

The convict built Hadley’s Orient Hotel opened it’s doors in 1849 and often accommodated whaling crews who hunted in the Southern Ocean. Later the hotel was home to Antarctic explorers including Douglas Mawson and Roald Amundsen and to this day visitors can stay in the Amundsen Suites, rooms 201 and 202.

Maritime Museum of Tasmania

This museum houses a collection of objects, images and interpretation that tell the story of Tasmania’s maritime history and its importance in developing Tasmania we know today. Included in the Maritime Museum’s collection are many images of Antarctic vessels and early Antarctic exploration maps.  

Mawson’s Huts Replica Museum

Situated on Hobart’s waterfront Mawson’s Huts Replica Museum was opened on 2 December 2013 to mark the 102 anniversary Douglas Mawson and his expedition team departed Hobart to undertake the Australasian Antarctic expedition of 1911 - 14. Constructed by heritage architects and builders this structure is replica if the huts built by the men on this exhibition.

Mawson’s Place and waterfront sculptures

Mawson Place is a public space created to honour the achievements and contribution the explorer Douglas Mawson made to Australian Antarctic, scientific and maritime history. On Hobart’s waterfront you will see sculptures that acknowledge Mawson’s expeditions, the dogs who made the expedition possible and some of the animals he and other explorers encountered on the frozen continent - Antarctica.

Australian Antarctic Division

The Australian Antarctic Division has a visitor centre that contains a wealth of information about the scientific research and logistical support involved in Australia’s Antarctic program.

Islands to Ice at the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery

Islands to Ice is an exciting permanent exhibition of Antarctic natural history, exploration and science that also gives an insight to what it is like to live and work in one of the most inhospitable climates on earth.  It is a must see for all Antarctic enthusiasts.

Sub-Antarctic Plant House at the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens

The Sub-Antarctic Plant House contains a unique, world-first collection of plants from Sub-Antarctic islands. When you enter the climate-controlled environment in a specially constructed building at the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens, you are enveloped in the chilly mists of the sub-Antarctic islands.