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Maritime Museum of Tasmania

It seems obvious that Tasmania has always had a close relationship with the sea, and this unique museum has extensive exhibits looking at every aspect of that connection. It covers the maritime history of the island state from Aboriginal exploration to colonization, then ship-building, trading, whaling, wartime, ferries, and pleasure cruises.

There’s the tragic side, too, and the many shipwrecks that floundered along the coasts are featured on display. Notable is the scale model of the hump-backed Tasman Bridge, which visitors will have crossed on the way to capital city, Hobart, after arriving at the airport. The bridge was hit by the Lake Illawarra, which then sunk, in 1975.


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