Museum of HMAS Cerberus

As you would be aware, the Australian Government, like other governments around the world, is having to adjust a range of plans and commitments as we work to contribute to the Whole-of-Government response to COVID-19. The Museum of HMAS Cerberus will remain closed to the public until further notice.

We apologise for any inconvenience. We will advise via our website when the Museum will reopen. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Navy Heritage at navy.heritage@defence.gov.au.

Interior of the HMAS Cerberus museum.
Interior of the HMAS Cerberus museum.
Interior of the HMAS Cerberus museum.
Interior of the HMAS Cerberus museum.

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About the Museum

Focus and intent

The Museum of HMAS Cerberus features a large naval heritage collection of artefacts, photographs and memorabilia which steps you through the period of Victorian and Colonial Navies and through the history of the Royal Australian Navy.

Visiting the Museum

The Navy cares about the safety and health of our visitors, staff and volunteers, particularly as we navigate the turbulent waters of COVID-19. Although HMAS Cerberus is currently closed to non-official visitors, once reopened, visits to the museum can be arranged, by appointment, via the contact details on this website.

Our story

The building of the Museum of HMAS Cerberus was built in 1925 and opened as a Museum in 1980. While the collection and displays have taken on a modern approach in presentation the old style charm of the building has been maintained.

One of the items of particular interest on display is the story of the battle of Bita Paka and the capture of the German Wireless Station on 11 September 1914 by the Australian Naval and Military Expedition Force is shown through a display of memorabilia, including the captured German Flag.

History of the building

The building was firstly used as a New Entry Study Block and later as both as a training centre for Supply and Secretarial personnel and an office and supporting facility for the base Paymaster.

 

Plan your visit

Museum of HMAS Cerberus.

Opening hours

Monday to Thursday, by appointment only.

Admission to the museum is free, however an on-site donation is greatly appreciated.

Location

Located at HMAS Cerberus, Mornington Peninsula, Victoria. Please note restricted access, by appointment only.

 

Contact us

Museum Manager CMDR John Goss AM, RAN
Postal Address Museum of HMAS Cerberus
Nelson Road
HMAS Cerberus, Vic 3920
Museum Manager 0408 055 336
Email navy.heritage@defence.gov.au