Despite being by far Australia’s smallest state in terms of population and production as well as land area, it has an amazingly full choice of public services and facilities. Perhaps it developed that way because Tasmania’s two largest cities were the first to be settled by Europeans who brought with them public buildings, government, hospitals and newspapers, to mention just a few of the pleasures of the developed world.
Because I am interested in history and am a details person, visiting museums is an important part of many holidays. Like the Australian mainland, the Island State with its half-million inhabitants is rich in museums. MONA is at the top of the tourist list: its creation has done wonders for Tasmania’s tourist trade as the well-heeled, the trendy and the curious fly over for a long weekend “to see MONA”.
At the top of the list for me are the 3 maritime museums, each of which struggle with loyal volunteers and minimal government support; yet each has preserved and put on display a representative and interesting collection. There are general interest museums and art galleries in both Hobart (the state capital) and Launceston (the largest northern city). There are museums on convictism at several of the state’s 5 World Heritage listed convict sites (of which we visited four, plus several of the state’s 19 convict probation stations). There are many local museums of course, like the Channel Heritage Centre I mentioned in an earlier post.
Enough chatter. Here are some of the museums we enjoyed most during our 3 months in Tassie.
Many Tasmanians including a nephew are allergic to Jack Jumper ants, indigenous to the State and one of the world’s most aggressive and dangerous. We learnt more about them as the Tasmanian Museum.