The convict story is closer than you think. More than 20% of Australians have a convict ancestorand the Hobart Convict Penitentiary was the dark heart of Tasmania’s convict system. On this site,55,000 men ate, prayed slept and were punished.

Now you can immerse yourself in an experience that brilliantly illuminates this history.Unshackled at the Penitentiary is a curated journey which moves effortlessly between individualand collective storytelling in a location where much of this history actually happened.

Whether you’re a family historian or just a lover of good yarns, well told… the convict story starts right here!

The Convict Memorial was developed with funding and support from the Tasmanian Government.


"Australian history... is full of surprises, and adventures,and incongruities and contradictions, and incredibilities;but they are all true! They all happened."

Mark Twain, 1895




6 Brisbane St / Crn Brisbane & Campbell
Hobart 7000 TAS


Tour Times - Wednesday - Sunday: 10am, 11:30am, 1pm, 2:30pm.
Summer 2023 - Open some additional cruise ship days - please see our booking page for availability!


Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year's Day & Good Friday

(03) 6231 0911
Entry Fees:

$35 adults | $30 concession | $20 children | $90 family (2 adults + 3 children) | $10 National Trust Members

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