A trip to the museum is an inexpensive and educational experience for young and old. The exhibitions of early ship building techniques (from the ancient Egyptians through to the Middle Ages), Queensland shipwrecks, deep sea diving and the role of the South Brisbane Dry Dock during World War Two make for a fascinating day of oceanic exploration.
Appropriately located on the Brisbane River at the southern end of the South Bank Parklands, the museum boasts a collection of dry dock marine vessels (such as the anti-submarine vessel Diamantina, the racing skiff Fury and the suitably named tug boat Forceful) that can be boarded for a small additional fee. The museums permanent displays include a historical library, complete with shipping charts and plans and more than 15 000 photographs, artefacts from vessels and lighthouses and a retrospective display of navigational equipment.
School groups are encouraged to take advantage of the educational program; schools can access the learning modules from the website before visiting, and have access to a trained volunteer guide during their visit. This program is suitable for all ages and discounted entry fees apply to group bookings.