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HMAS Castlemaine

Address: Gem Pier, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Phone Number: 9397-2363
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Ranked #173 of 480 things to do in Melbourne
Type: Specialty museums, Museums
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Type: Specialty museums, Museums

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Melbourne, Australia
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44 reviews 44 reviews
16 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

We stumbled upon this corvette, and one of the volunteers let us in 15 mins before closing time for free. He gave us a quick tour of the ship and the small museum inside, except the boiler room, and we left 30 mins after closing time.

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Portland, Oregon
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52 reviews 52 reviews
14 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

It was only $6. and what a great time we all had. Small ship but they have done a wonderful job with the displays and artifacts. The staff was wonderful and very helpful.

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Kaeng Khoi, Thailand
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88 reviews 88 reviews
28 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

I was so impressed with the quality of this museum ship, which really should be regarded as a National treasure. You are able to access most of the ship, which gives an insight into life on a Corvette in the Second World War Pacific theatre. The volunteer crew were all helpful and very enthusiastic. I thought the $6 admission for... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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40 reviews 40 reviews
8 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2014 via mobile

Had a couple of hours to kill and I love ships and museums, it's only $6.00 an adult so very good value for money, so we went on and had a look, it's a small ship so it does not take a long time to walk around, lots of Intresting documents and artefacts and great to get up close with... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2013 via mobile

Our group ranged from 5 to 75 and all enjoyed their time on board. Lots to explore and experience; history brought alive and the starting point for lots of conversations with my children. Where you take them is up to you! We popped on board and stayed much, much longer than anticipated and enjoyed every minute of our extended stay!... More 

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110 reviews 110 reviews
81 attraction reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2012

This is a wonderfully informative piece of history and relevant to our modern times of course, great for the kids and big kids alike.

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Top Contributor
181 reviews 181 reviews
99 attraction reviews
114 helpful votes 114 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2012

The ship is only open for tours on weekends but it is worth a visit. The "crew" (volunteers) were excellent answering all the questions our 7 and 9 year olds could throw at them. The ship is an integral part of our national naval and Maritime history. The kids had a fun time moving the guns around and exploring the... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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33 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2012

We really found this very interesting, the guys who showed us about where all very knowledgeable and we came away haning learnt alot of its history. Thanks!

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Hong Kong
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7 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2012

A comfortable ~ 1 hour cruise from Melbourne CBD led us to the Gem Pier and the Museum was just next to the boarding area. Staff were very friendly and many stuff were touchable, making the kids very excited. The most unexpected was the possible operation of the 4-inch gun with rotation and angle adjustment :-)

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Melbourne, Australia
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22 reviews 22 reviews
17 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2012

Exploring the Castlemaine is great fun but what makes this attraction great are the many volunteers who are very happy to tell the stories relating to this ship and lots more too!

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