Queenscliffe Maritime Museum located at Wharf Street in Queenscliff engages in the collection, preservation and interpretation of the maritime history of the region. Queenscliff being situated at the head of Port Phillip became an important station for maritime services since in the 1850’s.
The triangle area of water between the land points of Point Nepean, Shortlands Bluff and Point Lonsdale forming “The Heads” is a dangerous stretch of water which has claimed many ships and lives, since the European arrival to Australia. The first lifeboat and lifesaving apparatus was established at Queenscliff in 1856. The lifeboat service at Queenscliff has a history of gallant service since then. In 1926, Lifeboat ‘Queenscliffe’ was built in Adelaide and commenced service at Queenscliff which was taken out of service in 1976. ‘Queenscliffe’ was offered to the Borough of Queenscliffe for care and display by the Maritime Board of Victoria. The committee formed at a public meeting on March 13. 1980, to investigate how the lifeboat could be preserved, resulted in the formation of Queenscliffe Lifeboat Preservation Society. The newly formed society undertook the restoration of the vessel and became instrumental in the establishment of the Maritime Museum. The Museum was opened to public in 1986 to display the lifeboat. In 1998 the name was changed from Queenscliffe Lifeboat Preservation Society to the Queenscliffe Maritime Museum.
Today the Museum provides services like guided tours of its collections and pre-arranged tours to Point Lonsdale Light station. As per the Museum website it organises regular events like Queenscliffe Maritime weekend, Maritime and Collectables Market, and International Lighthouse Weekend. Queenscliffe Maritime Weekend, first organised in 2012, celebrates Queenscliff’s long association with the sea. The Museum remains the best place to learn about the maritime history of Queenscliff, Southern Port Phillip and Bass Straits.
Location: 2 Wharf Street, Queenscliff, Victoria
Phone: 03 5258 3440
Opening Hours: 11.00AM – 4.00PM daily (closed Christmas Day, Good Friday, Anzac Day – am only)