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Museum of Chinese Australian History Inc.

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Address: 22 Cohen Pl, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
Phone Number:
+61 3 9662 2888
10:00 - 16:00
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 16:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

Located in the heart of Melbourne's Chinatown, the Chinese Museum's five...

Located in the heart of Melbourne's Chinatown, the Chinese Museum's five floors showcase the heritage and culture of Australia's Chinese community. Our purpose is to operate a museum, to promote and preserve Chinese Culture and history - especially of Australian-Chinese history in Australia.

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The home of the dragon!

I found Melbourne's Chinatown to be more interesting than any other city's and the museum was a gem hidden away in an alley. There was lots to see and learn and the lady at the... read more

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Judy K
Gold Coast, Australia
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Gold Coast, Australia
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I found Melbourne's Chinatown to be more interesting than any other city's and the museum was a gem hidden away in an alley. There was lots to see and learn and the lady at the desk was very welcoming.

Thank Judy K
Katoomba, Australia
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Reviewed 20 March 2017

An excellent museum following the rich history of the Chinese not only to the Australian landscape from the goldfields and the long Walk from Robe to industry and commerce but also the Han Dynasty inventions such as Papermaking, the Wheelbarrow, Borehole drilling, Gimbals, Negative Numbers, etc. The Millennium Dragon is fabulous. Highly recommend spending an hour here. I don't know... More 

Thank TravellingMartins
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Reviewed 29 January 2017 via mobile

Spent 2-3 hours in this place and learnt a lot about Chinese history in Australia as well as the Han Dynasty. Plenty of artefacts to view and it's structured very well. The museum is in a very old 4 story building and the curators are very friendly. Definitely worth visiting if you are in Chinatown. Entry fee was $11 per... More 

Thank Sillypiggys
Chicago, Illinois
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Reviewed 27 January 2017 via mobile

We were able to use the concession discount (over 65) so we saved a few dollars. The museum was educational and interesting. It was housed over 5 floors. There was an elevator available to go between floors. They have the largest ceremonial dragon on display - which they take out and use on Chinese New Year (tomorrow).

Thank Diane K
Brisbane, Australia
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Reviewed 10 January 2017

Excellent displays are located on most levels of this museum with easy to read explanations of most exhibits. If you have about two hours to spare in your itinerary, this meseum is worth considering. It is best to start your visit on the third floor where the "Gallery of Chinese Australia" is located. Numerous artefacts and textiles are on display... More 

Thank Vicki E
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Reviewed 7 January 2017 via mobile

The museum's top floor has a few small cabinets devoted to different aspects of the Chinese-migrant experience, mostly around the Gold-rush era and the early 20th Century. They are quite generic and will generally not surprise or inform most visitors. The most interesting display, however, regards the racism (institutional and casual) that Chinese migrants had to endure. Another floor is... More 

Thank AugustaBracknell
Traralgon, Australia
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Reviewed 22 October 2016

Situated in Little Burke and Melbourne's China Town, the museum was excellent. The displays spread over 5 floors are interesting, well kept and have just enough written info not to send you cross eyed. I especially loved the Han Dynasty Exhibition and the Millennium Dragon who winds his way round and down to the basement with it's gold mining display.

Thank justjans
San Diego, California
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Reviewed 19 October 2016

The Chinese Museum is hard to find but worth the effort. It has .excellent displays of the introduction and impact of Chinese in Australia. There is a 200+ foot long dragon which needs 8 to 10 people to operate. The staff are excellent and gave a great rec for spicy Chinese - Sichuan House restaurant which is 2 blocks away.

Thank LyndaDSwenson
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Reviewed 18 September 2016

I came to see one of the temporary exhibitions & ended up exploring the whole venue. After paying the entry fee I was given sheet outlining what was on each floor. Due to its small size compared to better known museums\galleries in Melbourne I wasn't expecting much. However their use of space & the quality of the exhibits on show... More 

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Perth, Australia
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Reviewed 17 September 2016

This was a surprise. Spread over 5 floors this museum had many very informative displays, videos and artifacts from the Chinese Community of Melbourne. Well worth the visit.

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