Old Hobart Town Model Village

Old Hobart Town Model Village

Old Hobart Town Model Village
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  • PeterLangston
    Tamworth, Australia1,005 contributions
    Very Clever
    Probably our highlight was a visit to Old Hobart Town. It is what it is, a scale model of Hobart of the 1820's. Everything is 1/16th of the original and it really is superb. A clever addition was a challenge to find four figures somewhere in the display, set for children but it had all of the adults on their toes. I ended up trading information with a German tourist who needed information I had. It was a lot of fun. Its easily the best of these type of attractions we have seen.
    Visited March 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written March 15, 2023
  • Suz L
    Melbourne, Australia30 contributions
    Fun trip to a cute model village with a history lesson thrown in.
    Fun and very cute. We came here with the kids many years ago but decided to visit it again today even without kids. We enjoyed it very much again and appreciate all the detail to attention which was put into creating the village and the beautiful way it is maintained. It’s a fine history lesson into how Hobart was many years ago. There is a lovely little gift shop too.
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written April 14, 2023
  • Nat H
    Bendigo, Australia5 contributions
    Was ok
    Not overly impressed. The lady who served us was quite rude in regards to the kids being there, I understand some kids may grab at the displays but there is a polite way to say that kids are to stay with their parents. A lot of work and effort has gone into the display, glad we saw it once but wouldn’t go out of my way to see it again.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written November 3, 2023
  • Deborah M
    Gainesville, Florida45 contributions
    A delightful look at history
    What a delightful surprise. We spent two days in Hobart including the Hop on Hop off tour and general walking around. Our final morning we went to Richmond for breakfast and to see the village. The Old Hobart Town Model was so much fun especially as we were a little familiar with the current look and the streets of Hobart. Clearly a lot of time and effort were put in to making and maintaining this visual treat.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written November 21, 2023
  • thomas
    1 contribution
    overpriced for a family and a condescending peanut behind the counter
    Arrived to a lecture from the guy behind the counter,(lighten up) clearly not a fan of children a little overzealous about his stuffed toys, The antics of the miniatures are a little far fetched but the work in it is to be commended. I think its a money grab at most. Go in for a look but dont touch anything in the gift shop.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written December 26, 2023
  • Mark H
    Kariong, Australia185 contributions
    a snapshot in time
    The detail and humour in miniature showing what Hobart was like was very enjoyable. we walked around a couple of times because there was always something you noticed that was different. Whilst the people are static which is like capturing an image in time there is moving water etc. as well as flapping in the wind washing. We originally didn't have time to see this but when our tour to Port Arthur was delayed we came back.
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written January 3, 2024
  • Natalie L
    Perth, Australia18 contributions
    Hobart in miniature
    A very clever re-creation (in miniature) of old Hobart town as it was in the 1820s. Definitely worth a visit. Easy to find and plenty of parking available. Good gift shop too. And Richmond is a great place to visit.
    Visited January 2024
    Traveled with friends
    Written January 13, 2024
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Sue N
Sorell, Australia2 contributions
Jan 2020
This is a fascinating look at Hobart Town as it was in the 1820s. It is really well set up and everything is to scale. I have taken many tourists there and they have all been impressed with it. I am going back there today. It would easily be my sixteenth visit. I have taken school groups through and the students have been entranced by it. I am sorry that someone from Perth has said that it is overpriced and not worth it, because I beg to differ. $15.00 entry is not prohibitive compared to many other places. It is a wander round yourself place which is great if you have children with you. If you are not into History and how we used to live, then this may not float your boat. But if you have children with you, definitely worth it; especially as it is to scale and to plan from early drawings from the time. Enjoy!
Written December 17, 2020
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Jason S
Melbourne, Australia1,689 contributions
Jan 2021
It’s ok to see detail is great and good information provided about the history of Richmond area and kids love it.

But for the experience $15 was expensive with the 4 of us. I think $8.50 - $10.00 pp would be a fairer price.

