Our permanent exhibitions spaces offer insight into Chinese and Chinese Australian culture.
Finding Gold replicates the experience of the Chinese in Australia’s 19th century goldfields. You can retrace the journey of Chinese gold seekers from Canton through a winding mine and an elaborate goldfields diorama. Afterwards you can consult your fortune in the temple of Guan Gong , be entertained by Cantonese opera, and see diggers double their winnings on the Chinese lottery.
The Melbourne Dai Loong Association’s Millennium Dragon winds its way from the ground floor to the lower ground . The Museum displays the last three processional Chinese Dragons which have paraded the city streets over the last century as part of Melbourne’s 100-year-old tradition celebrating the presence of Melbourne’s long-standing Chinese community.
Chinese History and Culture
This gallery showcases the Museum’s rich collection of Chinese textiles and artefacts to highlight the ongoing relationships which have existed between all Australians and Chinese culture. A highlight of the gallery is a Qing dynasty canopy with an Australian story.
The history and culture of the Chinese in Australia is presented in this gallery through objects from the Museum’s collection. The exhibition tells the stories of Chinese Australians from the first migrants in the 19th century and their descendants in Australia, to recent arrivals.