Chinese New Year At The Chinese Museum

CHINESE NEW YEAR

Sunday 10 February 2019

Location: CHINESE MUSEUM

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! The Realms of Heaven and Earth

Jade burial objects from the Neolithic period to the Han Dynasty.
From the Hank Ebes Collection. Sponsored by Southern Metropolitan Cemeteries Trust.


 


Han Dynasty Life Everlasting Exhibition

The Han dynasty (206 BCE-220 CE) founded the Eastern civilisation in China through a period of cultural and technological development, economic wealth and territorial expansion. This exhibition showcases this significant period of Chinese history through the Han dynasty’s remarkable people, progressive ideas, and great innovations.


Finding Gold

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.


Dragon Gallery

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.


Great New Year Gifts

Many cute new year cute new year PIG gifts are available at the Museum’s gift shop on the ground floor!


The Museums Australia (Victoria) Award for Medium Museums

Photo: Simon Fox, Deakin University.

Download full media release here.

The 2018 Victorian Museum Awards were presented on Wednesday 29 August at Melbourne Museum by Museums Australia (Victoria) – www.mavic.asn.au – the peak body for 1,000+ museums and collecting organisations. The night was hosted by Jacinta Parsons, ABC Radio and featured a special address by Frank McGuire MP, Parliamentary Secretary for Medical Research and Member for Broadmeadows

Multicultural Museums Victoria has received The Museums Australia (Victoria) Award for Medium Museums (8-50 Paid Staff) for their excellent ‘Grandmothers’ Project. The Grandmothers exhibition project was developed as the inaugural project for the newly formed Multicultural Museums Victoria (MMV). Over a period of eight months curators and staff from the five museums collaborated on programs and approaches to each of the Grandmother exhibitions that included shared events across music, storytelling and a cook-off, that celebrated cultural differences and shared values.

Multicultural Museums Victoria is a unique cross-cultural alliance between the Chinese Museum, Co.As.It Italian Historical Society & Museo Italiano, Hellenic Museum, Islamic Museum of Australia and the Jewish Museum of Australia. The alliance has increased the five museum’s visibility and audiences and has demonstrated the capacity of the different ethno-specific museums to work together creatively to achieve shared goals. The MMV partnership demonstrates the role that contemporary museums play in progressing important dialogue around recognition and respect for cultural diversity.

JUDGES’ COMMENTS

The Judges admired the complex collaboration between the five museums that comprise Multicultural Museums Victoria and the range of artforms that were incorporated in the Grandmothers exhibition across all five sites. “This project is greater than the sum of its parts, in sharing their resources and their stories, Multicultural Museums Victoria have created something unique.”

QUOTE FROM MINISTER FOR CREATIVE INDUSTRIES, MARTIN FOLEY

Martin Foley, Minister for Creative Industries, congratulated the Award winners: “From internationally renowned institutions to volunteer-run community organisations, Victoria is the proud home of one third of Australia’s museums and galleries. But it’s not just about numbers, it’s about impact. Our museums play a key role in strengthening our communities - by showcasing different perspectives, they foster understanding and connection and open us up to new ideas.”

“This year’s winners and nominated projects showcase the diversity of our museum sector and the extraordinary work that is undertaken each year. Congratulations to all nominees and thank you for the vital contribution you make to our creative state.”

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR’S COMMENTS

Laura Miles, Executive Director of Museums Australia (Victoria), said: “Congratulations to all the Award nominees this year for their amazing achievements to create vibrant, inventive and highly engaging museum and gallery experiences for all Victorians and visitors. Museums Australia is delighted to celebrate the work of the thousands of volunteers and staff who collectively maintain Victoria’s position as the cultural capital of Australia.”

MUSEUMS RECEIVING ACCREDITATION IN 2018

Frank McGuire MP, Parliamentary Secretary for Medical Research and Member for Broadmeadows, also presented certificates to four museums that had completed the gold-standard Museum Accreditation Program this year: the Friends of Westgarthtown: Ziebell’s Farmhouse, the National Wool Museum, the Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria, and the Warrnambool Art Gallery. FULL LIST OF 2018

VICTORIAN MUSEUM AWARDS WINNERS:

The Museums Australia (Victoria) Awards for Excellence

Christine Grayden, Phillip Island Nature Parks for Lifetime Achievement (Paid) Linda Peacock, Robert O’Hara Burke Museum, for involving people and communities (Paid) Tanja Johnston, Australian National Veterans Arts Museum, for involving people and communities (Volunteer)

The Archival Survival Award for Volunteer-Run Museums (up to 1 EFT paid staff)

Stanley Athenaeum, for their exhibition Hearts of Gold – Minds of Mettle exhibition

The Archival Survival Award for Small Museums (2-7 Paid Staff)

Duldig Studio, for their Reaching Out to Our Communities – expanding public programs at Duldig Studio

The Museums Australia (Victoria) Award for Medium Museums (8-50 Paid Staff)

Multicultural Museums Victoria for their collaborative ‘Grandmothers’ project

The Museums Australia (Victoria) Award for Large Museums (51+ Paid Staff)

ACMI (Australian Centre for the Moving Image) for their Wonderland exhibition

Victorian Collections Awards (x 3) for Excellence in Museum Cataloguing

Tatura Irrigation and Wartime Camps Museum Uniting Church Archives – Synod of Victoria Melbourne Legacy

Further information: http://www.mavic.asn.au/awards

Han Dynasty: Life Everlasting

People ‧ Ideas ‧ Innovation

While the power of Roman Empire was rising in the West, the Han dynasty (206 BCE-220 CE) founded the Eastern civilisation in China through a period of cultural and technological development, economic wealth and territorial expansion. This brand new exhibition showcases this significant period of Chinese history through the Han dynasty’s remarkable people, progressive ideas, and great innovations.

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People

The exhibition shares stories about people of the Han dynasty, such as the invention of the earliest odometer by a Chinese engineer and when the Han Emperor accidentally gave away one of ancient China’s Four Great Beauties to a tribal chief. Visitors will be introduced to Zhang Qian, the great explorer who founded the Silk Road, and will learn about Confucius’ enduring philosophy.

Han Dynasty Chinese Museum Horse with Rider

Ideas

Witness the establishment of Silk Road, the expansion of the Empire’s borders, and wonder at a world in miniature featuring pottery figurines and other objects from the superb private collection of Hank Ebes. Explore the Han Emperors’ approach to law and order, the notion of the Mandate of Heaven and the belief in life everlasting.

Innovation

The Han dynasty heralded the invention of the papermaking process, advanced metal-forging techniques and highly effective agricultural methods. The Han also invented the wheelbarrow, applied negative numbers to mathematical calculations, and created a device that detected earthquakes.

 

 

Images: Private collections of Hank Ebes