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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 161 Attractions in Melbourne
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: History Museums, Museums
Owner description: Explore Australia's history and culture. Journey through Melbourn's history and explore stories...
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Type: History Museums, Museums
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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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Melbourne, Australia
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26 reviews 26 reviews
8 attraction reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2014 NEW

The Immigration Museum is located in the old Customs House. We went there on the 16th December 2014 as part of a work function. I have always wanted to visit but I never seemed to find the time to go. I can assure you that it was well worth the visit. I encourage everyone to make the time to see... More 

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Maidstone, UK
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17 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2014 NEW

And free if you are a senior (over-60, not 65!). Evocative little boat walk passing through mock-ups of different ages of steamers; excellent. Make time to read the details and particular family histories; we later went to stay with a first-generation Latvian/Uk immigrant in NSW and his wife (who is certain she's Italian, but born and raised in Wollongong) and... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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190 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014

This under-recognised museum is in a solid big building, the Old Customs House, facing the Yarra River and dating from the days when trading vessels came further up the river toward the city centre. I like encouraging people to check it out; its everyday exhibits are important, and there are changing special exhibitions (currently one about the Scots in early... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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27 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014

History of immigration in a museum interesting documents well preserved about people who move to Australia for different reason not possible to summarize in few sentences.

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014

The Museum has a fascinating historical record of immigration to Victoria. Their exhibits placed throughout the building are really interesting and the collection of artefacts very well presented. Its like a walk through time.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2014 via mobile

Interesting and insightful museum with helpful staff and easy to understand displays. Stayed longer than intended so must be good!

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Sydney, Australia
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24 reviews 24 reviews
7 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

Take a bow Victoria, this is a musuem to be proud of. I tried to sum it up in the title but there is so very much more that could be said. In the four hours (and only hunger drove me out) that I spent here I experienced a roller coaster ride of emotions as I encountered history (both white... More 

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Crookwell, New South Wales, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014

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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London, 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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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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