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The Immigration Museum: The Mahatma Gandhi Exhibition and British Migrants: Instant Australians? Exhibition

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by JP Kyle (subscribe)
I'm a freelance writer living in Bacchus Marsh, Victoria, Australia. I have a blog on Tumblr where I write articles and review books
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As of writing this article, there are two major exhibitions on display at The Immigration Museum, the first exhibition is the Mahatma Gandhi exhibition and the "British Migrants: Instant Australians?" exhibition.

Target Audience:
Through my observations of the exhibitions, I noticed that The Immigration Museum caters mostly to primary school children and families. The exhibitions are simple, with clean easily readable displays. The only drawback to this is that the exhibitions are perhaps a little shallow with regards to information.

The Mahatma Gandhi exhibition
The photography on display is lovely and discusses the different stages of Gandhi's life. The display is mostly walking around in a circle and reading large captions that accompany the pictures. The pathway around the displayed photos is relatively wide, so it should be able to accommodate a wheelchair, a walking frame, a pram or a stroller perfectly fine. Children who can read shouldn't have any problems with this display. It's a good starting point for children who want to learn the basics of Mahatma Gandhi.

For children who want to know more, I would also recommend Crash Course World History: India. Mahatma Gandhi is featured in a few of these episodes.

British Migrants: Instant Australians?
This display is located on the second level of the museum, however, all exhibition galleries have lift access. The lighting is a little dimmer than I would have personally preferred, however, the display areas with text are lit back backing-lights.

There were a large collection of vertical panels with detailed stories and photographs of British citizens who have immigrated to Australia. These stories were captivating but would most likely be more suitable for children in the grade 5 and 6 age range.
There's also a large table of tea paraphernalia (tea-pots, cups, and saucers) that had statistics about British immigrants printed on them.

Near the end of the British Migrants exhibition, there's a Contemporary Multiculturism Exhibition. This exhibition is interactive and children are encouraged to explore the area.
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Why? To Entertain and Educate Children
When: Daily: 10:00 05:00
Phone: 13 11 02
Where: 400 Flinders Street, Melbourne, Victoria, 3000
Cost: Adult Ticket = $15.00
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