Museum News


  • ONE IN A MILLION – Celebrating 200 years of Chinese Australians Springvale Botanical Cemetery

    Sunday 16 SEPTEMBER | 2:00PM Event Location: Lotus Garden, Avenue of Roses Springvale Botanical Cemetery 600 Princess Highway, Springvale 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 […]

  • Commemorative Medallion from Sunnybank RSL

    On Thursday, 26 July 2018, the Chinese Museum was honored to receive a medallion from Queenland’s Sunnybank RSL in recognition of our efforts to recognise the service and sacrifice of Australian’s of Chinese Heritage in the Defence of Australia since Federation. Our Chairman, Mr Bill Au, was on hand at the Museum to receive the medallion from Sunnybank RSL Liason […]

  • Sunday 26 August 2018 | CAFHOV Family History Event

    Chinese Family Historians of Victoria (CAFHOV), supported by the Museum of Chinese Australian History (Chinese Museum) are hosting a Chinese Australian Family History event on Sunday 26 August 2018 at the Chinese Museum, 22 Cohen Place, Melbourne. CAFHOV members will share personal journeys of discovery and describe rich narratives about their ancestors and families with Rosalie Hiah will talk about […]

  • Exhibition Program

    30 JUNEStories My Grandmother Didn’t Tell Me | Heart-to-Heart Talk with GrandmothersWhen: Thursday … [Read More…]6 MAYExhibition Launch Invitation | Grandmothers: Seen through the Eyes of Six Contemporary Chinese Australian ArtistsAs was often the … [Read More…]30 JUNEExhibition Open Day | Grandmother and Grandchildren: Special Wàipó for Special GrandchildrenSAVE THE DATE! When: … [Read More…]31 MAYConversations | Artist and Curator Talks: […]

  • Conversations | Artist and Curator Talks: Wàipó, the light of my childhood

    An opportunity to meet the creators of the Grandmother exhibition and gain insight into the creative process behind the installations. SPEAKERS:  Joyce Agee, Nicholas Chin, Tammy Wong Hulbert, Emilia Johari, Yinghong Li, Xiao Yu Bai WHEN: Thursday, 31 May, 6pm-8pm COST: Free | includes light refreshments BOOKINGS: RSVP via this link   Come and hear more about Chinese Museum’s Grandmother […]

  • Exhibition Launch Invitation | Grandmothers: Seen through the Eyes of Six Contemporary Chinese Australian Artists

    As was often the case in Chinese culture, grandmothers were often caretakers for their grandchildren while the parents went out to work. They were industrious and told stories, cooked meal and sewed clothes. Their emotional handiwork has left an indelible stamp on their grandchildren.In conjunction with our Multicultural Museum Victoria (MMV) members, the Chinese Museum invites you to embark on a complex and […]

  • Chinese New Year 2018 at the Chinese Museum

    Happy Chinese New Year 2018! Mark your calendar -The Chinese Museum will be awash with activities on Sunday 18 February. As is the tradition, the Millennium Dragon will emerge from its hibernation in the museum for its annual Dragon Parade prancing around the city streets in all his glory from 11.30 am to 12.30 pm.  From 1:15 pm onward, after the return […]

  • Acknowledgement of the Copland Foundation

      We wish to acknowledge the generous support of The Copland Foundation for the purchase of the Specimen Note and display cabinet. Commercial Bank of Australia £1 Specimen Note c1880-1899 The Commercial Bank of Australia (CBA) was established in 1866. Prominent Chinese Australian merchants Louis Ah Mouy and Lowe Kong Meng were two of the largest founding shareholders. The Chinese […]


    Download Submission Form Here. Submit Online Exhibition Background The Chinese Museum is delighted to invite you or your organization to contribute and join in the celebration of 200 years of Chinese Australian history. In February 1818, Mak Sai Ying from Guangzhou arrived in Sydney as the first recorded Chinese settler in Australia. It was to be the start of a […]

  • RACV Members Chinese New Year Exclusive Offers

    RACV is helping us usher in the year of the Dog! On Sunday 18 February 2018, you can take in the colour and noise of Chinatown’s traditional Dragon Parade, sponsored by RACV. RACV members can enjoy a host of exclusive programs and benefits during Chinatown’s 2018 Chinese New Year festival period – including free entry to the Chinese Museum from the 10 to […]

  • Zheng He’s Treasure Hunt

    Next challenge? Chinese Museum’s Treasure Hunt is back! It’s the time of the year to kick this treasure hunt into gear. Warm up your engines and navigate your way through history with the Chinese Museum’s Children’s Treasure Hunt. Your guide is the famous Chinese navigator Zheng He, who lived during the time of the Ming Dynasty and explored new lands […]

  • The Chinese Museum Successfully Applied For Strategic Partnerships Program Funding

