Immigration Museum
Immigration Museum
4.5
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
Since 1998, Immigration Museum has been exploring and celebrating Victoria’s rich, multicultural heritage, with a proud record of sharing the stories and history that reflect our diverse community. As our state grows and changes, we are committed to evolving with it, to ensure the Museum remains relevant, connected and inclusive to all those who visit. Broaden your mind and celebrate the universal human spirit as you engage with themes of identity, connectedness, migration and community. Examine your place in our diverse culture by exploring Melbourne’s social history in all its truth and complexity, and learn about the communities we live in from multiple perspectives. Discover the ways we are all connected through a program of immersive exhibitions, dynamic collections, special events, educational programs and digital content. 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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Full of discovery and delight, Melbourne’s laneways tease the imagination long after you’ve put your weary feet up to rest. They weave through the heart of the city: cafes, bars, restaurants and boutiques, throbbing with conversation and espresso coffee. You never quite know what you’ll find around the next corner: cobblestone alleys, old beer barrel hoists and even vats of simmering organic soup. There is the air of Berlin in the street art, a touch of Paris in the umbrella-shaded cafes and, reminiscent of Rome, eateries tucked away in the most unlikely of places. Perhaps you might want a break and cross the Yarra River to Southbank - walk along the promenade, bask in the sun at a waterside bar and decide whether to go to the nearby casino or book a ticket at the Melbourne theatre company.
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  • MikeFo
    Brighton, United Kingdom1,073 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent informative
    Excellent presentation of Australia and it's immigration history from which I learned a lot. Also has lots of personal stories and perspectives which really bring it alive. Covers the dreadful impact immigration has had and continues to have on the indigenous peoples.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 28 October 2023
  • Jeffry b
    Essendon, Australia14,073 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We're all from somewhere else
    In Melbourne, everyone comes from somewhere else. Finding out about your origins is fascinating. The Immigration Museum was once the Customs House, and later the Commonwealth Parliament Office. Finding out about this Australian institution is fascinating..
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 22 November 2023
  • BelC0001
    Sydney, Australia636 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Really interesting museum regarding immigration into Australia, past and present
    Housed in the old Customs House on the banks of the Yarra River (well, separated from the river by Flinders Street train tracks and tram tracks and a road), this counts as a hidden gem as I'd never visited it before. The size of the building impresses upon the visitor how important immigration was to Australia, the rooms are full of very interesting historic artefacts and audio-visual records of immigrants past and present. The White Australia Policy (1901 to 1972 ) is carefully explained, as it did have an impact on immigration at the time.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 2 January 2024
  • Delta Golf
    23 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lovely concept
    A museum about immigration is such a lovely concept. So fitting to Australia, a country of immigrants. The displays really take you through the journey of immigration to Australia, starting with the first peoples of the land, early British settlers, through to the more diverse inflow of people that Australia has seen. The displays provide lots of in depth information about the history and dynamics of and of different aspects of immigration to Australia. It's a great place to learn about the country and I really enjoyed visiting.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 28 January 2024
  • Murty C
    Columbia, Maryland78 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A Rewarding Glimpse into Social History
    This is a lovely museum with nice displays and collections. I especially loved the Passports Room, where the walls are all covered with passports from the different originating countries of Australian immigrants. A nice trip down social history if you have an hour or two. It would have been nice if they could have displays of Polynesian immigrants but, alas, there are no written records. They do have recorded spoken tales and displays by aboriginal people.
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled solo
    Written 14 February 2024
  • Galiya2013
    Dunedin, New Zealand94 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great educational experience
    This was the second time I visited the museum - first time was about 10 years ago. I suggested to my family the visit. We all enjoyed interactive displays specifically with regards to changes of immigration policy in Australia and support to diversity and inclusion. The staff of the museum is very knowledgeable and friendly. Absolutely recommend visiting
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 1 March 2024
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Flyingdoc56
Derby, UK29 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Friendly welcome. Interesting building. It seems all about immigration policy over the years and we felt these presentations were jumbled. Little social history and almost no artefacts. Following migrants through their journey would have been fascinating.
Written 1 March 2024
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Galiya2013
Dunedin, New Zealand94 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
This was the second time I visited the museum - first time was about 10 years ago. I suggested to my family the visit. We all enjoyed interactive displays specifically with regards to changes of immigration policy in Australia and support to diversity and inclusion.
The staff of the museum is very knowledgeable and friendly.
Absolutely recommend visiting
Written 1 March 2024
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Murty C
Columbia, MD78 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Solo
This is a lovely museum with nice displays and collections. I especially loved the Passports Room, where the walls are all covered with passports from the different originating countries of Australian immigrants. A nice trip down social history if you have an hour or two. It would have been nice if they could have displays of Polynesian immigrants but, alas, there are no written records. They do have recorded spoken tales and displays by aboriginal people.
Written 14 February 2024
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Delta Golf
23 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Solo
A museum about immigration is such a lovely concept. So fitting to Australia, a country of immigrants. The displays really take you through the journey of immigration to Australia, starting with the first peoples of the land, early British settlers, through to the more diverse inflow of people that Australia has seen. The displays provide lots of in depth information about the history and dynamics of and of different aspects of immigration to Australia. It's a great place to learn about the country and I really enjoyed visiting.
Written 28 January 2024
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Ivano C
1 contribution
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Family
They definetly went into a lot of effort to improve matters, but sadly I found it a bit disappointing...

Sadly there seemed more on early immigration and recent ones but not too much about others and was also too focused on individual experience...

Also don't understand how they took away the little section where it showed people how the inside of an individual ship's cabin/bunk beds worked...

Sadly the collection felt a bit random and not easy to follow...
Written 5 January 2024
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BelC0001
Sydney, Australia636 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
Housed in the old Customs House on the banks of the Yarra River (well, separated from the river by Flinders Street train tracks and tram tracks and a road), this counts as a hidden gem as I'd never visited it before. The size of the building impresses upon the visitor how important immigration was to Australia, the rooms are full of very interesting historic artefacts and audio-visual records of immigrants past and present.
The White Australia Policy (1901 to 1972 ) is carefully explained, as it did have an impact on immigration at the time.
Written 3 January 2024
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Rosee P
Vallejo, CA5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
I wish we had a Museum like this in the US. Deep and thought provoking, it tells a story about ordinary people who give up what they know and love in order to have a better life.
You will find yourself in their stories.
Written 2 January 2024
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ajrenca
San Jose, CA69 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
June 2023 • Couples
My husband and I spent 1.5 hours at this museum which had interesting exhibits highlighting the historical history of the various groups and people that have immigrated to Australia and the reasons why they left their home countries. Australia is very much a melting pot similar to the USA.
Written 1 January 2024
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flo220
New York City, NY331 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
Interesting museum on immigration. Many of the exhibits are interactive. The exhibit where you pretend to be an immigration officer and decide who gets into the country was well done. On the "woke" side but worth a visit.
Written 7 December 2023
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Jeffry b
Essendon, Australia14,073 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Family
In Melbourne, everyone comes from somewhere else. Finding out about your origins is fascinating. The Immigration Museum was once the Customs House, and later the Commonwealth Parliament Office. Finding out about this Australian institution is fascinating..
Written 23 November 2023
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