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Truly Great Coffee

Here at the Museum Courtyard Cafe, we love our coffee. We proudly serve up Merlo Coffee, one of Australia’s leading independently owned and operated coffee roasters.

Merlo coffee, sources the highest quality coffee beans from around the world.

What this means, is a fresh, flavourful coffee every time. Perfect on it's own,  or paired with something sweet or savoury.

Of course, if you are more partial to tea, we have you covered, offering a range of teas.

Tasty fresh snacks or
light meals

If you are after a breakfast on the go, we offer freshly made egg & bacon rolls, muesli & yoghurt cups and of course coffee (or tea) of your choice.

For mid morning or afternoon tea, we have a range of cakes, slices, scones, muffins or toasties.

Then of course, if you are wanting something a little more filling, we have pies, salads, burgers, frittatas and more!!!

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Served with a side of culture

Charles Dickens (1812-1870) enchanted readers with irrepressible characters while exploring issues such as crime and punishment, the dire impact of poverty on women and children and the grim conditions in public institutions such as orphanages, prisons and workhouses. He was as fascinated by the people and social interactions in the far-flung colonies as he was in those of the dirty streets of London. Many of his characters were transported or immigrated to Australia.

This exhibition brings together artwork by exceptional Australian and Irish artists to engage with Dickensian themes – with a contemporary and quirky twist. It was accompanied by a program of artist talks and special evening events throughout the Dark Mofo festival period.

Curator: Dr Mary Knights, Senior Curator of Art, TMAG

Our Museum Courtyard Cafe is nestled in the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery (TMAG), with access via the Macquarie Street Commissariat entrance as well as the main Watergate entrance, on Dunn Place, Hobart.

Commissariat Store 1808–10

The Commissariat Store is the oldest surviving public building in Tasmania and is one of Australia’s earliest public buildings. Construction of this two-storey brick building commenced in 1808 to house the colony’s valuable foodstuffs and supplies, as well as to provide office space for the Commissariat Department.


Close to the waterfront it provided easy access for the unloading of goods, with the top floor being used as a loft to store light materials such as hay, while the lower floor acted as the provisioning store.

It played a vital role in the colony’s early economy as the focal point for receiving and distributing both imported and locally produced goods. In its early days it also provided food and clothing to the poor.

As the demand for more storage grew, the surrounding buildings were added along with the Watergate wall, to define the Commissariat Complex in the form it appears today.

This building has undergone extensive alterations and little of its original form survives.

TMAG is Australia's second-oldest museum and is located in one of Australia's most historically significant sites. 

TMAG is a combined museum, art gallery and state herbarium, with the broadest collection mandate of any single similar institution in Australia. 

As you take your time soaking up the culture from longer term exhibitions and new temporary collections and exhibitions, make your way over before, during or after your viewing, to relax and re-fuel.

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