Afternoon Theatrical Performances
There will be four performances held around the Penitentiary each day from Sunday – Thursday; December 27 – April 18. In each performance you will meet historical characters from Port Arthur and hear more about their lives at the settlement.
Old Thompson 2:30pm
Doctor Brownell 3:10pm
Linus Miller 3:45pm
The Commandant 4:25pm
Between 11;30-2:30pm each day, you can drop in to the Education Centre (The Accountant’s House) to engage in interactive displays, play nineteenth century games, or take part in one of our hands-on activities such as making temporary convict tattoos, dressing a peg doll, designing a convict love token or making a fantascope.
See the Timetable below for a full schedule of activities.
26 December – 26 January, Daily
11:30am-2:30pm in the Accountant’s House
Signed, Sealed and Delivered: Communication at Port Arthur
Join us to discover some of the ways that the people of Port Arthur kept in touch with the outside world, from the first convict settlement through to the early days of tourism in the twentieth century. Through hands-on activities children will discover different types of communication such as the Port Arthur semaphore system, and the art of letter writing and wax sealing. They will also have the chance to make a Port Arthur postcard and post it at the site of the Carnarvon Post Office.
8-20 January, except Saturdays
3:00-4:30pm in the Accountant’s House
Refreshments at the Visiting Magistrate’s House
Enjoy a wine or beer, tea or coffee and light refreshments including Devonshire Tea in this nineteenth century home, which was once occupied by some of the settlement’s most important dignitaries. Premium Tasmanian beers and wines will be available for purchase.
28 December – 18 April, except Saturdays
11:30am – 4:30pm in the Visiting Magistrate’s House