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Immigration Museum

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Central Business District
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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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Traces our history

We're a country of immigrants and the museum shows exactly how hard the trip was for early settlers as well as having short term displays on certain topics, it was our pearling... read more

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Grafton, Australia
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Grafton, Australia
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Reviewed yesterday NEW

We're a country of immigrants and the museum shows exactly how hard the trip was for early settlers as well as having short term displays on certain topics, it was our pearling industry when I was there. Well worth the time.

Thank Ozplanman
Greater Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed yesterday NEW

100% worth visiting for anyone interested in Australian immigration history. The building itself is interesting and the displays are very moving.

Thank alexjwilson84
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Been meaning to visit for years. Something for everyone in this beautifully converted customs house. Could have spent a few hours there. Worth seeing and nice and quiet on a Sunday.

Thank Josie v
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Great information wether you were born here or jmmigrated shows the reasons why and the struggles faced in a far away foreign land

Thank Judy T
London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

While I was in Sydney some Aussie friends of mine told me about visiting this museum and how much they loved it. I was about to travel to Melbourne for the last four days of my trip to Australia and added this museum to my list. To be honest if I wasn't looking for it I would have walked past... More 

Thank Iris A
New South Wales
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Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

We were staying not far from the Immigration Museum and decided to check it out. We found the museum very engaging and the focus on individual stories with oral history, video and artefacts is excellent. As a fifth generation Australian whose ancestors all arrived here in the 19th century I initially felt rather excluded from the narrative. The initial introductory... More 

Thank PadreJose
Manchester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 week ago

An excellent exhibition and archive with some good interactive displays. We were visiting tourists with no family who had ever been involved in Immigration or even travel to Australia but the story told was a fascinating piece of social history. Centrally located on Flinders Street with a modest entry fee, friendly and knowledgeable staff and a beautiful building to view... More 

Thank D K
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I was in Melbourne for a few days in March staying with a friend who like me was a £10 Pom way back in early 1960. My family returned to UK, she has lived there ever since. We went to the Museum because we thought it would be a good place to see memories and things that may have been... More 

Thank sylviacatc
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This place provides a very informative and interesting insight into the populating of this wonderful country. It is worthwhile spending an hour or so visiting and including this in your Melbourne itinerary. It gives a reminder of some of the challenges and struggles overcome by many to attain security or a better life.

Thank Skidooo
Perth, Australia
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Australia is nation of immigrants. This becomes quickly apparent when exploring it's major cities. When I first arrived 25 years ago in Perth, I recall being in the city and hearing a bable of voices that I identified as Italian, Spanish, Russian, Vietnamese, a couple of Chinese dialects, and even an unidentified African langauage (it was outside an African restaurant)... More 

Thank Patrick K

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