Museum of Chinese Australian History

Museum of Chinese Australian History, Melbourne: Hours, Address, Museum of Chinese Australian History Reviews: 4.5/5

Museum of Chinese Australian History

Museum of Chinese Australian History
4.5
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10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
About
Located in the heart of Melbourne's Chinatown, the Chinese Museum's five floors showcase the heritage and culture of Australia's Chinese community. Our purpose is to operate a museum, to promote and preserve Chinese Culture and history - especially of Australian-Chinese history in Australia.
Suggested duration
1-2 hours
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The area
Address
Neighborhood: Central Business District
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.
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Jeffry b
Essendon, Australia7,212 contributions
The history of the Chinese in Australia
Dec 2020
There have been substantial numbers of Chinese people in Australia, at least since the Great Australian Goldrush in the 1850s. This fascinating museum has many artefacts that will interest people of all nations. By the way, look out for the statue of Dr Sun Yat-sen, the founder of modern China, at the front of the building.
Written December 17, 2020
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jeffryb
Keysborough, Australia371 contributions
Site of Chinese heritage
Oct 2020
Melbourne has a long history of Chinese habitation, which began in the Great Australian Gold Rush of 1851. There are many artefacts here, it is well worth a visit if you have an interest in Chinese culture.
Written October 7, 2020
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Thank you for your kind review. We are currently closed but you are welcome to explore our online exhibitions here: https://www.chinesemuseum.com.au/Pages/Category/exhibitions. Thank you!
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Lea Rose
Melbourne, Australia36 contributions
A must visit!
Feb 2020
Melbourne's Chinese history is really interesting. The unspoken yellow tax of Australian's history is revealed here. In the heart of China town and free on Chinese New Year.
Written February 25, 2020
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ruth b
Melbourne, Australia244 contributions
Interesting history
Feb 2020
It was very interesting and informative. Showing the timeline of the roman empire against the chinese and was interesting to find that they started about the same time. The only comment I would make that on many items they wern't dated. It gave you dates of when the chinese actually came to australia as word had got around about the gold and tin. The basement was really good I thought set up like a ship and it rocked and had audio. Had sleeping quarters, tools of trade, lottery house, fortune house, layout of how they would work on the land. It was excellent.
Written February 3, 2020
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Wayne
Sydney, Australia78 contributions
Excellent
Jan 2020
Need at least two hours to view this very comprehensive display of the history of the Chinese community in Australia.Start on the top floor and work down to the basement where there is the largest processional dragon in the world on display.
Written January 10, 2020
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Phil S
6 contributions
Nice Surprise
Nov 2019
One those places you think "Must go there sometime" Glad we finally did. The ancient history as well as Chinese immigration to Australia was very interesting.
Written November 17, 2019
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Greggggg123
87 contributions
very interesting with the Han exhibition
Nov 2019
I've walked past this place hundreds of times and never ventured in. At $11 for entry, it's very reasonable and easily worth an hour or two. Who knew the mainland Chinese were so integral in Victoria's settling? The basement level has a walk through display that's reminiscent of Sovereign Hill. Pray you don't have school groups going through at the same time. Girl on the front desk spoke next to no English - so just hope you don't have any questions!
Written November 15, 2019
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vivieneu
Lake Cathie, Australia167 contributions
Great
Dec 2018
Who knew there was a chinese museum in Melbourne, not me, until I was researching what to do. Its wonderful, very colourful and lots of information about the early days of the gold rush and the role the chinese community played in it.
Well worth the visit.
Written November 12, 2019
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Jeffry b
Essendon, Australia7,212 contributions
Street of the Han People hosts Chinese Museum
Oct 2019
Chinatown in Chinese is called "Han Ren Jie," or "Street of the Men of Han." The Han Dynasty (206BC - 220AD) was one of the great dynasties. The new exhibition traces the history of he Han Dynasty. This Museum narrates the history of the Chinese in Australia, beginning with Mak Sai Ying's arrival in Sydney from Canton in 1818. The Museum also has the Dragon Gallery, with three significant dragons used in processions. And what would the history of the Chinese in Australia be without the gold miners? The Museum is open 10:00 AM to 4:00 pm every day (public holidays excepted.)
Written October 30, 2019
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Brian J.
Leura, Australia26 contributions
A Must See in Melbourne
Aug 2019
We thought we would just pop in for a quick visit and spent 3.5 hours here.
This is a hidden gem in Melbourne and should be visited by anyone who enjoys finding out about the history of a people and their culture.
We have recommended this Museum to all our friends and none have been disappointed when they have visited.
When you finish your visit you can wander into Chinatown for a nice lunch.
Written September 22, 2019
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