Maritime Museum Takes Shape

Maritime Museum Takes Shape

A new-look waterfront museum to showcase the region’s maritime and industrial past is taking shape at East Shores 1B and is set to open this Easter.

The Museum has been in redevelopment for almost a year, with the old Museum space packed and stored for most of 2020. The plan to redevelop the Museum has been years in the making and is now almost complete.

The Museum is currently undergoing a professional redevelopment with the assistance of the Queensland Museum.

Naval uniforms, model ships and nautical artefacts will all be on display for the community and tourists to admire.

President Lindsay Wassell said Queensland Museum Development Officer Dr Melanie Piddocke and two of her colleagues are assisting with the curation of the artefacts with the help of $15,000 worth of funding from a Gladstone family.

“The generous local family who wish to remain anonymous have pitched in with some extra funding to help us acquire professional assistance from the Queensland Museum,” Mr Wassell said.

“With their help, we will be able to have the museum in ship-shape.”

Numerous artefacts will go on display once the museum is complete and Mr Wassell said there was a lot of attention to detail going into the design.

“We now have twenty-six customised display cabinets which were also generously donated by the Patrick family,” he said.

“Everyone at the Gladstone Maritime History Society is very excited to unveil the museum to the public we’re just working on getting everything in the right place.” Interactive audio and visual displays will also feature a part in the new museum.

The Museum will reopen on 1st April 2021 and will be open 9-4 every day of the Harbour Festival. The Museum re-opening has been scheduled to coincide with the 2021 Brisbane to Gladstone Yacht Race.

Museum ship HMAS Gladstone is open for one-hour tours, and please remember that enclosed footwear must be worn. Children must be aged 5+ to board the boat. Boat tour costs are $10 for adults and $5 for children.

The Museum admission price is $10 for adults and $5 for children.