Immigration Museum, Melbourne

Visit the Immigration Museum to understand the history of one of the world's most diverse cities and countries. In the architecturally significant Old Customs House, learn about how immigrants have arrived in Melbourne and Australia from all around the world. Read the general history, discover the various immigrant communities that exist around the country, and listen to personal stories of arrival and integration into Australian society. To visit Immigration Museum on your trip to Melbourne, use our Melbourne online trip itinerary planner .
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  • Really liked this place. Great exhibitions and research centre, thoughtfully put together and gave a good insight into Australia's multicultural history. Recommended.  more »
  • Very friendly staff here very willing to help with finding records of ancestors. Lots of information on all of the early settlers and history  more »
  • I enjoyed reading about personal accounts of emigrating to Australia as well as the short history of European settlement and efforts to encourage people to move there. As with any colonized territorie...  more »
  • Very good small but super interesting. I'm not a big museum fan but this one is great kept me indoors for 3.5 hours on a summers day. Great exhibition on what migrants are doing in Melbourne today. Love the Chinese migration exhibition explained alot.
  • Nice place if you want to spend some time in Melbourne. Entry is free for students, staff is friendly and even if I'm not interested in Australia immigration, the exposition was quite good. You can expect to spend 2 good hours inside, and it's quite a kid/family friendly place. The only black point is that the shop inside the museum is not interesting.
  • Very educational and emotional exhibition! It could take you approximately 1.5-2.5 hrs to see everything (2 floors). Well organised rooms and the interactive stations are giving you a real example of how early immigrants in Australia were feeling! You can also find a room with special exhibition on Chinese immigration.
  • Lots of history and exhibits in a beautiful victorian customs house. Very engaging and informative. Encouraging for new migrants.
  • Great place to visit. When we were there they had a theme on the Chinese. Interesting.

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