Bass Strait Maritime Centre



The museum houses permanent and temporary exhibition spaces. Each room within the Harbour Master’s Residence has a different theme, exploring Devonport’s local history or the maritime history of the Bass Strait. We hold the only builder’s models of the Empress of Australia and the Princess of Tasmania. Did you know Devonport’s cement and limestone industry contributed to the construction of the Sydney Harbour Bridge? Or, that the first steam car in the southern hemisphere was built in Devonport? Many more stories and interactive displays are to be found within.

Our new wing houses temporary and travelling exhibitions, shipwreck tales from the Strait, Joshua Slocum’s circumnavigation story, a 1920s diving suit, and much more. For the current temporary exhibition scroll down.

‘Take the Helm’ of the SS Woniora Simulator Experience and test your skills by bringing a steamship into the Mersey River or through the heads of Port Phillip Bay.

The Signal House sits in Joshua Slocum Park and in good weather we hoist the flags. Did you know that when there is a gaff on a flagpole, that the Australian Flag is always flown from it? If there isn’t a gaff, the Australian Flag is flown from the highest position. Can you read the International Code of Signals Flags? Click here to see a chart.

Current Exhibitions

Cats & Dogs: ALL AT SEA

17 February 2020 – 16 April 2021

Cats, dogs, monkeys and birds have been cherished on board ships for as long as people have made sea voyages.In a life from which children and families are usually missing, pets provided an important source of comfort and affection.Photographer Samuel Hood boarded hundreds of ships between 1900s and 1950s that were moored in Sydney Harbour. He took thousands of photographs of crew members, from deckhands to the captain as a souvenir of their visit or to send home to families and loved ones.

Cats & Dogs: ALL AT SEA is an exhibition from the Australian National Maritime Museum, but, as always, we will be adding local stories and objects into this exhibition. Do you have a story of a maritime pet? We’d love to hear it!
Image Credit: Australian National Maritime Museum

Photography Credits

  • Banner Image: Kelly Slater
  • Current Exhibition: ANMM