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Immigration Museum

Address: Corner of Flinders and William Streets | 400 Flinders Street, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia (Melbourne CBD)
Phone Number: +61 3 9927 2754
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Ranked #25 of 175 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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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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31 reviews 31 reviews
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015 NEW

I wanted to visit the Immigration Museum last time I was in Melbourne and ran out of time, so this was my top choice to see on this trip. I wasn't disappointed. The museum is in the beautifully restored Old Customs House. I was very interested to see how the story of the settling of Australian by Europeans would be... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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29 reviews 29 reviews
8 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015 NEW

This museum gives everyone an amazing lesson. The history here is not dry and rigid but very enjoyable and interesting. This is Australia value, 99% of visitors can find their homeland's immigration stories. Australian came from all over the world, from every single corner of this planet. Multimedia technology brings knowledge to observers in a visual and comfortable way. You... More 

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Perth, Australia
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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015 NEW

Given that Australia was built on immigration, I did expect more. They are obviously working on building the exhibitis though, and what is there is fabulous. My own family are all immigrants to Australia, from the UK, Ireland and Italy - so this was an eye opening experience for me. If you're Aussie, and you've traced your family history go... More 

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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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9 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

A varied and enjoyable journey regarding the history of immigration to Victoria. Some highlights for me were: The "interactive interview" with prospective emigrants. I "interviewed" a Greek couple and "accepted" them as potentially hard working migrants, only for the "official" to reject them because their daughter was deaf and likely to be a burden on social services. Shame.It was then... More 

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Ottawa, Canada
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33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

The museum is worth a visit. Well set up and offers a running history (good and bad) of migration to Australia. It exposes a rich multi-cultural history to Melbourne and Victoria which is often concealed.

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County Durham
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

At $12 a person I expected more than 2 floors. The exhibitions were well put together and professional but it felt patronising and I didn't really learn anything. Very disappointing.

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Melbourne, Australia
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52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2014

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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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2014

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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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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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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