For me the old Gaol was the best thing to see in Richmond and that was $10pp.
Written January 9, 2021
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John H
Canterbury, UK125 contributions
Feb 2020 • Friends
We were really surprised at the extent to which the model village depicted early settlement life. The creativity employed to give a flavour of the life 200 years ago was unexpected. There was something for all ages and interests. The staff are very helpful and friendly. Umbrellas ready in case of rain. The bonsaied trees and the model characters show attention to detail and a sense of humour. Allow 1 to 2 hours.
Written February 2, 2020
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Bruce F
Dapto, Australia266 contributions
Feb 2020
The owner told us that he had spent three years researching many records and documents to get a realistic and true image of Hobart town as it was around 1820. Then this walk around village, representing the docks and nearby streets, was created using fired clay for buildings and figures, which were then hand-painted. It is a fabulous re-creation of Hobart, and visitors can not only see it "as it was" but by looking closely can see the humour that has been included through the human figures. Look closely at what they are doing! This exhibition has just a narrow street entrance and could be easily missed by a visitor to Richmond just looking for the historic bridge, churches etc. - don't miss it!
Written March 14, 2020
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Lauren E
Lake Macquarie, Australia21 contributions
Dec 2020 • Family
It was a great place to take the kids to learn about the History of Hobart. The attention to detail was amazing & we learnt that the owner took 3 years building it using real maps where possible. My kids enjoyed walking around thoroughly.
Written December 5, 2020
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David H
18 contributions
Sep 2021
We visited the Old Hobart Town Model Village and we are just so glad that we had made the decision to go there. It is an amazing experience. We wholeheartedly recommend the Village - it is easy to get to, it is quite compact in size, but sufficiently large so that you never feel overcrowded. You can just meander and be continually impressed by what you see.
Written October 26, 2021
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Dee R
Brisbane, Australia242 contributions
Sep 2021 • Friends
Very interesting attraction. The detail in the model buildings, accuracy and figurines were amazing (even the trees were bonzaied to scale) and information on the signs was outstanding. While I didn’t need to stay very long to see the display, it was well worth the visit. I think if you were familiar with Hobart it would be even more meaningful. Overall, a good place to spend half an hour or so.
Written September 16, 2021
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Mark H
Kariong, Australia185 contributions
Dec 2023 • Couples
The detail and humour in miniature showing what Hobart was like was very enjoyable. we walked around a couple of times because there was always something you noticed that was different. Whilst the people are static which is like capturing an image in time there is moving water etc. as well as flapping in the wind washing.
We originally didn't have time to see this but when our tour to Port Arthur was delayed we came back.
Written January 3, 2024
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Kirk S
Melbourne, Australia16 contributions
Feb 2023
This is a great place to come spend an hour or so when you are in Richmond. The owner/creators of the village have taken a really novel way to display a miniature village - by doing it based on historical information and a period in time. It's incredibly informative, fun and well put together. I really like miniature villages and buildings, I find them particularly interesting/amusing and this one is one of the best I have seen.
In particular, they have considered kids and how to keep them interested, by having a little puzzle for them to solve as they go around the exhibit. It had my 6 year old and 3 year old excited to chase down each part of the game.
Then on top of the buildings and displays, they have made the exhibit fun for adults, by having characters around the buildings which are by their positions, expressions, etc tell you a story about them and/or their surrounds. For example a character is looking to the heavens with what looks like a screaming yell, whilst holding a hammer, some men behind a tavern urinating on a fence and a couple cuddling in the back of a cart filled with hay. There's a lot of different things to look for whilst you appreciate the historical elements of the display.
Written February 21, 2023
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FyingKiwi
Christchurch, New Zealand948 contributions
Jan 2023
An exceptional model village of what Hobart looked like in 1820, with all buildings, streets and people constructed to scale. It gives visitors a very unique look at what life was like for those who resided in Hobart at the time and how far Hobart has progressed since then. An absolute must see for any interested in the history of Hobart and indeed, Tasmania.
Written January 17, 2023
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