Chinese Immigration to Australia

Chinese Immigration in AustraliaLocated in the heart of Melbourne’s Chinatown, the Chinese Museum’s five floors showcase the heritage and culture of Australia’s Chinese community. Visit us to learn more about Chinese immigration to Australia.

The Chinatown Visitor Centre provides an orientation to Melbourne’s Chinatown, the oldest area of continuous Chinese settlement in the western world. Below ground, the Finding Gold exhibition replicates the experience of the Chinese in Australia’s 19th century goldfields. In the Dragon Gallery, three generations of Melbourne’s processional dragons are displayed, including the world’s largest processional dragon, the Millennium Dragon. The Gallery of Chinese Australians chronicles 200-years of Chinese immigration history to Australia, told through a variety of artefacts. Discover the story of recent Chinese immigrants from all parts of the Asia Pacific region since the 1950s at the Bridge of Memories. Learn more about Chinese history and culture in the Exploratorium, which provides a multi-media environment. View international and local exhibitions, cultural events and contemporary art shows in the Temporary Exhibition Gallery.

The Museum also offers a variety of guided tours, programs and workshops that are available for group bookings. Take your children on a treasure hunt through the Museum or learn about the rich history of Melbourne’s Chinatown on an audio Heritage Walk.


Our purpose is to operate a museum, to promote and preserve Chinese Culture and history; especially of Australian-Chinese history in Australia.