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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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As featured in 3 days in Melbourne
Ranked #29 of 203 attractions in Melbourne
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: History Museums
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... more » 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). « less
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11 reviews 11 reviews
8 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

This museum is really interesting. I'm not a huge "museum goer" but had heard this was worth a look. Entry costs $12 but was definitely worth it, I spent 2.5 hours here on my last day and had to leave before I had seen everything to catch a flight. The museum shows our multi-cultural heritage from the first "convict" and... More

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Bendigo
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

Didn't get to read everything yet so I will go back. Great activities for kids to do inside out of the freezing Melbourne winter.

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Ixonia, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

If you're looking for insight this is the place to get it. The exhibits offer a great look into immigration in general, and Australia's past specifically. There are a lot of interactive bits to keep you interested, and it takes you from the past to present day on goings and attitudes on the subject. It also delves into issues like... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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34 reviews 34 reviews
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

It was quite an experience walking the the migrants journey. I found it quite confronting and would highly recommend the visit as a starting point. When I visited there was an exhibition of Muslim fashion which was fascinating. An enlightening experience which I would highly recommend.

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Cessnock
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

I have walked past this building on so many occasions, and finally was able to visit. The architecture and history of this grand old building itself held as much interest for me as did the museum exhibits themselves. I do not live in Victoria, and as such found that much of the material was fairly parochial. That said, it did... More

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Edinburgh
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

Slightly disappointed I had made the effort to get here. The timeline of immigration to Australia was quite interesting but I was round the whole building really quickly. Not really sure the relevance of the exhibitions on the second floor and wasn't even excited by the buildling and I love architecture.

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Iowa City, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

This museum did a great job showing us the history of immigration, both the good and bad times. Lots to see and read about. Thought the museum did a great job covering everything. A must see if you are interested in this type of history

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Los Angeles, California, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014

This museum in the old Customs House is a treasure trove of the country's immigration history. It tells the story "warts and all" regarding the prejudices toward the aborigines and various non Anglo Saxon groups with various versions of the "White Australia policy. Some of the documentation is quite shocking. Several of the people with me in the museum were... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2014

This museum is a really nice space. It's very informative about Melbourne's immigration past and it incorporates many interesting aspects of our past. The building is really beautiful, so even in moments when I wasn't engaged in the educational side of things, I still enjoyed being there.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2014

I love visiting museums while on overseas trip as I believe that a country's museum will teach us the most about the country's historical background and cultural. And I'm glad I chose to visit the Immigration Museum! My favourite has to be the interview room whereby we get to 'interview' the immigration applicants and through it, get a deeper understanding... More

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