About us

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Through our rich collections, exhibitions, events, education programs and digital content, we explore themes of migration, identity, citizenship and community through multiple perspectives. We engage with communities and creative practitioners to produce powerful opportunities for social interaction, empathy and debate.

The Immigration Museum opened in 1998 within Old Customs House. Located on the bank of Birrarung (Yarra River), this former administrative centre of immigration and trade is a site of great historical significance and complexity.

We welcome you to visit to connect with us, and each other.

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Revitalising the Immigration Museum

As the Immigration Museum enters its third decade, we’re looking at ways to grow its impact and strengthen its connections with existing and new audiences.

Past projects and festivals:

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Talking Difference

Funded by VicHealth, the Talking Difference portable studio challenged race-based discrimination in Victorian schools and communities from 2010–2016.

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