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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
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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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Fabulous Immigration insight into our history.

What a fantastic insight into our immigration and the people who have gone on to help shape the wonderful country Ausralia. Wow you could spend hours here wandering through, and... read more

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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed yesterday NEW

What a fantastic insight into our immigration and the people who have gone on to help shape the wonderful country Ausralia. Wow you could spend hours here wandering through, and explore who, where, when & how the many immigrants arrived to settle in our free country.

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Reviewed yesterday NEW

I had such an enjoyable visit at the museum. The exhibits were so well laid out through their use of engagement, space and varied presentation styles. The experience was very personal and engaging. This was actually the first time I have cried at a museum- the detention centre exhibit that highlighted depression and suicide was very impactful. Also a plus,... More 

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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

It is very informative and interesting. You need at least a couple of hours to fully appreciate the displays. Well worth a visit.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

A very vivid presentation of Australia's immigrant background, including the very old days when applications for immigration were rigged unfairly in the direction off English speakers. But Australia has many non-English immigrants and that is covered with synthetic detail as well. Worth a stop-in. Australia, like the US, is a nation of immigrants and it is worth the time to... More 

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Reviewed 1 week ago

I came to Melbourne after a friend said this is a must to see. This is a highly informative and empathetic history of immigration in Australia. We were invited many times to walk in the shoes of an immigrant. Since we are a nation of immigrants there is something here for everyone. I liked the spaciousness coupled with interesting nooks... More 

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Reviewed 1 week ago

The most interesting museum with the history of Australia, could have spent a lot more time here. Good presentations

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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We went here because we are both immigrants, we found it fascinating and were relieved we have a much better trip than some of the earlier immigrants ha ha

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We went here while visiting some relatives who emigrated to Australia nearly 50 years ago, rather surprisingly that hadn't visit here before. This is a must for those that have now made Australia their home but is also fascinating for visitors to see and follow the stories of those that did move here. Seeing how the early settlers traveled and... More 

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Incredibly interesting for all Australians and all age groups. Keeps young children engaged and content was both educational and really relevant to today's society

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was a surprise delight. Such a well presented museum about the immigrants from all over the world who have contributed to making Melbourne such a diverse multi cultural city. Interesting and informative. The guides are friendly and helpful with information and knowledge. However it is very popular with school groups so go early in the day or mid afternoon.... More 

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