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Queenscliffe Maritime Museum

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Address: 2 Wharf St, Queenscliff, Victoria 3225, Australia
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+61 3 5258 3440
10:30 am - 4:30 pm
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Mon - Fri 10:30 am - 4:30 pm
Sat - Sun 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Discover the fascinating maritime heritage of Queenscliffe with a visit to...

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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Very informative, well laid out

We visited with our 4 children and they also enjoyed exploring the museum. The highlights for them was definitely being able to try on the diving helmet and also being able to... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Swan Hill, Australia
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Swan Hill, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We visited with our 4 children and they also enjoyed exploring the museum. The highlights for them was definitely being able to try on the diving helmet and also being able to imaginary sail on the boats outside. We found the museum to be well laid out and very informative, an educational and enjoyable experience for our entire family.

Thank Tanya-kidz
Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Pretty good little museum with some good displays. The museum has an indoor & out door section and is kid friendly. Also the staff are very friendly and love passing on local information. Worth a visit.

Thank Stuart B
Naracoorte, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 10, 2016 via mobile

Great place, lots of info and displays. Reassembly priced for a family. Kids loved the big boat and outside displays.

1 Thank CrozLoz01
Redditch, England
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 24, 2016

We travelled to Queenscliffe for the express purpose of visiting the Fort and Maritime Museum. Imagine our disappointment to see signs saying that their is no admittance without Photo Id's, the first time I have encountered this anywhere in the world!

Thank Ozabroad
Management response:

Sorry you missed out on visiting both places when you spent time in Queenscliffe. The Maritime Museum is open daily and does not request any photo id - general public are welcome during our opening hours from 10.30am until 4.30pm. The Fort Queenscliff Museum is within a secure defence facility so does request identification for entry and guided tours should... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 20, 2016

Spent an enjoyable afternoon visit to the museum. Very well presented and very informative. We were lucky that the museum was quiet and we enjoyed the video clips very much. Staff extremely helpful and willing to share knowledge which was a real treat. The area outside was also kept nice and clean. Small charge to museum $8 each concessions available... More 

1 Thank Smudge35
Management response:

Glad you enjoyed your visit. The museum's volunteers are passionate about running this community museum and letting people know about Queenscliff's maritime stories, so thanks for your feedback. More 

Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 17, 2016

I enjoyed the historical information and the kids loved that were up and close to the artifacts very accommodating for all age groups . A must to go and see when you are visiting Queenscliffe.

1 Thank A T
Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 24, 2015

Soak up the maritime history of the area by going to this museum with all its artefacts and boats and bits of boats and learn of all the wrecks along the coast.You can also arrange a tour of the lighthouse

1 Thank kevin d
South Australia, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 11, 2015

We were staying in town and decided to drop in for a look. It was really interesting with the history of the bay shipping and pilots over 150 years. Great displays and you can feel the history. Don't speed past heading for the ferry, take you time to see these excellent sights.

1 Thank Tim J
Management response:

Glad you stopped, and enjoyed your visit to our museum. There arecertainly plenty of maritime activities to discover en route to the ferry, with our museum, and time spent in the adjoining marina with Queenscliff Harbour and its boat trips, shops and eating places, the observation tower and Queenscliff Pier nearby as well. Thanks for your feedback. More 

New Plymouth, New Zealand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 17, 2015

Staff very helpful and knowledgeable. Exhibits well-displayed. A large variety of items from ropes to a complete fisherman's cottage. There are lots of exhibits outside which you do not realise when you first visit. It was a great insight into the danger of the lives of former mariners and the horrendous number of shipwrecks which have occurred along the local... More 

1 Thank Libranace
South Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 13, 2015

Lots of local history. If you like lighthouses then this is one of the better museums to visit. Not as big as the rest but worth a look in the beautiful peaceful fishing town of Queenscliff. Less than a 5 minute walk from the ferry terminal.

1 Thank FREEDOM0710

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