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Image of a male ballet dancer (Li Cunxin)

Mao's Last Dancer the Exhibition

Discover the incredible journey from poverty to world-famous artist. Features rare interviews, footage and personal artefacts in this intimate portrait.

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Sunday Salon

Sunday Salon

Celebrate the multiplicity of language, storytelling and identity at our inaugural salon in partnership with Melbourne Writers Festival.

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A pile of black books

Collected Odysseys – Black Sea

Encounter epic poem The Odyssey as never before in this installation and durational writing performance by Illimine, in partnership with Melbourne Writers Festival.

Irvine Welsh

Book Club

As part of the Melbourne Writers Festival, special guests will discuss some of their favourite books. 

Melbourne Writers Festival

Melbourne Writers Festival

Melbourne Writers Festival 2018 events at Immigration Museum

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Man standing at a dance bar

In Conversation with Li Cunxin

Join us for a one hour live discussion with Queensland Ballet Artistic Director, and subject of Mao’s Last Dancer, the Exhibition, Li Cunxin.

Ballet Dancers in white costumes.

Costume Conversations

Hear from experts from the Australian Ballet and Museums Victoria as they reveal the intriguing processes behind costume design, construction and conservation.

Three woman looking at the camera with head scarves on

Turkish Festival

Join us for one day festival celebrating Victoria’s Turkish Community. Featuring live performances, music, crafts, history and culture.

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Women dressed in red, white, black and gold costumes, dancing in a circle


What does it mean to be Turkish in Australia today?

Ballet dancers on stage

Queensland Ballet at the Immigration Museum

Celebrate the final weekend of Mao's Last Dancer, the Exhibition with a special visit from Queensland Ballet and Artistic Director Li Cunxin.

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Toddles dancing

Tiny Dancers

Dance and dream big!


The Unending Absence

An audio series imagines the world of migration from an alternative point of view.

visitors viewing the Identity exhibition

Identity: yours, mine, ours

An exhibition about identity – who we are and who others think we are.

Woman at a dance bar

Ballet for Seniors

Experience the joy of movement!

Three sessions available: 10.00am led by Li Cunxin, 12.30pm & 3.00pm led by Queensland Ballet EdSquad


Sarah’s Story

Hi, I’m Sarah Qumbri and this is my story.

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One of the exhibition spaces at Immigration Museum

Leaving Home

What would it take to make you leave your homeland and travel thousands of miles to another country?

Visitors speaking with a CSO officer

Highlights Tour

Take a journey through Immigration Museum and uncover stories of migration to Australia.

Visitors in a museum

Discovery Centre

A place to relax, talk to helpful staff, and research family and migration history.

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Immigrant Stories and Timeline

Immigration is about us all - those who were here and those who came.

Tribute Garden

Tribute Garden

The Tribute Garden is a public artwork that pays tribute to 7000 people who have made the journey to Victoria.

One of the exhibition spaces in the Immigration Museum

Getting In

More than 9 million people have migrated to Australia since 1788. Countless others have tried and failed.

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Customs Gallery

The story of Customs House, where officials controlled what – and who – could enter Victoria.