– 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.
Queenscliffe 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
Children (4 - 14): $5.00
Under 4yrs: Free
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
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
Discover more about some of the artefacts displayed in our museum at Victorian Collections.
Queenscliffe Maritime Museum (victoriancollections.net.au)
Port Phillip Sea Pilots Postcard
Lifeboat Shed on Queenscliff Pier
Queenscliff's historic lifeboats, the crews, and the lifeboat shed have a place in the town's hearts because of the heroic rescues that saved lives in shipwrecks at the entrance to Port Phillip.
Walk down the Queenscliff pier to discover the stories in the Lifeboat Shed with short heritage talks, then visit Queenscliffe Maritime Museum nearby to view the last lifeboat Queenscliffe
Queenscliff South Pier with its Lifeboat Shed perched at the end is an iconic landmark. From the 1850's up until 1976 lifeboats and their brave local crews attended wrecks along the coast. When the last lifeboat retired in 1976 it was saved by the town and became the centrepiece for the creation of Queenscliffe Maritime Museum.
The Lifeboat Shed stood idle and unused on the Queenscliff pier and has been refurbished by Parks Victoria. It is now the perfect place to hear the stories of the lifeboat, its rescues, and its dramatic launch from the shed.
Every Saturday and Thursday
25 minute tours at 11.15am, 12 noon, 1pm, 1.30pm
Please phone the museum
03 52583440 or email email@example.com and a payment link will be sent to you.
Or book and pay over the counter at the museum.
Adult $15 Conc. $13 Child $5 children under 4 years free
Your ticket includes an entry voucher to Queenscliffe Maritime Museum. The museum entry is valid until 31 December 2022.
ACCESS The Lifeboat Shed is a 300 metre walk from the start of the pier to the end. There is ramp access to the Lifeboat Shed.
Please allow approximately 7 minutes to walk the pier from the parking.
Parking and toilets nearby at the reserve.