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Immigration Museum, Melbourne

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Visit the Immigration Museum to understand the history of one of the world's most diverse cities and countries. In the architecturally significant Old Customs House, learn about how immigrants have arrived in Melbourne and Australia from all around the world. Read the general history, discover the various immigrant communities that exist around the country, and listen to personal stories of arrival and integration into Australian society. To visit Immigration Museum on your trip to Melbourne, use our Melbourne online trip itinerary planner.
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  • $15 entry fee which led to two floors; first floor quite interesting facts of the history of immigration to Australia but second floor about ‘our stories’ a bit boring and woke. Not sure what lying... 
    $15 entry fee which led to two floors; first floor quite interesting facts of the history of immigration to Australia but second floor about ‘our stories’ a bit boring and woke. Not sure what lying...  more »
  • Years ago I funded a Family Plate for the wall in the tribute garden and went to see the museum at my earliest opportunity. I enjoyed seeing all the early photos of ports, ships and families arriving....  more
    Years ago I funded a Family Plate for the wall in the tribute garden and went to see the museum at my earliest opportunity. I enjoyed seeing all the early photos of ports, ships and families arriving....  more »
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  • I thought it was pretty interesting. Hadn't visited it for nearly 20 years, and I can say that it has changed dramatically since then. It is much more interactive than it used to be, with touch screens and numerous video screens displaying migrant stories and other historical events. I would suggest that if you want to take most of it in, you need to give yourself a good two hours. Most of it is located on the first and second floors. The ground floor has a lounge / library type area where you can have a seat and read the various books they have there. Just my opinion, but I don't think the museum is really that interesting of a place for kids - it's a bit more adult oriented. I'm glad this museum is in the process of changing certain exhibits though, especially language that relates to our First Nations peoples. Some of the racist language and policies of the past really shocked and appalled me actually. I get that it needs to be remembered, but I did find it a bit confronting in parts. I didn't take many photos, but have attached a few to show the amazing architecture inside.
  • Significant part of the museum is dedicated to The White Australia policy and how racist the country was in the early days. Which is fine, it's part of our history, but it's not balanced enough. We have had plenty of success stories with migrants from all over the world. Show more of this... Celebrate how the migrants have improved the country and how diverse the population is now. The main hall is empty, although it makes for a cool photo... Opportunity to have displays and other pieces would be a better use of the hall.

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