Distant Worlds: Shanghai and Hong Kong in the 1930sWàipó 外婆Zheng He’s Treasure HuntHan Dynasty: Life Everlasting
Distant Worlds: Shanghai and Hong Kong in the 1930s
Wàipó 外婆
Zheng He’s Treasure Hunt
Han Dynasty: Life Everlasting






30 June Exhibition Open Day | Grandmother and Grandchildren

Location: Chinese Museum



Free entry to the Chinese Museum for grandmothers, grandchildren, and their families. Come and share your family stories, recipes, photographs or heirlooms, and have them filmed for the Museum’s permanent archive. In our all-day children’s workshop, Chinese Museum staff will guide children to write, draw, and share their favourite things about their grandmothers. No booking required.

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Until 16 Aug | Wàipó 外婆 Grandmothers

Location: Chinese Museum


This Exhibition chronicles the traditions and changing roles of grandmothers in China and in Australia through specially commissioned artworks by Nicholas Chin, Emilia Johari, Yinghong Li, Tammy Wong Hulbert, Judy Leong and Xiao Yu Bai. It explores how these artists’ individual histories and intimate relationships were impacted after they or their family immigrated, and the traditional roles and different cultural influences from China to Malaysia and Australia.

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Until 16 Aug | Distant Worlds

Location: Chinese Museum


Distant Worlds: Shanghai and Hong Kong in the 1930s exhibits Henry ‘Harry’ Curtis’s photographs for the first time since they were taken over eighty years ago in Shanghai and Hong Kong.  Though he was an amateur photographer, Harry’s images’ bring vividly to life the people and the places he explored as a young man. Through the camera lens, we share his early adventures and are transported to a past time and Distant Worlds.

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25 Jul - 26 Aug | Wearing Your Heart on Your Sleeve

Location: Deakin University, 221 Burwood Highway Burwood VIC 3125


A journey about personal and shared cultural identity reflected through the garments Chinese Australians have worn over the past 200 years in Australia. A transition from traditional dress through to the adoption of a new identity as contemporary Chinese Australians.
The exhibition has been created in partnership between the Chinese Museum and Deakin University.

26 August | CAFHOV Family History Event

Location: Level 3 Education Room, Chinese Museum, 22 Cohen Place, Melbourne.


Chinese Family Historians of Victoria (CAFHOV), supported by the Museum of Chinese Australian History (Chinese Museum) are hosting a Chinese Australian Family History event. CAFHOV members will share personal journeys of discovery and describe rich narratives about their ancestors and families with Rosalie Hiah will talk about her family research on the Kwong Sue Duk family. Other members will be on hand to answer questions during the breaks and to share Chinese family research tips.


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16 Sep | ONE IN A MILLION - Celebrating 200 years of Chinese Australians

Location: Springvale Botanical Cemetery, 600 Princes Hwy, Springvale VIC 3171


Multicultural Melbourne's essential Chinese character owes much to community leaders dedicated to maintaining Chinese culture. For this reason, the life and times of David Neng Hwan Wang (1920 - 1978), Melbourne's first Chinese-born councillor, highly respected entrepreneur, and community bridge-builder, will be honoured at a special occasion to be held on 16 September 201...

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The Chinese Museum is located in Melbourne's Chinatown – 22 Cohen Place, between Little Bourke and Lonsdale Streets, behind Her Majesty's Theatre. We are accessible by public transport. Our nearest train station is Parliament Station.


Daily 10am -4pm

Closed Public Holidays: New Year's Day, Australia Day, Labour Day, Easter (Fri 20 April- Mon 2 April), ANZAC Day, Queen's Birthday, Friday before the AFL Grand Final, Melbourne Cup, Christmas Day, Boxing Day.


Tel: (03) 9662 2888

Email: info@chinesemuseum.com.au