In addition to MONA, the largest privately-funded arts complex in the country, Hobart has a diverse arts calendar with a number of specialist galleries, museums and theatres. There are festivals throughout the year, many devoted to disciplines like dance and cinema, while the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra is based at the Federation Concert Hall.
The Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery underwent a complete refurbishment a couple of years ago and is now one of the state's major tourism attractions, drawing over 300,000 visitors annually. It was founded in 1846 by the Royal Society of Tasmania, the longest-established Royal Society outside the UK.
Salamanca Arts Centre
Celebrating its 40th birthday in 2016, the airy, welcoming Salamanca Arts Centre is a hub for a range of arts in the state, featuring galleries, theatres and art spaces in a row of Georgian-era warehouses set back from the waterfront. It hosts regular launches, exhibitions and performances.
The State Cinema
Take a step back in time at this stately old theatre in North Hobart – well over a century old – that has been lovingly restored. It is now run as an independent cinema that hosts foreign-language film festivals and is home to a popular cafe.
Mawson's Huts Replica Museum
Located on the Hobart waterfront, this accurate replica of the Antarctic encampment of explorer Sir Douglas Mawson, built between 1911-1914 at Cape Denison in the Australian Antarctic Territory, 3,0000km south of Hobart, was opened in 2013. It marks Hobart's status as “the gateway to Antarctica”.
The Derwent Entertainment Centre
Known to Hobart residents as the DEC, this modern complex hosts rock music, musical theatre and comedy performances and is often used by visiting acts from overseas, as well sporting events. With a capacity of 7,500 it is the largest capacity indoor entertainment venue in Tasmania.
A grand Battery Point merchant's home that was built between 1837-40, Narrnya is a benchmark for Australian colonial architecture and houses a collection of Tasmanian fine and decorative arts. Home to several notable Hobartians in the past, it became Australia's first folk museum in 1955.
Every Saturday morning, in conjunction with the Salamanca Markets, the Salamanca precinct becomes an open-air showcase for opera singers, bands, guitarists and other talented buskers, sometimes including an Inca pipe band. There is free entertainment on offer throughout the day.
The Colville Gallery
Loved by aficionados of contemporary art, the Colville Gallery at Salamanca features modern fine art and represents several Tasmanian and Australian artists, whose works are showcased in a bright, airy space. Oils, works on paper, photography and sculptures are all featured.
Glenorchy Art and Sculpture Park
Located in the northern suburbs, a 12-minute drive from the city, the Glenorchy Art and Sculpture Park, known as GASP, is a recent innovation on the waterfront at Elwick Bay, that displays sculptures and other artworks and is also used as an open-air performance space.
Moonah Arts Centre
A vibrant, cutting-edge and recently refurbished arts centre in the northern suburbs, MAC is owned and operated by Glenorchy City Council and is designed to offer a range of affordable, varied and accessible arts experiences to those living outside the city centre.
Maritime Museum of Tasmania
Hobart's history is inextricably linked to the that of the sea, and this privately-owned museum features displays that highlight Aboriginal boats, as well as those of European explorers and whaling ships. Many of Tasmania's early money-earners, including timber and apples, were exported by sea.