    We are extremely proud to be successfully offered funding by the Strategic Partnerships Program (2018-20). Over the next three years, we will use the funding to bring our Travelling Museum program to a few strategic regional areas in Victoria. The Chinese Museum has passed a highly competitive and multi-staged selection process, and finally becomes one of the significant cultural organisations that receive […]

  • Chinese Museum End-of-year Gathering

    THANK YOU FOR BEING SO AWESOME! All staff, casuals, volunteers, board members are cordially invited to an early end-of-year gathering to celebrate the year’s achievements and events and say a big thank you to everyone before we get too busy! With sincere appreciation forall of your hard work and dedication,the Chinese Museumcordially invites you to an early end-of-year gathering!  Please join us on 9 November 2017 (Thursday) 4 pm-6 […]

  • Exhibition Launch Invitation- Bringing Meaning: Landscapes By Zhou Xiaoping 《另一种呈现:周小平的绘画艺术》开幕仪式

    The Chairman, Mr Bill Au and the Board of the Chinese Museum cordially invite you to the opening of the exhibition. We are pleased to welcome back Zhou Xiaoping to the Chinese Museum for this exhibition. Zhou Xiaoping’s work speaks to the connections of Aboriginal rituals, customs, myths, and to the land where the physical world and the interior and spiritual […]

  • Invitation- Celebratory Launch of Chinese Australians 200 years邀请函:《澳洲华人200年百万则故事展》庆祝晚宴

    This is a very important year-long celebration that you can be part of!   2017 and 2018 is a very important time to recognise and uplift the Chinese Community through a year-long celebration created by the Chinese Museum acknowledging two major milestones in our history: In 1818, Mak Sai Ying arrived in Sydney, as the first known Chinese-born settler. In our […]

  • New Collection Item On Display

    What is this new collection item on display next to our front desk? Donated by Charles Zhang, this shirt was worn during and signed to commemorate the 160th Anniversary Walk from Robe to Melbourne.       In the 1850s-60s, Chinese arrivals had to pay a £10 per head poll tax to land in Victoria. To avoid this, many instead landed […]

  • Donors to Mabel Wang Memorial Fund 

    The museum would like to thank you for your strong support of the Mabel Wang Memorial Fund. Your generous donation will go a long way to helping us to establish a Chinese Museum Education Program teaching children about Chinese Dragons. Your support is vital to securing the museum’s role to preserve and promote Chinese culture and history. DONORS TO MABEL WANG MEMORIAL FUND Anita Ho […]

  • Mabel Wang Memorial Fund

    MABEL WANG MEMORIAL FUND   Mabel Wang (nee Chen), 22 July 1924 – 12 May 2017, passed away peacefully at Cabrini Hospital Malvern, Victoria. The Chen family has been an active family in Melbourne’s Chinatown since the 1930s in commerce, community and local politics. With her husband, Councillor David Wang, Mabel was a great contributor to the City of Melbourne […]

  • Sponsor Story: Central Equity

    The Chinese Museum would like to extend our sincere thanks to Central Equity, our longest serving corporate sponsor, for their generous support through the years. As a multi award winning industry leader in residential properties in Melbourne, this caring Company has actively sponsored a broad range of community organisations and groups over the years, including the Chinese Museum. Central Equity were also kind enough to generously participate in our latest activity by enthusiastically purchasing 4 limited edition Dai […]

  • Melbourne International Comedy Festival at the Chinese Museum

      April was an exceptional month for the Chinese Museum. We were proud to partner with the Melbourne International Comedy Festival this year, for the first time, as a key venue for 203 shows. We enthusiastically welcomed 8,000 people to enjoy comedy performances in the unique environment of the Museum. We also gave away free double passes on social media for […]

  • Bringing Meaning: Landscape paintings by Zhou Xiaoping

    Experience the unique collaboration between Chinese and Aboriginal arts. Explore the story behind it on our newest show, Bringing Meaning: Landscape paintings by Zhou Xiaoping, opening in early June.   We are thrilled to launch a brand new exhibition with acclaimed Chinese artist Zhou Xiaoping in early June. Zhou Xiaoping is a Melbourne-based artist, born and educated in China. Since 1988 he has […]

  • Chinese Anzacs Special Ticket Offer Extended

    Join us in remembering the Chinese Australians who served in World War I. Only until 25 June, we invite you to the Museum. SAVE *$11 : Bring a friend for free (two people for the price of one) Present this on your phone to our ticket desk to qualify. (* Save up to $11 based on full adult price, concessions save […]

  • The Chinese Museum’s 2016 holiday gift guide

    It’s that time of the year again! Good for you if you have all your gifts sorted already, you superhuman being — but for the rest of us currently experiencing a pre-holiday headache/total meltdown, the Chinese Museum hopes to help with some of our own nifty gift ideas. Good luck, and shop wisely!   Shao Qihua Paintings ($200) Ideal for: […]

