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Immigration Museum

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Central Business District
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Address: Corner of Flinders and William Streets | 400 Flinders Street, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
Phone Number:
+61 3 9927 2754
10:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 17:00

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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An Excellent Introduction to Melbourne's Immigrant History

I came across this museum on my first day visiting Melbourne and loved it. It really helped me get a grip on the city's more recent history. Very well laid out, a mix of personal... read more

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

I came across this museum on my first day visiting Melbourne and loved it. It really helped me get a grip on the city's more recent history. Very well laid out, a mix of personal stories and governmental policies. i should have liked to returned.

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Great museum on everything immigration related in Australia! Highly interactive exhibits, the best of what would be "the clipper exhibit" - an model of what the interior of the ships the immigrants arrived in!

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Very informative Australian history on Immigration. The building which used to be the Old Customs House has been beautifully restored. The exhibition " Pearling and Australia" which ended today, had beautiful and stunning exhibits of pearls and explored all aspects of pearling history. We spent about 2 hours there. It is only about 8 to 10 mins walk from Flinders... More 

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Geelong, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Spent the afternoon here with my husband...was good to be able to read and watch items without having our children around...I don't think it's a place to take kids, tweens and teens yes but not younger children as there's a lot of reading and would be quite boring for them. Great insight into australian history and enjoyed the educational experience.

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Weymouth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

I'm not great on museums, but given the history of Australia, this was one not to miss. There was only about an hour left before it closed for the day, but the museum is very thoughtfully presented, and an hour was enough to take in the timeline exhibit and come away with a better understanding.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

My wife and I spent the afternoon at this museum which cost about $14 each (from memory) to get into. Definitely worth it. A well presented picture of the current make up of the Victorian population and where it came from. Lots of interactive displays and videos and one could easily spend 3 hours there. We stayed for about two... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

When we entered we had no idea what we would be seeing. This museum gave us a very frank view of the history of Australia - both the good and the bad. It was laid out very well and each section kept our curiosity going. The 2 special exhibits were excellent as well (Luster - about the pearl divers and... More 

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Gives you a good idea of the diversity and multiculturalism of Australians. It could add more references because it explains more of the UK and Asian immigrants but not about the major impact of migrants from Europe.

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Reading, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We spent a fascinating morning here and learned a mot about the hisotry of immigration to Australia over the decades and different waves of immigrants. Free entry for over 60s was a bonus.

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

As Melbourne residents, we were looking for something to do one day and decided to head to the Immigration Museum. Fantastic storytelling and very interactive. Great for adults and teenagers alike. Definitely a must see for tourists and Australians alike.

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