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Immigration Museum

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Address: Corner of Flinders and William Streets | 400 Flinders Street, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
Phone Number: +61 3 9927 2754
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10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Explore Australia's history and culture.

Journey through Melbourn's history...

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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An excellent small museum

If you have a couple hours and are interested in the diversity of immigrants to Melbourne, this is a great place to go. The museum is very well done and does not shy away from... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
Janice L
Tuebingen, Germany

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Tuebingen, Germany
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46 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

If you have a couple hours and are interested in the diversity of immigrants to Melbourne, this is a great place to go. The museum is very well done and does not shy away from some of the extremist policies that Australia had in order to keep out various non-British nationalities or to subjugate the aboriginal peoples just a few... More 

Thank Janice L
Melbourne, Australia
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28 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

So many things to see An amazing collection .Even if you are not an immigrant it is great Very helpful staff to steer you in the right direction if you want to look through records

Thank harrietalvina
Ubud, Indonesia
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69 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

A very interesting way to learn about the history of Australia and a bit about the world. The video played in the beginning of the displays, really help to understand the many causes that made people decide to move to Australia. Later, we can follow stories of these people when they reached Australia, how they adapted, worked, started their families... More 

Thank AnnaMana
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44 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I was somewhat disappointed in this museum, as it basically covers only the immigration in the Melbourne area. I was interested in the initial immigration of convicts, who went to Sydney area, so guess it isn't pertinent to Melbourne. That aside, the exhibits were well done, interesting and informative. We started with a docent's tour of the building and it's... More 

Thank Carol M
Sydney, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I called in here when I was in Melbourne in January. My father was from Europe so it was very interesting to see a mock up of the ship that he came to Australia on. I didn't have time to go right through the Museum, but the parts I saw were very good. The staff at the desk are helpful... More 

Thank CathyOne
Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I loved hearing about our history in relation to immigration. We are an amazing country because of the huge range of immigrants that have made Australia home. My in-laws came from Germany 55 years ago for their Honeymoon and only returned to Germany after 25 years. My mother's family were convicts!! What an interesting country we now have, with so... More 

Thank Helen B
Melbourne, Australia
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The wall upon which the names of migrants to Australia features many nationalities, including my late father in law who migrated to Australia in the 1930"s. The way the wall is set up and the water stream in front of it is the highlight of the museum.

Thank 859graemep
Melbourne, Australia
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62 reviews
33 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Love walking through the gallery here to see the relics of things past. As a 1.5 generation immigrant Australian, it is an interesting historical place to visit. Every visit back to Melbourne, Immigration Museum is one of the places I go. I appreciate the areas where 'language test' is given to new Australians - quite unfair and unjust. I appreciate... More 

Thank Msceebae
Albury, Australia
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96 reviews
17 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The staff are very friendly and helpful at this is a great museum. Well worth a visit and we will be back as we did not allow sufficient time.

Thank Macandree
Melbourne, Australia
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47 reviews
27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Most museums are a bit of this and a bit of that ... this museum is a bit different. What I like about it is that it's all about people. It's also a great place for finding out more about Melbourne (and Australia's) people history. Lots of information (to be expected) but not as 'dry' as most museums.

Thank Jandimere

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Full of discovery and delight, Melbourne’s laneways tease the imagination long after you’ve put your weary feet up to rest. They weave through the heart of the city: cafes, bars, restaurants and boutiques, throbbing with conversation and espresso coffee. You never quite know what you’ll find around the next corner: cobblestone alleys, old beer barrel hoists and even vats of simmering organic soup. There is the air of Berlin in the street art, a touch of Paris in the umbrella-shaded cafes and, reminiscent of Rome, eateries tucked away in the most unlikely of places. Perhaps you might want a break and cross the Yarra River to Southbank - walk along the promenade, bask in the sun at a waterside bar and decide whether to go to the nearby casino or book a ticket at the Melbourne theatre company.