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Queenscliffe Historical Museum

Address: 49 Hesse Street, Queenscliff, Victoria 3225

Phone: 03 5258 2511  


The Queenscliffe Historical Museum is situated in Hesse Street between the Post-Office and Library, in the township of Queenscliff.

Opened in 1974, specifically to house socially historical materials peculiar to the Borough of Queenscliffe (which includes Queenscliff, Point Lonsdale and Swan Island) the museum is home to many thousands of items including photographs, documents, paintings, newspapers and toys, just to mention a few.

There is also a display of shipwreck relics recognised by Heritage Victoria. From 1838 the maritime history began with services offered by pilots such as George Tobin, and lighthouse keepers and signal masters such as Captain John Preston at Point Lonsdale.

The story of the Borough of Queenscliffe is displayed through a representative selection from the Museum's collections of personal memorabilia, household artefacts, furniture, maps, photographs, documents and works of art.

This rich source of information complements the hundreds of personal documents and diaries that have been donated by descendants of pioneers.

Many of the visitors just enjoy looking at the past, but increasingly it has been found that research is often the reason for a visit. Whether you are a local resident checking on family history, local property titles or a student preparing a project, you will not be disappointed with the resources available.

When next in Queenscliff, pay the Queenscliffe Historical Museum a visit and become immersed in the pioneering days that made the township what it is today.

Content: Queenscliffe Historical Museum

Payment methods accepted

Cash Only  Cheque 

Cancellation and booking policy

Organisations and schools may make group bookings by ringing the Museum.

Local directions

Bellarine Highway from Geelong to Hesse Street Queenscliff OR Sorrento Ferry Service to Queenscliff terminal.


  • Car park

Opening hours

Group visits by appointment. Closed Christmas Day and Good Friday.

11:00am -4:00pm

2:00pm -4:00pm


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Disabled access

Contact operator for further details.

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How to get here

Great Ocean Road