Our Collections


Narryna has a rich collection of Tasmanian fine and decorative arts and social history, including portraits, cedar and Huon pine furniture, women’s domestic work and scrimshaw. Narryna’s collection of 19th and early 20th century costume and dress has been identified as nationally significant and has received funding through the National Library of Australia’s Community Grants Program. This page shows some collection highlights including some of our costumes. Check back in future as we will be developing an online exhibition of Narryna’s costume and dress collection along with other collection highlights.


Narryna’s art collection features portraits by British and Tasmanian 19th century artists.


Narryna’s modest jewellery collection is low in value but high in social history interest.



Narryna has a as nationally-significant collection of 19th and early 20th century costume and dress.


Narryna’s scrimshaw collection reflects the importance of whaling to Tasmania’s 19th century economy.



Narryna furniture includes both high-style and vernacular design, together with campaign pieces designed for portability across the globe.



Narryna textiles illustrate care for the home throughout the 19th century.