Customs Gallery

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Customs Gallery
Customs Gallery
Source: Museum Victoria

The story of the Old Customs House and its importance to Victoria's economic growth.

The Immigration Museum occupies the Old Customs House, one of Melbourne's most important 19th-century public buildings.

For over a century the Customs House was the focal point for Victoria's trade and shipping.

Customs officers collected import duties, inspected ships for smuggled goods, controlled immigration to Victoria, and prevented the importation of items such as illegal drugs, endangered and contaminated animal products, and banned books and films.


Event Type: Permanent Exhibition

Daily, Now Showing
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Extended Hours
Fridays in February until 9:00PM

Immigration Museum

Included with museum entry.
MV Members receive FREE museum entry. 

Comments (4)

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Charlotte 11 July, 2012 11:54
This section of the museum looks exciting! can't wait to see it!
isabelle 5 July, 2014 16:17
It was amazing i loved making Babushka i made my family out of it. I have 4 people in my family isabelle zoe judith and lawrence.I really enjoyed immigration.
gentell 18 August, 2014 06:11
I would be interested in more info. about Customs House situated in Williamstown. Did it have similar use?
Discovery Centre 25 August, 2014 14:31
Hi - whilst we have little information in our collection on the Customs House in Williamstown, it's an interesting question, and one you might like to follow up with the Public Records Office of Victoria and a search on Trove.

A search of Collections Online brings up this object, the contextual information of which indicates that it's likely to have been very similar in activity and use.
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