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The Immigration Museum

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by Angie (subscribe)
Melbourne-based freelance writer & graphic designer.
Published June 16th 2009
Victoria’s diverse community is celebrated at the Immigration Museum where you can discover the stories and journeys of some of the 9 million people who have immigrated to Victoria from countries around the world.

Located on Flinders Street (a short 10 minute walk from Flinders Street station) the Museum occupies the restored Old Custom House which is worth a look for its elaborate 19th century architecture. Entry is $8 for adults, and free for concession holders and children.

The first floor is where the museum’s permanent exhibition is located and includes a giant walk-through replica of Victorian voyage ships throughout the centuries. Kids will love exploring the ship and the hands-on element of the exhibitions.

The second floor is home to the changing program and is currently showing an exhibition on the ancient Hindu kingdom of Hampi. The 3D panoramic room which allows you to immerse yourself in images of Hampi is particularly impressive. Another exhibition explores the hidden histories of Fiji with video and stories.

Once you’ve tired yourself out exploring the exhibitions you can return to the Ground Floor for a browse through the gift shop and refreshments at the Museum Café.

A walk through the Tribute Gardens outside the museum is also both relaxing and educational. Furthermore, you can uncover some of your own personal history at the Immigration Discovery Centre which allows you to search through immigration documents and research the past.
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Why? Explore and discover stories of immigration and culture.
When: 10am-5pm Daily
Where: 400 Flinders St
Cost: $8 for Adults, Free for Concession and Children
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