Immigration Museum
400 Flinders Street, Melbourne, VIC 3000
  • Phone:
  • 03 9927 2700

Why do people leave their countries of birth to live here? What is their experience in their new country?

Expect a thought-provoking experience filled with stories that are sometimes sad, sometimes funny, but always compelling. 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.

Today, you’ll find two floors of exhibition galleries that house temporary and permanent exhibitions. Several times a year in the Festival Courtyard we host joyous community festivals that are alive with food, music and culture. The Immigration Discovery Centre is the perfect place to start your genealogical research, while the Tribute Garden is a beautiful sanctuary that honours immigrants from over 90 countries.

Highlights include:

•  The Lustre exhibition, which tells the story of pearling across Australia and traditions of Aboriginal Australians who have harvested pearlshell for over 20,000 years
•  Engaging personal stories from the many communities and cultures of Melbourne
•  Explore the beautifully restored Old Customs House.

Accessibility information

Immigration Museum has two accessible entries via (1) the gate on Market Street near the corner of Flinders Street and (2) along the ramp to the main Flinders Street entrance, which has automatic doors.

Accessible toilets are available on the Ground and First Levels of the museum.

Opening hours

Open Saturday and Sunday, 10 am until 5 pm.

Visit the Immigration Museum for FREE