Mawson's Huts Replica Museum

Mawson's Huts Replica Museum

Mawson's Huts Replica Museum
4.5
Speciality MuseumsHistory Museums
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
The Mawson's Huts Replica Museum was built to raise funds for the ongoing conservation of the historic buildings at Cape Denison, East Antarctica, which were used as the main base for the 1911-14 Australasian Antarctic Expedition (AAE) led by Dr (later Sir) Douglas Mawson. Constructed by heritage architects and builders, the Replica was made possible by a federal government grant and the generosity of many Tasmanian businesses and individuals. Visitors can step back in time to the "Heroic age" of Antarctic exploration and gain a fascinating insight into the life of these Antarctic pioneers. All profits go towards the Foundation's efforts to keep telling the story of Mawson and his men for contemporary audiences and preserving the original huts. The museum is suitable for people of all ages, groups, and individuals. Private tours are available on request. There is also a wonderful gift shop with unique items. We look forward to welcoming you down south!
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  • What We Found Travelling
    Sydney, Australia3,274 contributions
    Brilliant!
    This exact replica of Mawsons Huts museum is brilliant in more ways than one. If you’re in your 20’s you must drop in learn about the men who sacrificed so much for science at such a young age in an unchartered region of the world Antarctica. A truly amazing story about Mawson, his men & his beautiful husky dogs.
    Visited December 2022
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 14 December 2022
  • BS Adventurer
    Brisbane, Australia20 contributions
    Very informative
    It has a lot of great info about the expeditions including videos and personal stories. The staff were very friendly and knowledgeable. The only downside was the amount of people in the hut - we felt pressured to move on all the time and couldn’t finish reading the stories.
    Visited December 2022
    Travelled with friends
    Written 28 December 2022
  • memee08
    Perth, Australia470 contributions
    Interesting museum
    I enjoyed my walk through this little museum. Lots of information about the men who were involved in the Australasian Antarctic Expedition from 1911-1914. Some fascinating and sad stories. Most of the men were so young, only in their twenties. I was impressed with how much photographic evidence of the expedition was made, which ultimately helped the creation of the replica hut. Allow about an hour for your visit, or longer if you like to read everything. Entrance fees go toward conserving the original buildings.
    Visited January 2023
    Written 20 January 2023
  • Gwen008
    Perth, Australia345 contributions
    Well worth a visit
    The museum is located on the waterfront in Hobart so easy to find. Staff are welcoming, friendly and helpful ad will answer any questions you may have. We have seen other replicas but all are small- this is full size and so gives a more accurate idea of space, belongings and equipment. Well worth the visit.
    Visited January 2023
    Written 29 January 2023
  • nuj nuj
    Sydney, Australia8 contributions
    Well worth it. A Must Do in Hobart
    We all loved the experience. Very well put together. Amazing information displays as well as display of real artifacts. The entire tour keeps you fully engaged. My young kids loved it too.
    Visited February 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 25 February 2023
  • Rotiman1
    Sydney, Australia1,619 contributions
    A must visit while in Hobart
    Anyone who is interested in Antarctic exploration and the men of the heroic age of exploration should spend an hour or two here. To walk in a replica of Masons hut is a wonderful experience, especially the recreation of the main area where the men lived. There is the right amount of information in the various display panels to give an insight into the Mawson party. I has inspired me to reread his book. Staff were very knowledgable and helpful which added to the experience
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 8 March 2023
  • Whendiwoo
    Brisbane, Australia106 contributions
    Mawson’s Antarctic Expedition
    You don’t need to have an interest in Antarctic Exploration to visit this place. It’s interesting to read all about Mawson’s expeditions that enabled Australia to claim some 6,475,000 square km of the Antarctic continent. Well worth an hour of your time.
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 15 March 2023
  • Cam C
    Brisbane, Australia99 contributions
    A piece of history
    Hobart is full of history, and it's connection to the Antarctic is undeniable. Mawson's Hut Replica Museum is an homage to the early explorers and of course Mawson himself. It's well worth an hour of your time to read the displays and get a feel for life in such a formidable environment, and learn the details of Mawson's story.
    Visited March 2023
    Written 21 March 2023
  • 09Bear
    Greystanes, Australia108 contributions
    Interesting step back in time
    Well presented replica of Mawson's Hut in Antarctica. Very interesting the way its been replicated with some original items from the expedition, plus plenty of photos and informative explanations of what happened and how they overcame the daily issues. There are even guides on-site to answer questions and further explain different things.
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 26 March 2023
  • Loddonlily
    Great Malvern, United Kingdom347 contributions
