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Museum of Chinese Australian History Inc.

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Address: 22 Cohen Pl, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
Phone Number: +61 3 9662 2888
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

Located in the heart of Melbourne's Chinatown, the Chinese Museum's five...

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.

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I took my 4 children here and we all loved it. We paid a $25.00 (family) entry. We started at the basement and worked our way up to the 3rd floor. They have a Han Dynasty... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
Melbourne, Australia
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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I took my 4 children here and we all loved it. We paid a $25.00 (family) entry. We started at the basement and worked our way up to the 3rd floor. They have a Han Dynasty exhibition currently, which took up the 2nd floor. Absolutely worth the visit. The location is sensational as it sits in a lovely alley/court off... More 

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I stumbled upon this museum completely by chance and given that it is celebrating its 30th anniversary that was surprising. It consists of several floors most with a permanent collection and another one with a visiting one. At the moment it has one on the history of the Han dynasty which is not strictly related to the Chinese in Australia... More 

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Brussels, Belgium
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Fantastic museum offering rich history with plenty of cool items on display. The Han exhibition was super interesting with a jade warrior burial suit. The display of the gold diggers on the bottom floor was full of interactive stuff engaging both the young and the old. The Chinese millennium dragon is absolutely magnificent and amazing. Wish we could see it... More 

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Even though two floors were closed for a new exhibit being installed, this was still a good museum with interesting information about the Chinese community in Australia. The longest ceremonial dragon in the world is here, wrapping around the building, and there is a lot of cultural and social history. I learned a lot, and the staff were friendly and... More 

Thank coolcatstravel
Brisbane, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2016

A great place to see Victoria's Chinese history. There are three floors to wander through starting in the basement with a glimpse of the shipboard journey to Australia. Following the millennium dragon along its length from the basement along its 26 metre length is a novel way to get an idea of how big it is - great display and... More 

Thank Lorna F
Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2016

Generally the Museum is presented very well, the special exhibits are good It tells, sometimes, an moving account of Asian involvement in Victoria Even today, when you travel around Melbourne, the Asian influence can be seen Go, at least once

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2016

This Museum is in Chinatown. It is very interesting. The Chinese have been in Australia at least since the Gold-rushes in the 1850s. It's often been a hard row to hoe, but the Chinese have prospered all the same. The Chinese have retained many of their traditions and values, as this Museum shows..

Thank Jeffry B
Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2016 via mobile

I have visited other immigration museums overseas but I was quite fascinated by this museum. It's relatively low key and I only know about it because I stumbled upon It through trip advisor. I found it informative and it explains well the history of immigration from China. Something you may read from books but not know a lot of. Here... More 

Thank Darren C
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2016

A great way to experience the Chinese culture's influence in Australia. Great learning experience for those who did not know Chinese served in WW1 and there were Chinese ANZACs. Also a great way to share Chinese people's experience during the Gold Rush and immigration to Australia. Highly recommend it to everyone.

Thank Natasha Y
Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2016

Definitely one of the better museums to bring kids along to, interesting and informative. On the small side but definitely but not a boring museum. In the basement, is a lovely interactive section walking through the gold mine and sailing ship, a highlight for kids, and re-created well. The Chinese temple on this level was very interesting too, and so... More 

Thank Karen Y

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Locals know that Chinatown is the tried and true place to eat before hitting the nightclub scene. The place simply buzzes, and the well-preserved buildings exude a sense of Imperial China stemming from immigration over a century ago. In restaurant after restaurant on Little Bourke Street, you'll find delicious dishes such as sizzling honeyed prawns, and value for your money. Stately matrons oversee family kitchens serving up age-old recipes. The lighting may be unromantic, the patrons loud, and the service no-nonsense, but the food is sensational.