3 top museums on the Mornington Peninsula

Published on 9th August 2016 in Blog, Holiday Tips and Advice, Mornington Peninsula Activities

The Mornington Peninsula has a rich history that dates all the way back to the early pioneers from Europe. As a result of this storied heritage, there are plenty of fascinating museums dotted all around the region, and they all make for a great excursion when you're staying at Moonah Links.  

They're not all focused firmly on the distant past though. In fact, there are plenty of modern and quirky establishments that can add a bit of frivolity to your exploration of the area's culture. Here are three of the best museums that you'll find on the Mornington Peninsula. 

1. McCrae Homestead

Of course, we have to start with a location that reflects the pioneering history of the Mornington Peninsula, and there's no better place to do this than the McCrae Homestead. Built in 1844, the property is the oldest original house in Victoria, and retains much of the contemporary furniture too. At the time of its construction, the site consisted of some 8,296 hectares, and was owned by Andrew and Georgiana McCrae. The McCraes were one of the first six families to settle down in the area, and you can take a guided tour through their home to get an idea of what early life in Australia might have been like.

2. Museum of HMAS Cerberus

Thanks to an important strategic position between Port Phillip Bay and the Bass Strait, the Mornington Peninsula has always been a crucial hub of oceanic activity. This is reflected by the museum at the HMAS Cerberus naval base, which was opened in 1980 and now contains one of the country's largest collections of memorabilia pertaining to the Royal Australian Navy. A main focus of the museum is the base itself, which is the Navy's premier training establishment. The views out to sea aren't bad either!

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3. Charlie's Arthurs Seat Auto Museum

It's not all about the sea on the Peninsula, and land vehicles get some love over at Charlie's Arthurs Seat Auto Museum. Opened by the titular Charlie Schwerkolt in 1988, the collection of houses over 80 vehicles that cover over 100 years of automotive history. Many of the cars on display are extremely rare, and it may be your only opportunity to see them. In addition, there are motorcycles and models galore, so it's the perfect day out for any petrolheads visiting the region. 

These are only three of the fascinating locations and museums that can be found on the Mornington Peninsula. For more information on the area, get in touch with the Moonah Links team today.

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