    Small but very interesting
    Fascinating place, which goes to a lot of trouble to pay attention to the individuals involved in these expeditions, their lives and how things actually were. Intrepid Explorers, indeed. This museum is well presented but be aware its not huge - I'm not sure how anyone could spend more than an hour here.
    Visited March 2023
    Written 26 March 2023
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donnai123
33 contributions
Nov. 2023 • Couples
What a great museum.Well set out with lots of interesting information.Run by volunteers who do an excellent job & are very friendly.Recommend a visit here.
Written 17 November 2023
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inda2
Young, Australia42 contributions
Oct. 2023 • Solo
Brilliantly curated. So much information presented in manageable chunks and logical order. Harsh conditions and sometimes tragic events relayed, with a helpful sprinkling of humorous moments and facts. Well worth the visit. Fascinating.
Written 17 October 2023
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gpjrm
Hervey Bay, Australia41 contributions
Sep. 2023 • Couples
We visited the Mawson Hut Replica Museum in Hobart. Meticulously set up with every possible detail. Brings the whole Mawson antarctic experience to life. Excellent guide to answer questions and provide details on the Hut. Highly recommended.
Written 19 September 2023
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Summervill94
Dunedin, New Zealand3 contributions
Jul. 2023 • Friends
What a fantastic and informative experience. The Mawsons Hut Replica Museum was so interesting and the staff were enthusiastic and helpful. Would highly recommend to tourists and locals alike!
Written 27 August 2023
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HilaryW971
Norwich, UK309 contributions
Mar. 2023
This is a great museum full of interest and the chance to learn of the bravery of Mawson and his men on their South Pole Expedition in 1912. The hut is laid out as it was for Mawson and his team. There was so much to learn and having a guide who had visited the Antarctic added to the knowledge of life in this wilderness. We were fascinated and thank you to the volunteer guides.
Written 29 June 2023
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Joel K
Vancouver, Canada3,476 contributions
Jun. 2023 • Couples
This was a stirring, edifying, and well done telling of the 1912 expedition to Antarctica and the South Pole by Mawson and his team of talented men in 1912 and.... The replica of the Huts was well done and the biographical information was moving about each of the team.
Written 6 June 2023
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Donna H
Kiama, Australia32 contributions
Oct. 2022
Our son was leaving for Macquarie Island for 6 months, so we checked out Mawson's hut. It was really interesting finding out about a part of Antarctica. There were lots pictures, facts and stories about expeditioners and how they lived and worked. Its a great way to learn and keep the Hut doing. Don't forget to donate.
Written 11 April 2023
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Hi Donna, We are so glad you enjoyed your visit to the museum. We hope your son enjoys his time on Macquarie Island and that we see you again soon.
Written 12 April 2023
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PeterLangston
Tamworth, Australia1,005 contributions
Mar. 2023 • Couples
Visited Mawson’s Hut Museum which is housed in a replica of Mawson’s Hut which was built and established by the Australian born in England, Douglas Mawson and his men in Antarctica in 1912. He was a geologist and explorer and it has to be said, adventurer. His work and the work of his team in 1912-13 paved the way for much of the important work that has been done in the Antarctic since. Follow the link for more information.

The reconstruction of the replica, complete with many items which were authentic for the time, has been meticulously done and provides much of the feel of the original, except for the howling winds which have an average daily speed of 130km/h. It was also a lot warmer outside the replica in Hobart today, despite their being a cold 25km/h wind from the west and a top temperature of 16C.

Best of all, two volunteers are on hand to answer questions and engage in discussion, both of which they do very, very well. Sue spend a long time inside the museum talking with one of them.
Written 27 March 2023
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Hi Peter, Thank you for your kind review, we are glad you enjoyed our museum .
Written 12 April 2023
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Loddonlily
Great Malvern, UK347 contributions
Mar. 2023
Fascinating place, which goes to a lot of trouble to pay attention to the individuals involved in these expeditions, their lives and how things actually were. Intrepid Explorers, indeed. This museum is well presented but be aware its not huge - I'm not sure how anyone could spend more than an hour here.
Written 27 March 2023
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09Bear
Greystanes, Australia108 contributions
Mar. 2023 • Couples
Well presented replica of Mawson's Hut in Antarctica. Very interesting the way its been replicated with some original items from the expedition, plus plenty of photos and informative explanations of what happened and how they overcame the daily issues. There are even guides on-site to answer questions and further explain different things.
Written 26 March 2023
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