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Immigration Museum

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Address: Corner of Flinders and William Streets | 400 Flinders Street, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
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+61 3 9927 2754
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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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Fascinating insights into persoanl stories of immigrants over the centuries.

The museum has excellent displays with a mix of the static and interactive. The time-line was interesting as was the essentially"unsanitized" coverage of the history of... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Trevor G
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Sydney, Australia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Having failed to visit the Immigration Museum when we were last in Australia four years ago, we finally made it....and were a little disappointed. The whole museum was dedicated to the white English attitude to other ethnic groups coming to Australia (and I am speaking as white English). It would have been interesting to see information about the Indigenous people's... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The museum has excellent displays with a mix of the static and interactive. The time-line was interesting as was the essentially"unsanitized" coverage of the history of immigration right up to the vexed questions we are currently faced with. Certainly overall the emphasis is on Victoria and Melbourne in particular but given the location this is hardly surprising! There is a... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I really love the museum, will be going back for sure. The staff told us 1,5 hours would be enough. But I love this topic, got really into it, read everything and got not even halfway. I will go back for sure to finish where I started.

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Ipswich, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

It was good to be able to see the history and progression of the immigration, lots of interesting information available.

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Norwich, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Very disappointed in this lacked information and was spread out over three floors which didn't make it easy to follow. Have b en to Ellis island and found this much better organised and laid out with a lot of information.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The immigration museum tells a broad story of the different experiences of immigrants from different places into Australia. It describes the laws and difficulties they lived with and how they changed over time. There are resources to investigate deeper as well. My wife's family came from the UK in the 1950's and we found that if you were looking for... More 

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Ottawa, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a museum more of ideas than of artifacts, contained in a beautiful historic building. It is great to be reminded that most nations, Australia included, are comprised of different peoples, having different origins and stories.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Was not sure whether I wanted to visit here or not. However I found the museum extremely interesting and informative. Well worth a visit.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

An interesting but small museum centrally located for a couple of hours visit looking into the history and build up ver the years of immigrants. Interesting but could definitely contain more information and interactive items.

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I found it interesting learning the why, how and when of the huge variety of people of different nationalities that make up Victoria and Australia. Both the good and bad aspects of our immigration history (and current policy) are covered. Plus there is a research centre with a large variety of books covering many cultures, and it is all within... More 

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