How did the Sloop Norfolk get inside the Museum? Who is Trim? Did you know the Museum was once home to a roller skating rink? The answer to these questions, and more, are revealed within our guided tours here at the museum, included in your entry price.

Our guides are passionate and very knowledgeable. many having volunteered here for years. Pre-book to secure your spot or book upon arrival.

All tours are wheelchair accessible via ramps with the exception of climbing aboard the Norfolk.

The following tours are available:

  • Self-guided
  • Historical
  • Maritime and Shipbuilding by qualified craftsman
  • School groups
  • Coach groups

Each of our guides shares their own tales of yesteryear as they lead you through a range of wonderful and enchanting exhibitions to reveal the behind-the-scenes information on how these amazing boats made their way to George Town, including the famous Tom Thumb, Elizabeth, and Admiral.

Our guided tours also feature a unique experience onboard the historical Sloop, The Norfolk!

The Norfolk

Berthed next to a wharf at our Dockside Warehouse, complete with crew waiting to go aboard, join your knowledgeable guide as you explore below deck, climbing down into the cabins.

You may even meet Trim the Cat, often found sleeping quietly on the hatch cover of the Captain’s cabin.

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Please note that the only way to board and explore Norfolk is within a guided tour.

It's not just boats...

If boats aren't your thing, the artwork, maps, charts, collectibles, Tasmanian timbers, prints, or even memorabilia from the days when the museum was the old George Town Theatre; are sure to amuse. If you have children we have a special pack, just for each one to enjoy as they explore the decks and the depths of the captain's cabin...


We welcome bus tours, cruise ships, community groups, and social clubs for personalised tours of the museum. Please contact us for group rates on (03) 6382 3792.

School Groups

The Bass and Flinders Centre provides an interactive historical experience for School Groups

Please contact us for group rates and bookings on (03) 6382 3792.

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Kids loved this place. The guider was very patient and knowledgeable. Recommend for family with primary school aged children.

Vivian Yu