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DISCOVER THE FASCINATING PAST OF QUEENSCLIFF, SOUTHERN PORT PHILLIP & BASS STRAIT

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– est 1986

"Escape into Queenscliff's fascinating maritime past..."

EXPERIENCE TALES OF THE SHIP WRECKS, LIFEBOATS, FISHERMEN, RESCUES, LIGHTHOUSES, SHIPPING & BOATING, AND ALL THE MARITIME HERITAGE AROUND THE 'RIP' - THE CHALLENGING ENTRANCE INTO PORT PHILLIP FROM BASS STRAIT.

The Museum was established to preserve and display the last lifeboat, the Queenscliffe, which served for 50 years until she was retired from service in 1976. The restored Queenscliffe now forms the core of the museum display, surrounded by rare artefacts and objects illustrating the Lifeboat service since the 1850s.

The Museum's maritime collection is displayed in the Museum itself, as well as in the Museum grounds where you can explore maritime relics and several historic buildings housing various displays. Make sure you browse the Museum's nautical Gift Shop for that perfect keepsake.

 

Facebook Queenscliffe Maritime MuseumQueenscliffe Maritime Museum is OPEN 7 days    We hope to see you in the museum soon.  Enjoy exploring real objects from our past and discover the stories at the heart of this maritime town. Be surprised when you step inside.

Please email info@maritimequeenscliffe.org.au for inquiries.

Covid 19 safety measures include hygiene controls, large indoor and outdoor display areas and 1.5m distancing.

We welcome group visits. Please contact John Sisley, Administration Manager, to discuss a tour or visit.

To maintain the safety and good health of our volunteer staff please defer your visit if you have any cough, sore throat or other symptoms.  Thanks for your understanding.

The Point Lonsdale Lighthouse Tours, managed by QMM, remain suspended until further notice.  Contact  QMM on 03 52583440.

 

 

Hours:   Open 7 days  11am-4pm

Closed Christmas Day, Good Friday, Anzac Day - am only

 

General admission

Adult: $10.00

Concession: $8.00

Children (4 - 14): $5.00

Under 4yrs: Free

 

Group bookings

Available by prior appointment - tour guide included (no fixed minimum numbers - negotiable).

Adult/Concession: $10.00 / $8.00

School (Primary/Secondary): $5.00

School (Tertiary/TAFE): $5.00

Pilot Vessel Mavis III Docks at Queenscliffe Maritime Museum

See our newest exhibit

You can help restore this vessel by purchasing a book in our special offer. Discover the pilot service history or be charmed by the beautifully illustrated children's book Defiance to the Rescue

 

TO ORDER THESE BOOKS

 

 

 

 

Discover more about some of the artefacts displayed in our museum at Victorian Collections.

Queenscliffe Maritime Museum (victoriancollections.net.au)

 

 

 

Latest news

OFFSHORE TALES of Careers at Sea

Saturday 2 July, 2022 7.30pm

in the Gil Allbutt Boatshed Queenscliffe Maritime Museum 

Two experienced seafarers with over fifty years service across the globe share their highlights and challenges in the modern maritime world.

Reginald McNee

Being confronted in Africa with leading negotiations to free company hostages was part of his fifty year career.  From Chief Engineer at sea to onshore executive responsible for over 340 Offshore Vessels around the world he continues to work in the global marine industry.

Captain Rob Anderson

Starting as a fifteen year old deck apprentice he became one of the youngest Masters of an international vessel at age 29.  His career was long and varied from a Murray River paddle steamer to Offshore Vessels, to piloting in the Great Barrier Reef and Torres Strait, and trainer of young seafarers. He captured tales from his career in his book "When the Ship Hit the Fan".

 

 

 

 

PLEASE BOOK Contact QMM ph 03 52583440, email info@maritimequeenscliffe.org.au

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NEW EXHIBITION 14 June-14 July

 Offshore and Specialist Ships Australia

Join OSSA's seafarers at the museum to discover more about the specialist ships in Australia' maritime industry.  Learn about the role of Offshore Vessels in the oil and gas industry, research vessels, pilots, cable laying, exploration of the deep sea, and Antarctic research vessels.

11am-4pm daily

Aurora Australis Antarctic Research

Model Far Saltire                                                                 

 

 

 

 

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