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Address: Corner of Flinders and William Streets | 400 Flinders Street, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Phone Number: +61 3 9927 2754
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Description: Explore Australia's history and culture. Journey through Melbourn's...
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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Interesting museum in beautiful building

It has to be said that I'm a museum fan. Also, my English greatgrandparents immigrated to Melbourne in 1886 so I wanted to know more. ( My grandfather then later moved to NZ, in... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 23, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

It has to be said that I'm a museum fan. Also, my English greatgrandparents immigrated to Melbourne in 1886 so I wanted to know more. ( My grandfather then later moved to NZ, in 1910). It is a lovely historic building converted to a museum. We arrived at 3.30 pm, closing time at 5. I asked if they would let... More 

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Huddersfield, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

I only had a few hours to look around here before my coach left but I could have easily stayed much longer looking around. The museum is in a beautiful building and explains the history australian immigration in a way that is informative but not stuffy.... there are lots of first hand accounts from people who have moved to australia... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015

I was so surprised at how candid this museum is about the history of Australia's racist immigration policies, with no effort to hide evidence of the rampant racism encouraged by at the time and how it has evolved to shape modern Australia. There is even a room full of racist products from the past! For this honesty and candor, I... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015

A wonderful place for incredible immigrant stories. So much love and care has been lavished on this museum that you are sure to enjoy a wander through its halls and exhibits.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

Australia is a nation of Immigrants and with this museum they are they are not only explaining their history but embracing their diversity. Housed in the Old Custom House the architecture is great.

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Hobart, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

I found this museum really interesting and informative. I wish I had more time to have explored the museum better. It was educational.

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Perth, Western Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2015

The Museum was recommended to me and didn't disappoint - a really interesting, interactive look at Australia's history. I really enjoyed the "real life" stories including those from our current times, I wish I had more time to explore - 2 hours wasn't enough!

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Kent, UK
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2015

Australia has got such a unique immigration history and this museum tells the story really well. I found the different rooms laid out really well, the exhibitions and artifacts interesting and though-provoking too. This was one of my favourite places I visited in Melbourne!

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Tokyo Prefecture, Japan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2015 via mobile

Lots of helpful information for both travelers and residents... Presented in a very engaging manner, a good balance of reading, viewing, and listening. I spent a full two hours because the museum is very interactive. I thought that the interview booth was interesting (you get to sit in as an immigration officer and interview applicants and listen to individual cases,... More 

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Cork, County Cork, Ireland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2015

On a wet and windy day we decided to pop in for a tour as we always pass the building and never go in , it was a fun and informative day out that i would highly recommend.

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