Victorians come from more than 200 countries, speak 260 languages and dialects and follow 135 religious faiths.
Why do people leave their countries of birth to live here? What is their experience in their new country? How do communities adapt to new arrivals?
These are the questions that the Immigration Museum poses. Expect a thought-provoking experience filled with compelling stories. And somewhere within, you'll find your own story.
In 1998, the Immigration Museum opened in the beautifully restored Old Customs House. As the former administrative centre of Melbourne's immigration and customs, it is the perfect home for a museum filled with the real stories of people who have migrated to Victoria.
Sat 29 & Sun 30 Jul, 11am, 1pm, 3pm daily
Join our Museum staff to explore and discover the history of Old Customs House, including its inception, uses and the surprising stories of the people associated with the building.
Free, no bookings required. Entry to Museum not included.
Sun 30 Jul, 11am
Join Peter Lovell, heritage expert and Director of Lovell Chen Architects and Jan Molloy, Programs Coordinator of Immigration Museum on a walking tour of Old Customs House, Immigration Museum. Explore Old Customs House, and discuss how heritage buildings can be preserved while continuing to be utilised as part of contemporary life.
Small booking fee applies, visit openhousemelbourne.org for more information.