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Immigration Museum

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Address: Corner of Flinders and William Streets | 400 Flinders Street, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
Phone Number: +61 3 9927 2754
10:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 17:00

Explore Australia's history and culture.

Journey through Melbourn's history...

Explore Australia's history and culture.

Journey through Melbourn's history and explore stories of people who have migrated from all reaches of the world. From the reasons for making the journey, to the impact on indigenous communities, these stories are sometimes sad, sometimes funny, but always engaging.

Located in the Old Customs House in the heart of the city - an easy walk from Flinders St Station or Southern Cross (or catch the free City Circle Tram).

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This museum is a must see. We ended up spending 3.5 hours here going through all the narratives and exhibits. It's also very interactive which makes it interesting. As well, the... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
Toronto, Canada
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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

This museum is a must see. We ended up spending 3.5 hours here going through all the narratives and exhibits. It's also very interactive which makes it interesting. As well, the presentation is all very high quality. I would highly recommend this museum.

Thank Lauraxy
Newcastle, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I recommend this to Australians and overseas visitors. It does a brilliant job of explaining the waves of migration through stories of individuals and families. As others have said, do not rush through it as it is in reading and hearing the stories that you learn so much. It is in a very handy location within the free tram zone.... More 

Thank NewcastleKiwigirl
Fordingbridge, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The Immigration Museum, free to concessions, tells the stories of the immigrants who have come to to Australia over the last couple of centuries, amongst others many thousands of Chinese who arrived during and after the gold rush. The stories are told of people, coming from all parts of the world, how they arrived in Australia, and their lives from... More 

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

A fascinating insight into the issue of immigration and identity both national and self. Well laid out, diverse range of exhibits accessible and very thought provoking. Eat before or after you go as catering facilities are minimal. Don't rush in and out, it merits a proper investigation

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Very interesting museum that honestly portraits Australia's approach to immigration over time. The mock interviews are particularly moving and blunt.

Thank KMChicago
Bristol, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Definitely worth a visit if you are in Melbourne. It was extremely interesting to find out so much about immigration and how this has contributed to Australia as it is today.

Thank carha
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Very interesting museum. You can spend hours reading about the history of Australia and how events have shaped this country. Highly recommended

Thank Flora R
Berwick, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The most interesting and educational museum i have been to in quite some time. I spent several hours there and came out with so much I did not know when I entered. It was interactive and interesting

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Do not pass this one by, time passes by so quickly absorbing the history of immigration and how this has shaped Australia. It's of particular interest if you are from UK and Scotland in particular. The history and the stories will challenge perceptions and, perhaps, the plight and opportunities of the current migration challenges.

Thank LSBalloch
Huddersfield, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We enjoyed this museum - both looking at the old Customs House and the exhibitions relating to immigration. Particularly enjoyed the exhibition re passage - the journey and how this changes through the ages and the Ithica exhibit

Thank Madalyn H

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