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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  • The museum is highly recommended and well worth a visit. It was wonderful on this occasion to see the Li Cuixin exhibition also.  more »
  • This museum tells the story of the persons who came to Australia, their diversity and the trials and tribulations of settling in a new country. The displays showing how people had to take tests to be ...  more »
  • Passing this on a walk about decided to go in for coffee, the building is immaculate and staff very knowledgeable, there are a lot of good visual pictures and information, we didn’t have time for the ...  more »
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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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