MHAV represents over 40 organisations and hundreds of members supporting maritime awareness, collections, experiences and historic vessels. From canoes to clippers, immigrants to container ships, the sea has touched the lives of all Victorians. But Victoria is the only Australian state without a major centre to preserve and celebrate its vast maritime riches.
Seaworks Maritime Discovery CentreThe MHAV continues to support the Seaworks Foundation with the development of the Seaworks Maritime Discovery Centre, at 82 Nelson Place, Williamstown, VIC 3016.
The Discovery Centre displays many unique collections, including models of ships which have traded out of Melbourne over the last 180 years, many artefacts from those and other vessels, historical DVDs, paintings and prints of ships and the Port of Melbourne, and a library of publications and photos.
The Discovery Centre has already been identified by the Williamstown Visitor and Information Centre as being a significant tourist attraction. The Discovery Centre is open on Sundays and, subject to availability of volunteers and guides, is planned to open mid-week.