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Museum of Chinese Australian History Inc.

22 Cohen Pl, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
+61 3 9662 2888
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Only if you are interested in history

The museum is overall good maybe a bit small, more items would be great. Sometimes too much text to... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Sant Julia de Loria, Andorra
Fascinating and informative

It may be small and hidden away in a laneway off Chinatown, but the museum is definitely worth a... read more

Reviewed 12 May 2017
Christchurch, New Zealand
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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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  • Very good49%
  • Average9%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible0%
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22 Cohen Pl, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
+61 3 9662 2888
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The museum is overall good maybe a bit small, more items would be great. Sometimes too much text to read, but interesting, The best part is the top floor with all the old items and the last floor underground which is easier and more dynamic....More

Thank GemmukiKuki
Reviewed 12 May 2017

It may be small and hidden away in a laneway off Chinatown, but the museum is definitely worth a visit. it's more than just a collection of beautiful clothes and the longest dragon I've ever seen. it's full of timeless stories of the immigrants, their...More

Thank NZvoyager53
Reviewed 15 April 2017

I found Melbourne's Chinatown to be more interesting than any other city's and the museum was a gem hidden away in an alley. There was lots to see and learn and the lady at the desk was very welcoming.

Thank Judy K
Reviewed 20 March 2017

An excellent museum following the rich history of the Chinese not only to the Australian landscape from the goldfields and the long Walk from Robe to industry and commerce but also the Han Dynasty inventions such as Papermaking, the Wheelbarrow, Borehole drilling, Gimbals, Negative Numbers,...More

Thank TravellingMartins
Reviewed 29 January 2017 via mobile

Spent 2-3 hours in this place and learnt a lot about Chinese history in Australia as well as the Han Dynasty. Plenty of artefacts to view and it's structured very well. The museum is in a very old 4 story building and the curators are...More

Thank Sillypiggys
Reviewed 27 January 2017 via mobile

We were able to use the concession discount (over 65) so we saved a few dollars. The museum was educational and interesting. It was housed over 5 floors. There was an elevator available to go between floors. They have the largest ceremonial dragon on display...More

Thank Diane K
Reviewed 9 January 2017

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...More

Thank Vicki E
Reviewed 6 January 2017 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,...More

Thank AugustaBracknell
Reviewed 22 October 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...More

Thank justjans
Reviewed 19 October 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...More

Thank LyndaDSwenson
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
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