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Immigration Museum

Corner of Flinders and William Streets | 400 Flinders Street, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia (Melbourne CBD)
+61 3 8341 7777
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As featured in 3 days in Melbourne
Ranked #25 of 190 attractions in Melbourne
Type: History Museums
Owner description: The Immigration Museum explores the stories of real people from all over the world who have migrated to Victoria. Located in the Old Customs House in... more » Owner description: The Immigration Museum explores the stories of real people from all over the world who have migrated to Victoria. Located in the Old Customs House in the heart of the city, the museum re-creates the real-life stories of coming to Australia with a rich mix of moving images, personal and community voices, memories and memorabilia. From the reasons for making the journey, to the moment of arrival in a new country, and the impact on indigenous communities, these stories are sometimes sad, sometimes funny, but always engaging. « less
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Ambleside, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014 NEW

I'd recommend this museum highly for its content and think it is really interesting for someone to learn more of his or her history and family routes

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Phnom Penh, Cambodia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014 NEW

This museum was okay, but not especially exciting. I would tell tourists and locals that it's not worth a visit.

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MuseumVictoria, Marketing manager at Immigration Museum, responded to this review

Hi Thank you for making the time to comment as it helps us understand what our visitors expectations are and how we went based on those expectations. Can you please let me know how we could have improved your experience from one that was only okay to something better?r Thank you, Fay More

Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

this place is quite lovely to look at the building is old and well kept. the exhibitions were great and informative and worth the small entry fee. it was very quiet though you feel like you need to whisper.

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Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 via mobile

I've visited Melbourne several times now and never thought to visit this museum until now. I'm so glad I did! It's packed full of information from our early history right through to the modern day, even with commentary on issues like asylum seekers. The multi-media material is both engaging and challenging - we had a great conversation afterwards about judging... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

This Museum tells the story of Australia's migrant past in a warts and all manner. Plenty of exhibits in a spacious, grand building. Close to Flinders Street station and other venues such as the Aquarium.

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Mississauga, Ontario
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014

The museum is in the old Cusotms House building so has an interesting building to work with. The stories of immigration to Australia is covered from the first Europeans until current times. Many of the stories are not what you would expcet so are very meaningful. A highlight is a comparison on transport ship accomodation over several centuries.

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Fargo, North Dakota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

Remembering the discussions about emigrating when I grew up in Europe, this museum reminded me of many of those topics. It is a good picture of the changes in immigration over the years. The exhibition on the second floor about faith and fashion of moslem women was positive and showed how different Australia is for these particular women than the... More

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Fay V, Manager at Immigration Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for your post - and glad to hear you enjoyed your visit More

High Wycombe, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

This museum tells the stories of some of the people who have immigrated to Victoria. It was fairly interesting, but didn't grab me in the way that Ellis Island in New York did. Part of it is laid out as a ship showing berths from different points in history, which really demonstrated the conditions under which some migrants travelled. The... More

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Perth, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

A great history of the multiculturalism that Victoria is built on. The focus is naturally mostly Victorian where multiculturalism is most evident in Australia. It has great information on the background of migration and set out in logical and interesting way, and uses hands on ways and film to explore personal experiences of diverse migrants. I am not a museum... More

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Wrexham
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2014

We spent several hours here, it gave a fascinating insight into the history of immigration of Australia, including good film footage and first hand reports. Definitely worth a visit.

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