Museum of Chinese Australian History

The Chinese Museum is a national museum that researches, conserves and promotes the built, social and economic contribution the Chinese community has made to Australia.

Located in the heart of Melbourne's Chinatown, the Chinese Museum comprises five floors’ exhibits that illustrate the past, culture and values of Australia's Chinese community. The Chinatown Visitor Centre provides an orientation to Melbourne’s Chinatown, the oldest area of continuous Chinese settlement in the western world. The Dragon Gallery displays three generations of Melbourne’s processional dragons, including the world’s largest processional dragon, the Millennium Dragon. Below-ground ‘Finding Gold’ exhibition replicates the experience of the Chinese in Australia's 19th century goldfields. In addition, Australia's 200-year Chinese history is told through varies artefacts as well as the story of recent arrivals from all parts of the Asia Pacific region since the 1950s.

View international and local exhibitions, cultural events and contemporary art shows in the Temporary Exhibition Gallery. Take your children on a treasure hunt through the Museum or learn about the rich history of the Chinatown on an audio Heritage Walk. Museum also offers a variety of guided tours, programs and workshops that are available for group bookings.


The Museum holds an extensive collection of Chinese clothing and textiles, photographs, documents and artifacts that reflect the social fabric and activities of the Chinese community in Australia from the 1850s.