Focusing on the historical aspects of the shore-based whaling industry in Spring Bay, the contemporary situation with whale visitations to our region, and the story of local boatbuilder Neil Drake.
Spring Bay Maritime & Discovery Centre
Welcome! Our Centre is about celebrating local history and the creative arts in the Spring Bay region of Tasmania’s beautiful east coast.
The Centre is made up of 3 groups, providing creative, practical and informative spaces for members and visitors to participate in and enjoy.
Our Museum celebrates the history and maritime legacy of the Spring Bay region through local history, storytelling events and exhibitions. The Museum’s annual exhibition is open every day in January of each year. We’re also open on Mondays 9.30am-1.00pm and by appointment.
Celebrating local wooden
Boats that have fallen on hard times are sourced and brought to the Shed
Shed members work together to bring sad old wooden boats back to life
With time, skill and effort, restoration is complete and boats are set to go
We have fun along the way and enjoy getting together to share
Studio & Gallery
The Studio encourages creativity through a vibrant art space, with classes in drawing, painting, printmaking and much more. The Studio is led by a professional artist.
Open every Monday 9.30am to 1.00pm and through January, when our yearly exhibition is on show. Also open by appointment. Visitors and new members are most welcome.
The Studio’s exhibition ‘There is…Still Life in Spring Bay’ ran throughout January and was a great success, with a 43% increase in visitor numbers from last year! A total of 1,168 local, interstate and international (from 19 countries) people enjoyed viewing the works that Studio artists had worked on throughout the year. We got some great feedback and enjoyed many interesting chats with locals and tourists alike. Members were again rostered in pairs each day to spread the workload; encouraging all to vote in the People’s Choice Award, won by local artist Su Morice.
Our Summer Evening Cruise took place on Saturday 8 February aboard the Maria Island Ferry (run by Navigator) and was very successful. Whilst the number of guests was a little down on last year, everyone who attended had an excellent night. This yearly event helps the Maritime Museum raise much needed funds to allow us to continue to open and develop our exhibitions, so thanks to all who attended.
Our Shed boat building team Bernard and Chris are working on a beautiful old boat which we are hoping to enter in next years Wooden Boat Festival. If we manage to pull it off, what a wonderful achievement for our Shed as well a great asset.
A bit more about the Centre
Chair, Maritime Museum
Chair, Community Shed
Chair, Studio & Gallery
We Are Here...
We’re situated on Tasmania’s east coast at the Marina, 17 Esplanade, Triabunna (close by the Maria Island Ferry Terminal)