Located within 20 minutes’ walk from the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, Narryna is an 1830s merchant’s house linked to the origins of Salamanca Place and Battery Point.
The fine Georgian town house was built by Captain Andrew Haig in 1837-40. Haig was originally a Calcutta-based merchant licenced by the British East India Company to trade with China through Canton (Guangzhou).
Haig purchased the land holding in 1824 when he sailed into Hobart to have his ship repaired ahead of crossing the Pacific to sell the remainder of his China Trade cargo in Valparaiso.
In 1834 Haig built Salamanca Place’s first warehouses and set up as a merchant, shipbuilder and whaler. He was forced to sell up after an economic downturn hit Sydney in 1842.
Narryna was later the residence of Hobart businessmen and women, lawyers, politicians and bankers. In 1955 it became Australia's first folk museum through the efforts of Hobart residents who formed a collection that is redolent of the mercantile and maritime histories of Salamanca Place and Battery Point.
Step into Narryna for a rich experience of early colonial life.
Desire Lines - the Fashionable Body 1790 - 1930 explores how fashion has emphasised different aspects of the female form over 140 years. The Empire line, emphasising the bust, was followed by the mid-19th century hourglass figure which gave way to the bustle in the late 1860s. All this was thrown out for the androgynous page boy look in the 1920s. A feature of the exhibition is the underwear that moulded the body according to fashion’s ideals.
Tuesday – Saturday 10:00 am – 4:30 pm
Closed Sundays and Mondays
Closed: Tasmanian Public Holidays, Good Friday, Hobart Show Day, Christmas Day (25 December), Boxing Day (26 December), New Year's Day
Narryna also closes briefly for lunch on weekdays from 12:30 pm – 1:00 pm
Narryna is open extended hours for major Hobart festivals and for cruise ship visits. Details of these will be posted on this page, so please check back regularly.
Adults $10, concession $8, children (non-student) $4
Special booking rates are available for groups, education programs and special events, and a joint ticket with the nearby Markree House Museum and Garden is also available.
To become a member of Narryna Heritage Museum and enjoy free entry and news of our exhibitions and events download the membership form here.
Weddings and events at Narryna
By foot – Battery Point village, including excellent cafés and St George's Church; Salamanca Place art and craft galleries, restaurants, cafés and pubs; Markree House Museum and Garden; Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery (20 minutes walk); Maritime Museum of Tasmania; and shopping, dining and services in the Hobart CBD. Narryna is part of the self-guided walking tour of Battery Point In Bobby’s Footsteps. Go to: www.batterypointwalk.com.au
By taxi – Cascades Female Factory (South Hobart)
Narryna Schools Programs
Download this document to see how Narryna’s education tour content answers Australian Curriculum learning outcomes for primary school history. (PDF 4.1 MB)
Read an article by Chris Champion on the Narryna drawing room restoration from Tasmania 40 Degrees South issue 72 - PDF 0.4MB
Download the Narryna Visitor Guide - PDF 3MB
Narryna Visitor Guide (Chinese Traditional) - MS Word (78 KB)
Narryna Visitor Guide (Chinese Simplified) - MS Word (44 KB)
Narryna Visitor Guide (Japanese) - PDF 1MB
Read the latest Narryna newsletter:
Narryna Newsletter - Winter 2018 - PDF 1.4MB
- Narryna Newsletter - Summer 2018 - PDF 371 KB
- Narryna Newsletter - Spring 2017 - PDF 3.3 MB
- Narryna Newsletter - Winter 2017 - PDF 2MB
- Narryna Newsletter - Summer 2017 - PDF 285 KB
- Narryna Newsletter - Winter 2016 - PDF 6MB
- Narryna Newsletter - Autumn 2016 - PDF 3MB
- Narryna Newsletter - Spring 2015 - PDF 3.5MB
- Narryna Newsletter - Winter 2015 - PDF 214 KB
- Narryna Newsletter - Autumn 2015 - PDF 3MB
- Narryna Newsletter - Summer 2013 - PDF 0.7MB
- Narryna Newsletter - Spring 2013 - PDF 0.9MB
Find out more about Narryna's heritage significance - MS Word 37 KB
103 Hampden Road
Battery Point 7004
Phone: (03) 6234 2791
Access: The ground floor of Narryna has complete wheelchair and mobility access. Due to the age of the building there is limited mobility access to the first floor.