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.

Mission Statement

The Museum of Chinese Australian History Inc. (Chinese Museum) is a not-for-profit national institution that was established by the Chinese Australian Community in 1985. Its roles are to document, preserve, collect and research the history and culture of Chinese and their descendants in Australia and the history of the relationships formed between Australians and China. In doing so, the Museum endeavours to display and promote this history and culture along with a general appreciation of Chinese arts and culture to as wide an audience as possible in Australia and overseas.