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“Excellent, authentic village”

Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village
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Flagstaff Hill Maritime Museum and Village
Ranked #5 of 39 things to do in Warrnambool
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Owner description: At Flagstaff Hill you don’t just learn about history – you experience it in Flagstaff Hill’s Living Museum and Spectacular Sound and Light Show Flagstaff Hill celebrates the Shipwreck Coast’s maritime history with the: - Maritime Museum which displays scores of shipwreck artefacts including the famous Loch Ard Peacock valued at over $4 million and was an unlikely survivor of the famous tragedy. - Recreated Maritime Village featuring 40 buildings containing rare original objects all with a story to tell and enriched with volunteers in character, plus NEW interactive digital upgrades. - Nightly Sound and Light Show Experience telling tales of the Shipwreck Coast’s history with a guided tour through the village, state-of-the-art sound and light effects and the impressive nine-metre high water wall. In 2014 the Victorian State Government pledged $2.95 million to upgrade of Flagstaff Hill to make it more accessible, efficient and appealing to visitors. The Village closed to the public for major redevelopments on May the 1st 2017 and is set to reopen Friday the 16th of June. NEW UPGRADES visitors can expect to enjoy in the Flagstaff Hill Living Museum for the first time: - A state-of-the-art orientation theatre to welcome visitors - A facade upgrade which includes an improved entrance ramp - More welcoming arrival with the consolidation of the Flagstaff Hill Maritime Museum reception, gift shop and the Warrnambool Visitor Information Centre - Improved accessibility for elderly and disable visitors - Interactive digital installations including a virtual blacksmith, interactive clock in the Instrument Shop and interactive panel in the Examiner newspaper office. - A new projection screen in the Wharf Theatre - The Shipwrecked Sound and Light Show Experience which tells the story of the Loch Ard shipwreck has been upgraded. With engaging story telling, fresh new imagery, dazzling lighting and sound effects through out the village - it’s sure to impress. - The introduction of Harpooned the brand new Sound and Light Show Experience telling the tale of Warrnambool’s whaling history. - A more activated village with costumed characters bringing to life a coastal village of the 1870s
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Reviewed 6 April 2018 via mobile

I visited here with my 85 year old mother. Easy walking access and very interesting buildings and exhibits.

Evening show was very well done and also caters for those who are less mobile with a little cart to take you down and back from the show.

Great gift shop with lots of variety.

Thank Mel J
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"light show"
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"laser show"
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"lantern walk"
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"shipwreck coast"
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"ship wreck"
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"night light"
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"step back in time"
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"tea room"
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"special effects"
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"local history"
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"on display"
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"gift shop"
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"interesting place"
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Reviewed 5 April 2018

This village successfully recounts the life and times of the early settlers and the many shipwrecks that happened in the area. Unfortunately the evening light and sound session was booked out on the day we went. However, felt I had learned enough from the museum itself, with the artefacts and film show. Good entertainment for 2hrs+.

Thank cantygb
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Reviewed 5 April 2018

We went during Easter break so they were having some event. There was live music and the ambiance was absolutely mesmerizing. It is a bit of walk and it is a hill.. so sometimes you have to go uphill, sometimes downhill. May be a little tricky for young ones. My kids loved it, specially my 2 yr old.

Thank Ayesha B
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Reviewed 4 April 2018 via mobile

Sound and Light show at night was a highlight.

In the day, there were musicians playing !

Nice place to walk around .

Thank MelbSur
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Reviewed 2 April 2018 via mobile

We had a great time learning about the history of the area and shipwrecks, our 8 year old son loved it too- especially the big cannon!
Exploring all the different types of building and businesses from the past that made up the village was a lot of fun.
The tea rooms were a real highlight of our visit- the pies were delish and the scones were amazing!!!
My only downfall about the place was I think it was a bit expensive for admission around $45 (2 adults and a child) and beware of the cobblestone path it almost rips the wheels off the pram of era!
Overall it was an interesting place to visit.

Thank australianroadtrip
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