Chinese New Year At The Chinese Museum


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! 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!