Chinese New Year At The Chinese MuseumThe Museums Australia (Victoria) Award for Medium MuseumsHan Dynasty: Life Everlasting
Chinese New Year At The Chinese Museum
The Museums Australia (Victoria) Award for Medium Museums
Han Dynasty: Life Everlasting






Sunday 10 February 2019


Celebrate the Year of the Pig at Melbourne Chinatown’s Chinese New Year Festival.
DRAGON PARADE commences at the Chinese Museum at 11.45am
Travels up Little Bourke St, turns left along Exhibition St, turns left down Lonsdale Street, turns left to Elizabeth Street, turns left up Lt Bourke St, back to Chinese Museum by 12.45pm


MUSEUM OPENS WITH FREE ADMISSION after the Dragon returns. Open from 1.00pm to 5.00pm, sponsored by Central Equity


New Year Tea Tasting Ceremony & Tour of the Museum

Program includes demonstration of Tea Tasting Ceremony and Tour of the Museum.


Sat 2/02/2019 from 10.30am to 12.15pm
Sun 3/02/2019 from 10.30am to 12.15pm
Sat 9/02/2019 from 10.30am to 12.15pm

Program includes demonstration of Tea Tasting Ceremony and Tour of the Museum.
$17.00 per person. Children 5yrs and under free of charge. RACV members Free of Charge.
Bookings required: Phone 9662 2888

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Shanghai Week

15 February to 24 February 2019
Location: Chinese Museum
A celebration of culture, cuisine and history. Hear fascinating talks from Australian historians about Shanghai’s vibrant history and culture with a backdrop of our Impressions of Shanghai photographic exhibition.
Learn about Shanghainese etiquette whilst dining on Shanghainese cuisine plus enjoy Shanghai 1930’s Jazz and other cultural performances.

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Shanghai Swing
A night of 1930’s Shanghai Jazz at the Chinese Museum

Fri 22 Feb & Sat 23 Feb
7.30pm – 10.30pm

Step back in time when Shanghai was the “Paris of the East” and swing jazz emanated from the bars on the Bund. Spend the evening listening and dancing to classic jazz standards over canapes and wine, with a backdrop of a Shanghai Exhibition

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Shanghai Laneway Games

Tue 15, 22 Jan 11am   |  Sat 16, 23 Feb 2pm 
Thur 17, 24 Jan 11am |  Sun 24 Feb 2pm


Children 5 years old and under free of charge.
$5 per person plus admission to museum


Location: Chinese Museum


Find out how kids used to spend their holidays before the internet, video games, even before TV was invented! Learn fun, long-forgotten street games in the Chinese Museum - Melbourne’s coolest laneway museum. In this 45-minute workshops you will learn a variety of engaging street games including jianzi (Chinese shuttlecock), hoop-and-stick games and knucklebones, plus hear about the fascinating city of Shanghai.


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Adult $11
Concession/Child $9
Family $26 (2 Adult + 3 Children)*Guided tours available, bookings essential

For adults: What’s On / Public Programs / Guided Tours
For students: Education / Excursions /


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