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Queenscliffe Maritime Museum

2 Wharf St, Queenscliff, Victoria 3225, Australia
+61 3 5258 3440
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A valuable and fascinating maritime history

We spend an absorbing hour or so, browsing through the museum and amazed at the courage and... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
kevwend
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Melbourne, Australia
Worthy Stop

If you like boats this is a nice little musseum. It only takes an hour or so to go through but it... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Yahjim
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Discover the fascinating maritime heritage of Queenscliffe with a visit to this regional maritime museum, perched near the entrance to Port Phillip and its notorious 'Rip'. From the arrival of the early sailing ships more than 200 years ago, this picturesque coastal town has been shaped by boating activities and the maritime industries which have developed. From shipwrecks to heroic rescues, early fishermen and boat builders, light keepers and their technologies, sea pilots and divers, there are plenty of stories to discover. The last of the Queenscliff Lifeboats is the centrepiece of the museum. Even today, the museum sits adjacent to Queenscliff Harbour with its boating marina, and within walking distance of the Searoad Ferries. Guided museum group tours, and Point Lonsdale Lighthouse tours (conditions apply), are available by prior arrangement. Nautical gift shop available.
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2 Wharf St, Queenscliff, Victoria 3225, Australia
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Reviewed 2 days ago

We spend an absorbing hour or so, browsing through the museum and amazed at the courage and fortitude of the mariners who began and carried on the work of the life boats and pilots. The video, which explains the history and importance to Queenscliff of...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If you like boats this is a nice little musseum. It only takes an hour or so to go through but it was a nice visit.

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Reviewed February 21, 2018

Small museum focusing on lifeboats, pilot boats and shipwrecks in the local area. Some interesting information on local shipwrecks and interesting artefacts

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Reviewed February 15, 2018

Fantastic day out. Came across on the ferry with a bus load of seniors.We had booked in ,and were greeted by friendly staff/ volunteers.We were put into 2 groups with a guide each.The tour took over an hour and we could have spent more time...More

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Reviewed February 14, 2018

We found it very interesting about the local maritime history. Worth a look if you are in the area. They showed you how they lived and worked in the early period of Victorian life.

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Reviewed January 22, 2018

This local museum captures life of the original fishing village and the importance of the work of Port Philip Pilots really well. It is clearly a work of dedicated volunteers and done with much love and care. Well worth a visit for anyone with an...More

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Reviewed January 11, 2018

This is a must-see if you have even a passing interest in shipping. Good mix of traditional museum showcases and outdoor items (fishermen's sheds, buoys, etc). Don't miss the boatbuilding shed or the collection of outboard motors (no, really!). Good value for money.

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Reviewed October 31, 2017

Absolutely loved this museum as did our entire family. We were able to locate photos and the story behind my great uncle's boat that sunk and cost him his life during the 2nd world war. Very friendly staff and a great way to spend an...More

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Reviewed October 12, 2017

This is really well done and very informative on many levels. The people of Queenscliffe have gone to an incredible amount of trouble to make sure this is up to date and educational without being boring. We thoroughly enjoyed our visit.

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Reviewed September 17, 2017

To be honest, we only visited to kill some time. Little did we know this was going to be the hidden gem of Queenscliff. Wonderful, informative displays, both inside and outside the main building. Give yourself at least one hour to read, listen, observe and...More

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