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“Valuable presentation”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Immigration Museum

Immigration Museum
Ranked #27 of 396 things to do in Melbourne
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: 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).
Melbourne, Australia
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“Valuable presentation”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 1, 2012

The seniors discount is generous and rendered our visit great value for money but our 'younger" interstate visitors, who paid full price, agreed that it was an interesting and informative couple of hours well spent. The rooms are well presented with a wonderful variety of historical information, much of it on a personal level, which portrays the experiences of migrants of all ages, backgrounds and nationalities. Their stories include insights into their countries of origin, their journeys and their lives in Australia, some to the present day. The mementoes and artefacts are complemented by recorded video interviews and documentaries and one couldn't help but be moved by some renditions of their personal experiences. One visit probably doesn't do it justice. Allow two to three hours.

Visited March 2012
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“Very interesting visit”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 1, 2012

An excellent history of the immigration into Australia and Melbourne with lots of individual stories, and audio visual presentations. We comfortably spent about 3 hours in there and for seniors it's free!

Visited November 2012
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“Worthwhile visit”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 1, 2012

This is a very interesting place to visit as you are shown the history of Australia and it's immigrants. Display are nicely presented and easy to do on the self-guided tour. The building is beautiful. Well worth visiting for the small fee they charge.

Visited September 2012
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Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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“Great resource for teachers”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 25, 2012

Great place to take students for an excursion. I am a history teacher and see many possibilities for school trips at this museum

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“Lots to see”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 19, 2012

Sometimes when visiting museums you can be overloaded with information, boards to be read that just wear you out. I didn't find this to be the case at the Immigration museum however with the right balance of audio / visual vs text. Fascinating just how young Australia really is and how the country as we know it came to be.

We particularly enjoyed the full size model of a typical ship and how people would have traveled to Australia via clipper. Also very interesting is the aud / vid of how an immigration interview was / is conducted.

Visited October 2012
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