Improving Visitor Experiences at the Cascades Female Factory

Visitors to Hobart’s iconic Cascade Female Factory are set to have an even better experience thanks to the construction of a new History and Interpretation Centre.

The Minister for Heritage, Roger Jaensch, said the new $5 million History & Interpretation Centre will feature a museum and interpretation gallery, research room, gift shop, and welcome and ticketing area.

“It will also include new meeting and office facilities to increase use of the heritage site for other purposes and events, improving income opportunities.

“With a vast number of stories of human courage, endurance and endeavour attached to the convict population of Tasmania, the Tasmanian Liberal Government strongly supports projects such as this.

“It helps us to recognise their suffering and celebrate the lives of those who strived to make a home in Tasmania,” Mr Jaensch said.

Port Arthur Historic Site Management Authority CEO, Jonathan Fisher, said the introduction of innovative technology and interpretation will showcase both the site and its stories in a truly engaging way.

"None of this would have been possible without the generous financial support of both the Tasmanian and Commonwealth governments.

"The site closed on 27 May 2021 to allow for construction of the new History and Interpretation Centre, and with demolition now complete, we are on track to reopen the new and improved site to visitors in December 2021."

The Cascade Female Factory is one of the eleven places on the Australian Convict Sites World Heritage Listing, and the Tasmanian Liberal Government is investing $3 million in the project, with a further $2 million investment from the Federal Liberal Government.​

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