Almost every Australian has immigrated from another continent and country and if you're curious about the way people migrated in those days and the things they had to do, then you have to visit the immigration museum. There are 3 levels. The ground floor has a mini library where you can get more information on family tree etc, there's a tribute garden and a theatrette.
You have to buy tickets ($6 for full paying adults and free for concession) to go to the 2nd and 3rd floor. The 2nd floor was laid out so that one could go through the whole journey of a migrant coming to Australia. This was my favourite level. You are allowed to take photos on this level. Do the interview and the english test. Go through the ship and see the accommodations that people lived in on their journey to Australia (sound effects are 'interesting'...especially the ones from the toilet! lol.). Also watch the video clip at the very end, it's pretty emotional to think of what people went through to get here; especially since I've migrated here as well, I feel that I've only went through a tiny percentage of hardship when compared to earlier times, eg: I took about 14 hours by flight to get to Australia, whilst it usually took months and in sometimes terrible conditions - rough seas etc to get here in those days.
The 3rd floor has the east wing and the west wing with costumes worn by Singapore women and models of ships in the other wing.
Interesting journey for immigrants to Australia. Interactive walk through ships from wooden 18th centrury to the modern day liners of the 60's & 70's. Watch and listent o people's stories.
Open daily 10am-5pm closed Christmas Day & Good Friday cost is $6 adul and concession free.
Its a shame , wait I am not talking about the place, but the fact that this place had not yet been listed in the Melbourne's Must see / Must do places .
If you are in Melbourne and never been to this place ..then you have not been to Melbourne ..
How could you not visit the birth place of Melbourne ...its the place you will learn about the people in Australia ...why people come to Australia ...people from all corners of the world...why I asked ? ...how far they have travelled and how touching some stories can be ....but beware this place is not for cold blooded people . But if you are not in this category ..prepare for a Soul moving Journey of lives ...the very touching stories of people leaving their country of origin and begin a new life in a totally new country ....
Why i asked ? How did they come ? what happened ?.
a thousand questions , a thousand tears, a thousand footsteps ...a thousand pain ...but never look back
.a place that they believe will give them hope and sometimes just a simple life
This place change my perception of Australia ...its a shame I came with such prejudice ...coz to me this place is stranded in between rich culture of London and vibrance of New York...perhaps I dont like something in between ...perhaps I am just being naive ...perhaps I just forgot about the unique origin of the colourful Australia ....perhaps we should always give a place or a person the benefit of the doubt , perhaps we should not assess something from the face value ...perhaps ...
Are you ready for the journey ???
The Immigration Museum is set at Melbourne's Old Customs House.
In the permanent exhibits, learn about why people came to Australia, their lives after settling in Melbourne, the history of the Customs House, what a sea journey to Australia was like in the 1800's and 1900's, and how immigration has impacted Melbourne and its culture. You will see artifacts donated by immigrants or their families, and learn the stories of many actual immigrants.
Other museum galleries change frequently. You can also go and see the Tribute Garden, which is a large piece of artwork that has the names of people who have immigrated to Victoria. This is a very interesting historical museum and worth a visit.
Admission is AU$6 for adults and free for children, and the museum is open every day from 10AM-5PM.
Visit the museum of immigration. It is a new, brilliantly organised and displayed collection. Loads of detail about how Australia became the multicultural place it is today.
Excellent use of multimedia to really allow you to get a feel what it must have been like for immigrants making the long journey to Australia.. covers the period from settlement to present day. The building itself is also worth seeing.
They are all kids of immigrants,
how did they got here?
Thousands of stories waiting for new explorers!