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“Very informative and fascinating”

Museum of Chinese Australian History Inc.
Ranked #82 of 396 things to do in Melbourne
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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.
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Activities for young children
maine
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133 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 115 helpful votes
“Very informative and fascinating”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 September 2011

We happened upon it while on a business trip to Melbourne. What a surprise to find such a gem in Chinatown, with a comprehensive history of the Chinese in Australia. The tour starts with a re-creation of what it was like to travel by sea to Australia, complete with a dark and rocking ship's cabin. Multiple floors continue the experience, showing how Chinese have contributed, settled, and integrated into Australia. I think this should certainly be among the top-10 attrractions in Melbourne.

Visited August 2011
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Adelaide, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
“Informative and Enjoyable”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 September 2011

Right from the start I was greeted by a friendly lady who let me know that a school group was due to come in soon so was best for me to get started straight away - fantastic! She also gave me advice on how to best enjoy the museum by taking a specific route and a handout also explained this. There are 5 levels (both stairs and elevator access) and each gave a differing aspect of being Chinese in Australia throughout the past 100 plus years. Information was presented in the written form, via television screens and through speakers (caters for all). I was amazed at the length of the Millenium Dragon and this was displayed to show just how long it really is.
Please go check this out - I found it not just informative but absolutely enjoyable too.

Visited September 2011
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Melbourne, Australia
2 reviews
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“It looks great after renovation”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 February 2011

I heard from some of my friends that the Museum has been renovated for a few months, so i didn't go until it reopen in August.
It looks great now, although I have never seen what it look like before.
The museum has 5 levels, the most interesting part is the lower ground floor, which is Find Gold exhibition. I have been different museums all over the country before, but this museum displays the history in an very impressive and interesting way, I mean, not boring at all.
The top floor is also good, so many collections to look at.
The good aspect with the Museum is that it demonstrates the Chinese community from different angels, across different centuries, not just 1800s, but even recent Chinese migrants.
I spent 2 hours in the museum. Overall, it is very worthy to go.

Visited December 2010
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Sydney
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“Small Museum in heart of chinatown”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2009

This is a review of visit at end of Jan 09.

The museum is situated in Chinatown. It has several floor with objects, displays and recreations of chinese history in Australia from early settlement to more recent times.

At the time of my visit, the museum is undergoing some major refurbishment. So a couple of floors were close - which was somewhat disappointing.

You start your visit from the basement floor, where there is a mechanised recreation of ship sailing from Asia to Australia. You then follow a route upwards along side a huge parade dragon tens of metres long. Only the uppermost floor is open while I was there. It has displays on more recent chinese life in Melbourne such as chinese businesses etc in the Melbourne area.

Has some interesting stuff. But some renovation looks long overdue. Disappointed that most of it is currently closed. Otherwise I think it's worth a visit if you are in the area.

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