Fittingly located in the beautifully restored Old Customs House in the heart of Melbourne, the Immigration Museum offers unblinking stories about Victorian people, the places they have travelled from, and multicultural customs they have contributed to Australian life.
This is a museum that connects with the essence of Melbourne identity, not only offering a walk back through time, but also exploring how immigrants interact with modern society.
Learn about the lives of the first settlers in the early 1800s, how Australia built its population, the prominent wave of Greek immigration that now characterizes so much of Melbourne, and the journeys that mark the life of an immigrant. A mix of permanent and temporary exhibitions, such as the popular photographic display, ‘Leaving Dublin’, keeps the Immigration Museum fresh and relevant to current life.
Visitors can also learn about family history by searching the archive of immigrant details accessible at the Museum. This is a museum that engages Australians and international visitors.
The Immigration Museum is at 400 Flinders Street, in the city centre, and can be easily reached with a short walk from Flinders Street Station. Once you see the pale, stoic 19th Century façade of Old Customs House, you will know you have arrived.