Visitor Centre


 Opening Hours

Visitor Centre

The Visitor Centre is open from 9.00am until the close of Historic Ghost Tours at night.

We have now commenced the first stage of a major redevelopment of the Visitor Centre.  We endeavour to maintain all services throughout the development however if you have any questions please feel free to approach our helpful staff.


Port Arthur Historic Site grounds and gardens

The Port Arthur Historic Site, gardens and ruins are open from 9.00am until dusk.


Houses and buildings

Museum houses and buildings are open between 10.00am and 5.00pm

Some houses remain open later during the summer months. Please check with our Visitor Services staff for more information.


Convict Study Centre

Visitors to Port Arthur Historic Site can search the database of Port Arthur convicts and free people for names of those who came through Port Arthur at the Convict Study Centre and Lottery of Life Interpretation Gallery, located in the Farm Overseers Cottage (behind the Separate Prison).   The Study Centre is open between 9.00am and 5.00pm.

 Tasmanian Visitor Information Network (TVIN)

Located within the Visitor Centre, for all of your Tasmanian booking needs.


  • Toilets
    Toilet facilities are available throughout the Port Arthur Historic Site, including wheelchair-accessible facilities.
  • Telephones
    Public pay phones are available at the Visitor Centre.
  • ATM
    An automatic teller machine (ATM) is located in the Visitor Centre. EFTPOS, including cash out facility, is also available.
  • Foreign exchange
    The Port Arthur Historic Site accepts foreign currency (USD/NZ$/Sterling/Yen/Euro), travellers’ cheques (must be in $AUD) and all major credit cards. Please enquire at our Visitor Service Desk.
  • China UnionPay
    Payment is now accepted by China UnionPay at all sales points, including the ticketing desk, gift shop, cafes and bistro.
  • Lockers
    Lockers are available at the Visitor Centre for a small hire fee
  • Lost and Found
    Please see our staff at the Ticketing Counter, or call 1800 659 101
  • First Aid
    We have a dedicated First Aid room at the Visitor Centre, please see our staff for assistance


Smoke Free Site

Port Arthur Historic Site is a smoke free site.  Smoking is only permitted at the designated smoking area in the Visitors Centre Carpark.

Filming and Photography

There’s plenty of amazing buildings and views to photograph during your visit, and we’d love to see what you come up with! Tag us #portarthurtassie or @portarthurtassie to share with us your Port Arthur experience on Instagram and Twitter, or share your photos to our Facebook page.

Please note: Commercial filming and photography is by prior arrangement only.  Please see Filming and Photography for more information and to download an application form.