Identity: yours, mine, ours
Stories from the exhibition at the Immigration Museums, about identity – who we are, who others think we are, and what it means to belong and not belong in Australia.
Listening to Elders
Community elders guide Museums Victoria in representing First Peoples.
Research, create and share your own family or community history.
A pathway for First Nations identity and meaning in the GLAM sector
In April this year the Honourable Princess Salote Maumautaimi Tuku’aho of Tonga visited Melbourne Museum's First Peoples and Te Pasifika exhibitions.
Interview with Auntie Veronica Barnett
Museums Victoria staff member Auntie Veronica shares her story with archivist Nik Mcgrath.
A glimpse of First Peoples multimedia installation.
Celebrating the history, culture, achievements and survival of Victoria’s Aboriginal people.
Gung Family collection
This collection provides an insight into the Gung family's experiences of migrating to Australia from China at the beginning of the twentieth century. Their story forms part of the Immigrant Stories exhibition at the Immigration Museums
An Aboriginal perspective on Australia's threatened species.
What would it take to make you leave your homeland and travel thousands of miles to another country?
Nickel Mundabi Ngadwa, Congolese refugee artist, 2009
Now a professional artist based in Shepparton, Nickel's refugee story begins with taking flight from Congo.
Identity: yours, mine, ours
An exhibition about identity – who we are and who others think we are.
Karl Friedrich Muffler, German migrant, pastry chef & internee, 1930
After migrating from Germany in 1930, Karl Muffler was interned in Melbourne throughout WWII.
The timeless and living art of possum skin cloaks
Possum skin cloak making is flourishing in 2019.
Football jumper - Nicky Winmar, St Kilda, 1993
St Kilda Football Club jumper worn by Nicky Winmar during his celebrated stand against racism in sport in 1993.
Basket, Binak, Healesville, Port Phillip, Victoria, Australia
Coiled basket, or binak, with oval base, possibly purchased from Coranderrk Aboriginal Station circa 1870s-1880s.
Gurindji Blues Post ScriptUnknown and unlikely facets of the Wave Hill Walk-off and the Gurindji people’s quest for independence, 50 years on
Boorun's CanoeA journey of connection
Baradine Repatriation of Carved Tree (Dendroglyph)
Carved burial tree returned to traditional owners.
Milarri Garden trail
Explore Bunjilaka's beautiful Indigenous garden.
Indigenous Protest, Australian Bicentenary, 1988
On 26 January 1988, more than 40,000 people, including Aborigines from across the country and non-Indigenous supporters, staged what was the largest march in Sydney since the Vietnam moratorium.
Contemporary reimagining of a museum collectionAn analysis of change in a collection of spears from Milingimbi, Arnhem Land
First PeopleThe Eastern Kulin of Melbourne, Port Phillip & Central Victoria
Aboriginal String Bags, Nets and Cordage
Fiji's Treasured Culture
Fijian artefacts, and their traditional uses, provide glimpses of ancient Pacific cultures and Fiji’s fascinating past.
The Pacific Collections at Museums VictoriaA brief introduction and aspirations for the future
What are your origins?
Where have Victorians come from?
Why did they come?
Stool, Papua New Guinea
A stool made from a single piece of wood with a standing figure forming the back.
Maori Feather cloak
Kahuhuruhuru is the name for this type of cloak made of fine fibres made from flax or whitau.
Carving, United States of America, North American South West
The name of the Katsina represented by this tihu is Angak'china (Long Haired Kachina).
Haida totem pole, Canada
This twelve metre totem pole from British Columbia, Canada, has four major iconic carvings that represent the major totems that traditionally travel through the maternal line in Haida society.
Celebrate the rich traditions of your community’s culture
Tell your community’s experiences and stories of migration and diversity
Each immigrant has their own unique story to tell. This website explores why they came, where they settled and how they started a new life in Victoria.
More than 9 million people have migrated to Australia since 1788. Countless others have tried and failed.
Beyond kilts and bagpipesScottish associational culture and its wider impact on Australian society, circa 1840 to 1920
The genealogy of the genealogical methodDiscoveries, disseminations and the historiography of British anthropology
The story of Customs House, where officials controlled what – and who – could enter Victoria.
Journeys to Australia
Immigration is a vital feature of Australia's history and national identity. Celebrate the journeys that changed Australia forever.
Home of the Immigration Museum, and one of Melbourne's most important 19th century public buildings.
Discover Documentary: The Murray Explored Bioscan
Following in the footsteps of William Blandowski, the Museum's first curator.
Participants in the one day ‘Making Futures Slam event’ on 5 September 2018 at Melbourne Museum reflect on their day and on how museum collections connect the environment, history and culture to tell stories with relevance for our future.
The Plants of Milarri Garden
Milarri means 'outdoors' in Boon Wurrung and Woi wurrung.
British Migrants: Instant Australians
Aztecs lecture series
Afghanistan: Hidden Treasures lecture series
The wonders of Ancient Mesopotamia lecture series
Being presentIndigenous Contemporary Art and Cultural Practices in the Museum
Fish traps and stone housesNew archaeological insights into Gunditjmara use of the Budj Bim lava flow of southwest Victoria over the past 7000 years
"In the Beginning was the Ocean"Pacific Cosmogony in Epeli Hauʻofa’s Oceania and Disneyʼs Moana
Syria: Ancient History – Modern Conflict
The Human MotorThe life of famed Australian Cyclist, Sir Hubert ‘Oppy’ Opperman
From the Bog to the BiobankA Quest to Understand Victoria's Endangered Frogs
A Million Pounds and Not a Penny ReturnA Victorian Gold Mining Saga
History starts today
A new collection of banners from the 2017 Women's March on Melbourne has important historical links.
Rare scene of first European contact
Provenance of carved boomerang uncovered.
2017 Round Up
Museums Victoria had a massive year – take a look at our Top 10 moments.
Fashion Redux at Melbourne Museum
Major fashion names used the Museums State Collection, in collaboration with Melbourne Fashion Festival, to create a completely unique look.
A treasure trove of freshwater fish biodiversity
The Kimberley region in Australia’s northwest is one our last great pristine unspoilt places, and a hotspot for species discovery.
Melbourne's Biggest Family Album collection
In 2006 over 1000 favourite photographs of Melbourne were collected from Melburnians' private albums.
The Biggest Family Album in Australia collection
Over 9000 photographs from rural and regional Victoria dating from the 1890s to the 1940s.
Phar Lap collection
Over 350 items of racing equipment and memorabilia relating to champion racehorse Phar Lap.
The Federation Tapestry
Almost 41m long and 20,000 hours in the making, the tapestry marks the centenary of Australia's Federation.
A tooth fossil showing markings which appear to be man-made.