We are delighted to offer tours of the Hobart Synagogue. Curious visitors worldwide and local join us to learn about the remarkable history of our congregation and Judaism in Tasmania, and to view the unique architecture and artefacts in the 1845 building.

Due to the COVID-19 virus, we are limiting tours to twenty attendees (except for schools). Please do not attend if you are feeling unwell, and follow physical distancing guidelines.

General tour information

  • Our volunteer guides ask for 48 hours advance notice for a new tour request.  You may request a new tour, or join an existing tour already scheduled.
  • There is no fixed charge for tours.
    • However, your donation to the congregation will be invited and received with gratitude.  We will also gladly accept money in your local currency.
  • Tours are available from 10 am and there are no tours on Saturday (the Jewish Sabbath) or on Jewish holidays.
  • Tours last approximately an hour.
  • We’re very happy to accommodate school tours to meet curricular requirements.

How To Book A Tour

Please use this form to book a tour. You will have the opportunity to indicate if you’d like a new tour, or to join an existing tour.

Tour details

Topics include, but are not limited to:

  • The history of Jews in Hobart from the beginning of European settlement to the present.
  • A number of artefacts including an original ticket to the opening in 1845, and our convict benches.
  • The architecture of the building, including an opportunity to see many of its features, most of which are original.
  • The significance of the synagogue’s location.
  • A discussion on the origins of the Czech scroll that is on display in the synagogue.

If you’d like to read independent reviews of our tours, the TripAdvisor page for the Hobart Synagogue has many reviews left by previous tour attendees.

For Cruise Ship Passengers

We are glad to welcome cruise ship passengers for tours. Here are answers to some common questions for those arriving by cruise ship:

How far is the cruise ship terminal to the synagogue?

The synagogue is an 1.1 km (.7 mile) walk from the terminal to the synagogue.

Here is a map of the route to the synagogue (59 Argyle St). Follow the blue dots.

Are there taxis from the cruise ship terminal to the synagogue?

According to the Tasports website, there is a taxi rank right outside the terminal. You can view a map of the precise location of the taxi rank on the Tasports website

Do I have to pre-arrange a tour?

Yes. Please complete this form to book a tour.

If you would like to join an existing tour (which are listed on this page), please complete the booking form where you can select an existing tour to join. If a tour begins in less than 24 hours you are welcome to join the tour, but please be aware that we may not be able to confirm the request.

If I booked a tour and met others on the cruise ship that would like to join, can I bring them along for the tour?

Yes, but if possible, please complete this form to indicate who will be joining the existing tour.

Upcoming tours:

There are no upcoming tours at this time.