  • ‘Outsider’ Artists: Leo Tien and Shao Qihua

    This summer, the Chinese Museum’s two exhibitions, ‘Modern Folk Art: Peasant Paintings by Shao Qihua’ and ‘The Unruly Art of Leo Tien’, will showcase the paintings of two artists who are not quite artists in the traditional sense. Though wildly different in style, the works of Shao Qihua and Leo Tien might be labelled ‘outsider art’ or ‘naive art’, due […]

  • Opening night: ‘Unbounded Space’

    Unbounded Space opened on Monday, the 14th of November. The museum was extremely excited to have curator He Fei-Yue and artist Wang Run-Yue on board for this temporary exhibition, not only for their unique brand of contemporary art, but also their expertise in the Chinese arts sector. Both He and Wang are from Shanghai’s celebrated M50 art district, often billed as Beijing 798’s […]

  • An intern’s illustrations of Melbourne’s Chinese-Australian community

    Back in July/August, the Chinese Museum was fortunate to have Dorrit and Kelly on board as marketing interns. The two students came here from Taiwan as part of a school program, and generously volunteered their time and skills at multiple Chinese-Australian organisations and associations, including the museum. Dorrit has since left Australia, but recently she sent over her own illustrations of […]

  • ‘蝕-nibble, erosion, eclipse’ is extended until 31 October

    We had a few programs on for the Melbourne Fringe Festival this year, but our Contemporary Gallery’s inaugural exhibition 蝕-nibble, erosion, eclipse undeniably stole the show. It not only opened to a sizeable crowd on its opening night, but also had a largely successful run throughout the festival. So much so that it was nominated for the Fringe Visual Art […]

  • Opening night: ‘蝕-nibble, erosion, eclipse’

    The museum’s new contemporary art gallery was officially launched on the 15th September, with the help of its inaugural show: 蝕-nibble, erosion, eclipse, helmed by  Zheng Tian-Shu, Chen I-Yen and Yang Yan, three early-career Chinese artists based in Melbourne. As part of the 2016 Melbourne Fringe, the exhibition drew in an unexpectedly big crowd on its opening night. For the past few months, the museum […]

  • Past Moon Festivals at the Chinese Museum

    It might not be as big as Chinese New Year – but it’s certainly no less vibrant. Yes, the Mid-Autumn Moon Festival is here again – the holiday you may associate with the full moon, lanterns and binge-eating mooncakes. While the festival began life as a harvest tradition, today it’s a family-oriented holiday that has everything to do with getting everyone together and eating celebrating. […]

  • Meet the artists behind ‘蝕-nibble, erosion, eclipse’

    While we’ve got a few things happening for the 2016 Melbourne Fringe Festival, the most exciting is perhaps 蝕-nibble, erosion, eclipse, a contemporary art exhibition that explores the complex nature of the Chinese character ‘蝕’ (Shi). It’s a symbol connoting loss or disappearance, usually used in relation to a moon eclipse. But it begs the question, do things ever really totally disappear? It’s something 蝕-nibble, […]

  • Moon myths, mooncakes and everything you should know about the Mid-Autumn Festival

    Our Melbourne Fringe programs, the Moon Festival Stories and Crafts Workshop and contemporary art show 蝕-nibble, erosion, eclipse, both concern themes related to the moon. In case you missed it: the Mid-Autumn Moon Festival falls on the 15th of September this year. It won’t be Autumn here in Australia, so you might be asking: what exactly is the ‘Mid-Autumn Festival’? Chances are, you’ll […]

  • Our New Favourites from the Museum Gift Shop

    The museum gift shop has had a bit of an overhaul in the last couple of weeks (just in case you missed out on seeing our Museum Director moving things around like an organisation expert). We’re proud to introduce great merchandise for our exhibition Han Dynasty: Life Everlasting, as well as some new book titles too. What we’re reading at the moment: […]

  • Chinese New Year Events 2016

                  Happy Year of the Monkey! Come celebrate with us at Chinese Museum! Check out our event calendar below: Chinese Museum Chinese New Year Events Calendar 2016

  • Chung Wah Café Menu (Early 1950s)

    We can recognise on this 1950s menu dishes which remain staples in Chinese restaurants around Australia today. Notice the ‘Chop Suey’: often thought of as an exclusively American-Chinese dish, this menu shows that it was also being served at the Chung Wah Café in Melbourne in the 1950s. There are numerous stories about its origins, the most likely being anthropologist […]

  • Awarded: TripAdvisor ‪‎Certificate of Excellence 2015 Winner

    The Chinese Museum has been awarded 2015’s Certificate of Excellence from TripAdvisor! Thank you to all the voters who left such wonderful reviews, and we hope you will visit us again soon. Find us from Trip Advisor here: Link

  • Chinese ANZACs導覽(英文)

    2014年9月10日 博物館與墨爾本戰爭紀念館攜手,於9月10日下午3點在博物館舉行Chinese ANZACs 的英文導覽活動。此活動免費,但歡迎大家投金幣捐贈。因名額有限,望有意者上墨爾本戰爭紀念館網站預定。