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Immigration Museum

Corner of Flinders and William Streets | 400 Flinders Street, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia (Melbourne CBD)
+61 3 9927 2754
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Ranked #27 of 158 Attractions in Melbourne
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: History Museums, Museums
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Owner description: 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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Crookwell, New South Wales, Australia
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014 NEW

I stumbled across this place and it was brilliant. Being a migrant, I could relate to so much. I ended up spending 3 hours but it felt like a lot less it was so absorbing.

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Chelmsford, United Kingdom
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28 reviews 28 reviews
13 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

I had a good look around the museum and it was pretty interesting. The big boat in the centre talking about the journey most immigrants would have made was fascinating and very well done, but some of the other exhibits were a little dry and underwhelming. I'd say it was worth a visit, but when I went quite a lot... More

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Whangarei, New Zealand
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36 reviews 36 reviews
10 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

As a first generation New Zealander who is well aware of the reasons why his parents came halfway around the world from the Netherlands to make a new life for themselves I was very interested to know if immigrants to Australia came for the same reasons. This museum was extremely thought provoking and well set out. I was pleased to... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

The first people to settle in Australia were the Indigenous people who arrived here around 50,000 years ago. Before that, the island continent had no humans. Then in 1788 Captain Philip arrived from England and dumped his human cargo at Sydney Cove -- English, Irish, Jews and others. The real surge in migration began after World War II. Now we... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

Wonderful exhibits, interactive, beautiful building, thoughtfully curated - highly recommend Very reasonable admission price.

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Dallas, Texas
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81 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014

In that a lot of immigrants have migrated here. Got to learn about their stories and their reasons for immigrating. Shows alot of short documentaries in addition to the items that came with the immigrants. Was disappointed the coffee shop and gift shop were down for remodeling

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014

There is so much to enjoy and appreciate here if you like your history and studying human behaviour. There is a great video presentation to whet your appetite. In the first room there is a decade by decade commentary around the perimeter of the room which also charts population growth. There is so much to enjoy here. The mock up... More

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Morwell, Australia
11 reviews 11 reviews
3 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014

You are moved soon as you start the experience. First hand accounts from people themselves who have experienced many things. You are told why they came, how they came, how they settled here in Australia, what they did in Australia. There are items that are there are collections from people who have donated to share their experiences with everyone. As... More

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Canberra, Australia
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190 reviews 190 reviews
34 attraction reviews
85 helpful votes 85 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014

Finally got to this museum, and enjoyed it immensely. It finds a good balance between providing political history and social history conveyed through oral history, spoken and textual, about people's experiences. Avoids being overtly political but the message regarding our often unwelcoming treatment of newcomers, is there. I like the fact that it incorporates indigenous stories and history into the... More

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Sydney, Australia
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88 reviews 88 reviews
17 attraction reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014

I'm probably biased but I found this to be the best museum in Melbourne, and we visited most during our 4 months living there. Rather than just displaying a lot of artefacts and mock ups of immigration tales (though it has its fair share of interesting ones too), the exhibitions really get you thinking about what identity means to each... More

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