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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
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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
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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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Small and interesting museum spread over five floors

Excellent displays are located on most levels of this museum with easy to read explanations of most exhibits. If you have about two hours to spare in your itinerary, this meseum... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Vicki E
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Brisbane, Australia
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Brisbane, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Excellent displays are located on most levels of this museum with easy to read explanations of most exhibits. If you have about two hours to spare in your itinerary, this meseum is worth considering. It is best to start your visit on the third floor where the "Gallery of Chinese Australia" is located. Numerous artefacts and textiles are on display... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The museum's top floor has a few small cabinets devoted to different aspects of the Chinese-migrant experience, mostly around the Gold-rush era and the early 20th Century. They are quite generic and will generally not surprise or inform most visitors. The most interesting display, however, regards the racism (institutional and casual) that Chinese migrants had to endure. Another floor is... More 

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Traralgon, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 22, 2016

Situated in Little Burke and Melbourne's China Town, the museum was excellent. The displays spread over 5 floors are interesting, well kept and have just enough written info not to send you cross eyed. I especially loved the Han Dynasty Exhibition and the Millennium Dragon who winds his way round and down to the basement with it's gold mining display.

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 19, 2016

The Chinese Museum is hard to find but worth the effort. It has .excellent displays of the introduction and impact of Chinese in Australia. There is a 200+ foot long dragon which needs 8 to 10 people to operate. The staff are excellent and gave a great rec for spicy Chinese - Sichuan House restaurant which is 2 blocks away.

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Sydney
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 17, 2016

I came to see one of the temporary exhibitions & ended up exploring the whole venue. After paying the entry fee I was given sheet outlining what was on each floor. Due to its small size compared to better known museums\galleries in Melbourne I wasn't expecting much. However their use of space & the quality of the exhibits on show... More 

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Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 16, 2016

This was a surprise. Spread over 5 floors this museum had many very informative displays, videos and artifacts from the Chinese Community of Melbourne. Well worth the visit.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 12, 2016 via mobile

Visited with the wife, as she is from chinese origin. The artifacts are rather poor. Had the impression that little effort was put in to obtaining the materials. But, when yr heritage is from China, it will give the you some indication how the Chinese developed in Australia. A meager 5 out of 10.

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Adelaide, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 2, 2016

My husband and I came across this museum while wandering around the streets of Melbourne. It is very well set up, well explained on the history of Chinese in Australia and the basement is a hidden little gem. Go visit.

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 27, 2016

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 bubbles Reviewed July 24, 2016

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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