Museum Opening Hours 2018

Open: Daily 10 am to 4 pm

Closed on public holidays:

New Year’s Day Mon 1 Jan
Australia Day Fri 26 Jan
Labour Day Mon 12 Mar
Good Friday Fri 30 Mar
Saturday before Easter Sunday Sat 30 Mar
Easter Sunday Sun 1 Apr
Easter Monday Mon 2 Apr
ANZAC Day Wed 25 Apr
Queen’s Birthday Mon 11 Jun
Friday before the AFL Grand Final Fri 28 Sep
Melbourne Cup Tue 6 Nov
Christmas Day Tue 25 Dec
Boxing Day Wed 26 Dec



Exhibition Venue Hire: Q&A

The Chinese Museum has a continuous program of exhibitions in both the Level One Gallery and Level Two Contemporary Art Space. These spaces are available for hire by curators, artist groups, or individuals.

Before submitting your Expression of Interest, please read the following:

When are exhibitions selected?

Exhibitions are selected year round depending on the availability of space and duration of the hire. Generally, we will be looking at space availability for the coming year.

Who reviews the Expressions of Interest?

The curator and members of the Chinese Museum Board.

Assessment criteria

Quality of the work and relevance to the Chinese Museum mission to promote Chinese Australian and Chinese art and culture.

How much does it cost to hire these spaces and how large are they?

Level One Gallery  $2400 per week (5 days display, 2 days bump in/out)
Level Two Contemporary Art Space  $1200 per week (5 days display, 2 days bump in/out)

DOWNLOAD Exhibition Venue Hire Brochure.
*Price varies in regards to exhibition period. For more price information, please contact:

What do you provide as part of the venue hire?

We provide the gallery space suitable for hanging works on the walls or installations. If you require additional installation equipment (such as plinths, music, projector and screen) or assistance in event organisation (such as exhibition launch hospitality and promotion), a separate charge will be assessed.

The exhibition space also has demands to be used as a community space. So during a long term venue hire, when floor space permits, the gallery may be used at the same time for a function such as a seminar or cocktail party. This provides further opportunity to have your work exposed to a new audience. We ensure that your works do not have any undue risk.

What happens after I submit my Expression of Interest form?

Your proposal is reviewed and you will receive an email informing you of the outcome. If you are successful, you will be expected to sign an exhibitor’s contract.

What is the Required Information in hiring of the exhibition venue?

All applicants are required to fill in your Expression of Interest Form.

Other information required:

  • CV (no more than two A4 pages with an emphasis on exhibition history)
  • Visual materials: 12 x images in jpeg format, maximum 1mb per image; 5 minutes video (maximum length) digital video, hosted via Youtube or Vimeo, otherwise shared via Dropbox or Google Drive (100MB maximum file limit). Slides, catalogues, photographs, colour photocopies, or any other printed material are Not Accepted.
  • Image details and credits (no more than one A4 page)

To submit an application, please send to:


By post

Curator,Chinese Museum, 22 Cohen Pl, Melbourne VIC 3000

Yang Yan's Teeth Statement. Photo courtesy of Peter Zhou.


Membership Application Form

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.

Dragon Scale Order Form

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.