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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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Well worth a visit - i found it extememly fascinating to see some of the history of my city. The kids enjoyed it too.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Well worth a visit - i found it extememly fascinating to see some of the history of my city. The kids enjoyed it too.

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Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Very informative, but only had one hour till closing time, you really need at least 2 hours to take it all in. I love the old building it is home to, especially the grand room which houses the ship display with recreated rooms, and its beautiful columns, huge windows, and beautiful floor. The old immigration policy's stunned me. Go see... More 

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Charlestown, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Fantastic museum; beautiful building. So inspiring, fabulous displays full of interesting information, graphics, photos, personal stories, anecdotes etc. Very reasonable entry fee. Must see.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The early settlers and new immigration history very well set out and very interactive. There are many exhibits that show the hardships encountered by the early English women. European Wall outside in courtyard of value to see if there is a relative listed

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

such an important museum, as, except for the original caretakers of the land, we are ALL immigrants!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Decided to visit here as it was on the to do list. Made time to wander through read everything and just enjoy the information. So surprised and at some points found it confronting.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Lovely building. Helpful staff. Great children's book collection in the shop. If you want to spend a couple of hours learning about melbournes history, this is one of the places to go. Concession are free as are children to 16

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago 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 6 days ago 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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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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