The important convict heritage site at Port Asrthur Tasmania has reopened after major conservation works. The Port Arthur Penitentiary restoration, homeo f Tasmanian’s premier tourist attraction, is now complete and open to visitors.
The project cost app. $1.5 million and enables better interpretation of history in the building. The restoration included the removal of an existing support frame, which in turn allowed for the corridors and pathways of the original building to be accessed enabling visitors to walk in the footsteps as former convict inmates would have done many years ago.
As part of the conservation project, the muster yard at the front of the Penitentiary building has been reinstated – visitors can now see what it would have looked like when the convicts were called together for their daily head count.
The renovation was managed by the Port Arthur Historic Site Management Authority, the Penitentiary underwent restoration works during 2014.
For more information, please go to: Port Arthur Historic Site