Chinese New Year 2017 at the Chinese Museum

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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.