Chinese Museum, Melbourne

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Museum of Chinese Australian History
Chinese Museum, Chinatown, Melb, jjron, 6.07.2016.jpg
Main entrance to the Chinese Museum
Location22 Cohen Place, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Coordinates37°48′39″S 144°58′09″E / 37.810800°S 144.969099°E / -37.810800; 144.969099Coordinates: 37°48′39″S 144°58′09″E / 37.810800°S 144.969099°E / -37.810800; 144.969099
TypeHistory museum
CuratorJoyce Agee

The Chinese Museum or Museum of Chinese Australian History is an Australian history museum located in Melbourne's Chinatown. The museum was established in 1985 with a charter to present the history of Australians of Chinese ancestry. An extensive refurbishment funded by the Victorian Government was completed in 2010. Since then, the museum has also acted as a Chinatown Visitor Centre.[1]

The building that currently houses the Chinese Museum was built by the Cohen Bros in 1890 and used as a warehouse for the manufacture of furniture. It was later sold to Her Majesty's Theatre and used as a storage space for their extensive collection of costumes. In 1984 the Victorian Government, with support from the Victorian Tourism Commission, the Chinese Community and the Melbourne City Council the building was purchased from Her Majesty's Theatre and the museum formally established. There is temporary exhibition space in which local and international artists can present work that engages with the Chinese culture.

The museum has a range of permanent exhibitions relating to Chinese experiences in the 19th Century Australian Goldfields and uses objects from their extensive collection to tell stories that highlight the relationships between Australians and Chinese culture.

It 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. The museum is also home to Dai Loong and the Millennium Dragon, the largest Chinese dragon in the world.[2]


  1. ^ "Chinese Museum Profile 2012" (PDF). Museum of Chinese Australian History Incorporated. Retrieved 2013-06-19.
  2. ^ "Museum of Chinese Australian History". Collections Australia Network. Archived from the original on 22 March 2012. Retrieved 2011-06-03.


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