Immigration Museum, Melbourne

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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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  • A really interesting place to visit. Gives the history of people settling in Australia. When we were there an exhibition of the £10 poms was brilliant.  more »
  • I went to the Gandhi exhibition at this marvellous venue. The Museum was once the Victorian colony's custom house. We had drinks in the upstairs foyer and then went in to see the exhibition direct fro...  more »
  • Might get around on foot, managed to look even 30 minutes is inconsequential in 30 minutes if you take the watch if you want to watch only the exhibition. Mahatma Gandhi exhibition was held when I visited had a lot of people came in around 4:30. From becoming free after paying the entrance fee since I was visiting for the first time, had the small museum, so might be.
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  • Victorians come from more than 200 countries, speak 260 languages and dialects and follow 135 religious faiths. Why do people leave their countries of birth to live here? What is their experience in their new country? How do communities adapt to new arrivals? These are the questions that the Immigration Museum poses. Expect a thought-provoking experience filled with stories that are sometimes sad, sometimes funny, but always compelling. And somewhere within, you'll find your own story. In 1998, the Immigration Museum opened in the beautifully restored Old Customs House. As the former administrative centre of Melbourne's immigration and customs, it is the perfect home for a museum filled with the real stories of people who have migrated to Victoria. Today, you'll find two floors of exhibition galleries that house temporary and permanent exhibitions. Several times a year in the Festival Courtyard we host joyous community festivals that are alive with food, music and culture. The Immigration Discovery Centre is the perfect place to start your genealogical research, while the Tribute Garden is a beautiful sanctuary that honours immigrants from over 90 countries. The Immigration Museum collaborates with culturally and linguistically diverse communities to explore, document and present stories and experiences of immigration and cultural diversity in Victoria.
  • Incredible place to visit! They've put a lot of effort into curating this. Really interesting information and exhibits. Not too busy unless you get a school group coming through. Some great interactive pieces. Multiple levels, but elevator if you can't take stairs. Such a beautiful old building. Recommend to visit, especially if you have a concession card and can get in for free.
  • A walk through takes somewhere between 90 minutes and 2 hours. I think I expected a bit more of the stories of immigrants who came here. You get a good gist for how racist the government used to be after about 15 minutes here, so the tour's impact peters off as it rolls on. I mostly wish it went more in depth.
  • Visit the place.. Nothing to add. Really insightful, during my visit there was a special show about Gandhi which taught a lot. Even just the permanent part about immigration, integration, and growth is amazing.. Gives us world inhabitants a lot to think about.
  • I went in on the off chance they contained records of the Europeans who came over in the 50's... and they Did!. Found LOTS of interesting information about when my parents came over, the ship they came on, where they settled... thank you and the National Archives for gathering, keeping and digitising all this information.

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