Arts & culture

Gippsland Regional Maritime Museum – Port Albert

Phone: 5183 2520

Port Albert is a secluded and natural beauty spot about 45 minutes drive from Foster.  It has a fascinating early history, which has been relatively untouched until recent times.

On looks alone, it is hard to imagine the vital role this port played in the early settlement of Gippsland.

To learn about this historic port, its people and place in history, you can do no better than visit the Gippsland Regional Maritime Museum and see first hand the outstanding collection of early original memorabilia.

From the moment you step inside the museum you will appreciate the exceptional exhibits on display.  From seashells to a diorama depicting the early Chinese fishing industry, our collection ranges across all ages of maritime history in all of its many faces.  You will see the gold display featured in the original vault area where tons of the elusive metal, mined during the earliest days of gold discovery were stored before shipment to distant ports.

The early fishing apparatus  and boat building tools used by our fore fathers, when the first ships were built at Port Albert, are there for your inspection.

Operate the original Citadel Island lighthouse, listen to our talking boat and experience a storm in Bass Strait, as you view the items salvaged from our historic shipwrecks.

Navigation methods from the 18th Century through to modern-day satellite technology are there for your interest, as is a display featuring local lighthouses and other maritime navigation aids in the well-appointed navigation room.

A wealth of written history detailing the agonies and successes of the first settlers, our pioneers who faced the hardships of a bountiful but unforgiving land, is there for you to read.  Your children, too, can freely participate in an enjoyable learning activity, while leaving you free to wonder at your leisure.

Wheelchair access from ground-level to all viewing area.

Open daily September to May 10.30 am – 4. pm.  June to August – weekends, school holidays or by appointment.

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