Bass Strait Maritime Centre, Devonport

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History Museum · Hidden Gem · Museum
The Bass Strait Maritime Centre can be found in Joshua Slocum Park and is a significant landmark near Devonport’s river foreshore.

Through objects, images and interactive displays, the Bass Strait Maritime Centre explores the themes of the natural history of Bass Strait and its islands, European exploration, settlement, early shipbuilders and entrepreneurs, shipwrecks, the impact of steam, creation of the Port City of Devonport and naval history.

A simulated experience "Take the Helm" of the SS Woniora gives visitors the chance to test their skills and bring a 1910's steamer into the Mersey River or through the Heads of Port Phillip Bay.

The newly restored ketch "Julie Burgess" though provides the real experience. Two-hour sailings are scheduled from October through to the end of June on Wednesdays and Sundays subject to weather conditions.. Please note minimum numbers apply and passengers should contact the Bass Strait Maritime Centre for bookings and departure times. Get ready to take the challenge!!!

The Centre includes a Gift shop with a variety of maritime themed gifts and souvenirs. Snacks, small meals and great coffee is served in the"Bass Strait Diner" open 10am to 3pm.
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  • An interesting museum of local history that is reasonably priced and well worth a visit. Full of information, photographs, artefacts and large scale ship models to explain aspects of the areas...  more »
  • Only open 10 till 3. 5hours a day!! totally useless Drove 250klms to visit only to find CLOSED at 3pm day before Anzac Day. PATHETIC!! IF YOU WANT PAYING TOURISTS MIGHT HELP TO BE OPEN.  more »
  • Small but excellent museum. Loved the simulator! Very important exhibition on plastic on et the moment, everybody should see it. Also a good selection of books in the gift shop.
  • A lot of interesting things to read and see. The boat simulator was fun.

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