Carnegie Building Basement & Caretaker’s Flat

16 Argyle Street, Hobart

No bookings required, just turn up!

Architect: Alan Cameron Walker, Douglas Salier (1903–07)

The imposing Carnegie Building was the site of Hobart’s first public library, funded by Scottish–American industrialist and philanthropist Andrew Carnegie. The building’s story harks back to 1860 when the local council borrowed money to build the Town Hall, on one condition: that a library be included. It took more than a decade for the library to become established in the Town Hall, and by 1902 it had more than 100,000 users. Since the library moved to Murray Street in 1960, the Carnegie Building has been used as Council offices, an art gallery and is now home to the Maritime Museum of Tasmania.

Open: Saturday 11 November 2023, 10 am – 4 pm

Highlights: Take a peek inside the original cellar and caretaker’s flat.


*  On Saturday, 11 November, Open House Hobart asks everyone to observe a minute silence at 11 am for Remembrance Day.



Building Type


Architectural Period

Victorian (1851-1901)



History of Hobart

Suitable for Children


Level Changes

Stair Access Only

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