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Limited edition Dai Loong dragon scales


Your chance to own one of 500 framed dragon scales from the 100 metre-long Dai Loong dragon that was the centrepiece of the annual Chinese New Year Parade from 1979 — 2000.

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A part of the living history of Melbourne’s Chinatown, these original dragon scales were part of the 100 metre-long Dai Loong —the Big Dragon— that was the centrepiece of the annual Chinese New Year Parade from 1979 to 2000.

The awakening and parade of the Dragon is the most auspicious occasion in Chinese customs heralding Chinese New Year, as the Dragon is sighted flying to the heavens to bring forth spring rains for China’s once agrarian society. The Chinese community in Melbourne have expressed their culture through Dragon processions and parades through the streets of Melbourne since the 1830s.

Melbourne Dai Loong was the first processional dragon made in China since 1949 and became a symbol of the return of traditional culture to China after the Cultural Revolution. The dragon design and manufacture of Dragons in China was resurrected by the Chinese Community of Melbourne.

The custodian of the Dragon Parade in Chinatown since 1979 has been the Melbourne Dai Loong Association Inc. The Dragons of Melbourne are on display at the Chinese Museum.

Chinese New Year 2017 at the Chinese Museum


23 - 29 January*

Happy Chinese New Year 2017!

We're ushering in 2017's Year of the Rooster, so mark your calendars —lunar, Gregorian or otherwise— for a week of festive celebrations in both the Chinese Museum, as well as Melbourne's Chinatown precinct.

While the Chinese New Year day falls on Saturday 28 January this year, official Chinatown opening will be launched on Sunday 29 January. As is the tradition, the Millennium Dragon will emerge from its hibernation in the museum for its annual Dragon Parade through the streets of Melbourne. From 11.30am to 12.30pm.

From 1pm onward, after the return of the dragon, the Museum will open its doors to the public for FREE. Get in the queue for a host of activities and programs happening inside. See the Spring Festival-themed pedicab by Chinese artist Wen Jun, and exhibitions like 'Han Dynasty: Life Everlasting' and 'The Unruly Art of Leo Tien'; explore the history and culture of early Chinese Australians in our permanent exhibitions; collect unique souvenirs and dragon scales; participate with the kids in our 'Make a Children's Dragon Mural' program in our education space — and loads more!

*The Chinese Museum is closed on public holidays, including Australia Day on Thursday 26 January.

Find more activities in the Chinatown precinct here. Proudly sponsored by Central Equity and RACV. RACV members can enjoy exclusive offers and deals at the Chinese Museum during the Chinese New Year week — including free admission.

Come join Chinese Museum 30th Anniversary Dinner

Friday 6 November 2015

Our Museum is turning 30 this year! To celebrate the Museum’s 30th birthday, we will be hosting our 30th Anniversary Dinner at 7pm on Friday 6th November 2015, at the Happy Receptions, 201 Union Road, Ascot Vale. Dress is lounge suit.

Please join us in celebrating the Chinese Museum’s achievement by providing an RSVP by Monday 26th October to the Museum’s Communications Coordinator Joan Chuang by download and fill in the form then return it to

Invitation Form

Support our Collectors’ 30th Anniversary Publication

Submit form by Sunday 30 September 2015

Our Museum is turning 30 this year! To celebrate the Museum’s cultural and community milestones during our 30-year history, we will be producing a Collectors’ 30th Anniversary Publication.

The content will include insights into Chinese Australian History since the 1850s, but also significant references to the Chinese Community in today’s Australian society. This prestigious 120 page A4 magazine will be launched at the Museum’s 30th Anniversary Celebration Dinner. It will be distributed within Australia and internationally including China and South East Asia.

Support us by becoming a Friend of the Museum with opportunities to list personal or organisational details or engage in advertising within the publication. Please download and fill in the form then return it to