MELBOURNE | Museum of Chinese Australian History is one of my favourite museums in Melbourne. I revisited this laneway museum recently for What’s On Melbourne, and was reminded of why I always enjoy visiting here.
The museum’s mission is to enrich the understanding of Chinese Australians through the presentation and celebration of their history, heritage, and culture. Across five floors, a mixture of permanent and temporary exhibits showcase Chinese history and culture, and the contributions of Chinese immigrants and Chinese-Australians to Australia over centuries.
The museum is housed in the heritage listed Cohen Bros building in Chinatown. Originally built in 1890, the building was used as a warehouse for the manufacture of furniture, then by Her Majesty’s Theatre as a storage space for their extensive collection of costumes.
The Museum of Chinese Australian History opened in the space in 1985, and holds an extensive collection of Chinese clothing and textiles, photographs, documents and artifacts. In the basement level, there’s an interactive exhibit showing aspects of daily life of Chinese miners on the Victorian goldfields during Victoria’s gold rush.
On the ground floor, the Dragon Gallery houses Dai Loong and the Millennium Dragon, the largest Chinese dragon in the world.
Museum of Chinese Australian History
2 Cohen Place
Telephone: (03) 9662 2888
E-mail: [email protected]
Mon – Sun: 10:00am to 4:00pm