Golden Dragon Museum

Golden Dragon Museum, Bendigo: Hours, Address, Golden Dragon Museum Reviews: 4.5/5

Golden Dragon Museum
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9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
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9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
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9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
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9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
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David L
Melbourne, Australia44 contributions
Couples
The Golden Dragon Museum of Chinese history and culture in Bendigo and its associated Yi Yuan Gardens and Guan Yin Temple.
$12 adult, $10 concession and thoroughly worthwhile with not just photographs of some of the first and second generation of Chinese in Australia but a room with the longest Chinese ceremonial dragon in the world – Dai Gum Loong - and other rooms with amazing Chinese artifacts including a life-size carved jade wagon.
It took the best part of an hour to view the museum and then the gardens with their delightful oasis of trees and ornamental lake with goldfish (carp) and then the Buddhist Temple.
Very much worth the visit.
Written January 12, 2022
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Shaun D
Newcastle, Australia326 contributions
Bendigo is a small place so don't expect a huge museum. Having said that, for the price it's excellent and the museum offers enough to give you a feel for how the Chinese contributed to the gold rush in the 1800's and to the wider area. I enjoyed the different exhibits and having a read of the blurbs which give you the history. The staff are helpful and there's also the Chinese Gardens which are beautiful and relaxing. Certainly worth visiting to get some history of the Chinese contribution to Bendigo.
Written January 5, 2022
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Traveller
Melbourne, Australia11,607 contributions
My wife and I visited this place during our recent holiday in Bendigo. We walked here from The Quest Central Apartments where we stayed for 2 nights.

This museum opened in 1991, followed by the Yi Yuan Gardens next to it, in 1996. The Guan Yin Temple at the far corner opened in November 1996. In 2010, the Dai Gum San (in Chinese, this translates to Big Golden Mountain) forecourt was completed.

This cluster of attractions became a major tourist attraction in Bendigo. We were impressed by some of the artifacts in the Museum's collection, especially the Jade Carriage, Loong (meaning Dragon), the world's oldest Imperial Dragon and Dai Gum Loong, the world's longest Imperial Dragon.
Written April 16, 2022
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CosmoBates
Colac, Australia171 contributions
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I initially went in here to fill in time until the hotel was ready, however I actually really enjoyed the experience.
There is alot to look at and alot to read.
Being in Bendigo alot of it was about the Chinese during the gold rush times.
Plenty to take photos of (without the flash).
The Gardens that's associated with the museum were nice and cool on a 34 degree day.
They had some fish swimming around in the water.
Takes about 20-30 minutes to work your way through the museum and I were only in the small gardens for about 5 minutes.
I learnt alot that I didn't know previously and recommend if you have spare time.
Written January 9, 2021
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Bomoh
Mount Gambier, Australia714 contributions
Couples
Far more exhibits than I expected. Good historical records and value for money.
Visit somewhat spoiled by screaming children not controlled by parents.
Museum staff should have intervened to restore calm as it spoiled all other visitors' experience.
Written March 23, 2021
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Michelle C
Geelong, Australia284 contributions
Couples
It was initially a time filler for us but we were so wrong. The place had so many interesting facts. Lots to learn about the chinese in Bendigo's history. The garden is also so beautiful. Autumn leaves on the trees among the evergreen bamboo is so beautiful. Worth a visit.
Written May 18, 2022
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Phoebesmum10
Traralgon, Australia166 contributions
On arriving we found that there were renovations being done so thought it would not be that good. How wrong were we. We spent a great 2 and half hours wandering around looking at the exhibits. Amazing place. Well worth visiting.
Written August 2, 2022
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Jeffry b
Essendon, Australia10,985 contributions
There have been Chinese people in Australia for centuries. but they arrived in numbers following the Great Australian Gold Rush in 1851. The Golden Dragon Museum records the history of the Chinese people in central Victoria from the 1850s to the present. The Golden Dragon is a record of Chinese culture and the experience of the Chinese in Australia, The research centre contains immigration records, family trees and cemetery records. The archival records hold over 11,000 newspaper articles. The Tea Room and Gift Shop are worth a visit.
Written June 13, 2021
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David D
Perth, UK140 contributions
Our friends who we stayed with on our visit from Scotland took us here and as we approached the entrance I didnt think I would be impressed but once inside we could have spent several hours looking at the wide and fascinating exhibits on display which you can get very close to, such as the huge carnival dragons with their intricate and clever construction. There is so much to see here I was amazed at how much knowledge could be gained about chinese culture and the history of their introduction and early activities on the continent, some of it harrowing. The gardens are described as "the largest chinese garden of its size" either an oxymoron or a bit of Confucious! Whatever they were delightful and a lot of work must go into their maintenance. Once back out side we inadvertently entered the nearby park which had a broken tape and a discarded sign which said it was closed due to hygene issues from the masses of fruit bats/flying foxes hanging in the branches of the nearby trees. Maybe that's where I picked up a nasty chest infection which I have still not thrown completely off after several weeks..no not the C virus. I love the look of these creatures but in large numbers the smell is powerful. Best spend longer in this lovely garden and give the bats a wide berth.
Written March 6, 2020
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Jeffry b
Essendon, Australia10,985 contributions
The Golden Dragon Museum explains the history of the Chinese in Australia, in particular the Bendigo region. The first Chinese arrived in Bendigo in the 1850s, lured by the Great Australian Gold Rush. The Museum has a number of interesting features, including a Chinese garden and the processional dragon Loong. Loong means dragon in Chinese. Also of interest is the temple dedicated to Kuan Yin, the Buddhist goddess of mercy. The Golden Dragon is a living museum, local guides can assist in putting the exhibits in context. Chinese New Years Day is February 12, 2021. The coming Lunar New Year is the Year of the Ox. Oxen are hard-working, intelligent beasts, so we can hope for an auspicious year. The museum is interesting, it's well worth a tour.
Written January 20, 2021
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