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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

Latest news

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)

The brigantine TORONTO at the Heads of Port Phillip VictoriaSailing Ship Toronto at the entrance to Port Phillip

7 postcards depicting Pilot Stations in Queenscliff and Westernport, Pilot launches 'Hawk II', 'Petrel', 'Thorsen' and launches welcoming Square Rigger 'Dar Mlodziezy in 1988

Port Phillip Sea Pilots Postcard

 

 

 

 

Pier and yellow sheds , lifeboat shed at the end over the sea.

Lifeboat Shed on Queenscliff Pier

Heading Lifeboat Shed Stories

 

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.

OCTOBER 2022

Every Saturday and Thursday

25 minute tours at 11.15am, 12 noon, 1pm, 1.30pm

TO BOOK

Please phone the museum

03 52583440 or email info@maritimequeenscliffe.org.au 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.

 

 

 

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