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Tourist Attractions: Immigration Museum Melbourne by Dominique
When looking for Melbourne
tourist attractions, you end considering lots of different museums. One
museum definitely worth a visit is the Immigration Museum Melbourne. As
the name implies, the museum is devoted to the subject of immigration.
Australia is a country of immigrants. More than thirty percent people in
Melbourne speak another language than English at home. If you want to learn
more about the history of immigration to Australia, then spend a few interesting
hours exploring this place.
Australia is the country
of the Aboriginal people. Australia is the country of immigrants. Both
are true. The Aboriginal history of Australia goes back thousands and thousands
of years. On the other hand, migration to Australia is only a few hundred
years old. A lot of information about the first immigrants is still live
and visible today.
Location of the Immigration
In Melbourne, you will find
the museum at the Old Custom House, 400 Flinders Street, an easy stroll
from Flinders Street Station. It is open every day from 10 am to 5 pm but
is closed on Good Friday and Christmas Day.
The Importance of the
There is a constant stream
of new immigrants to Australia. Australia is a beautiful and wealthy part
of the world. This, of course, inspires people to immigrate into this country.
During the recent decades, Australia has grown in leaps and bounds. It
has a culture that is constantly evolving due to the many contributions
made by immigrants. Although each country has difficulties at times with
treatment of different people, Australia seems to be one of the world's
societies where this is less of an issue, causing a true melting pot of
cultures and influences. This makes cities like Melbourne to what they
Immigration Museum: Take
This Melbourne tourist attraction
is not only great for you, your children can learn many things from the
museum as well. If you visit the museum with your children, you will be
able to explain to them that the Aboriginal people are the original inhabitants
of this land and that everyone else was transported to Australia. This
can open up discussions about respect for different cultures and religions
and valuing differences between people. They will also learn about the
differences in transport, technology, keeping in contact etc between today
and two hundred years ago. In the museum, you will also see a replica of
an actual ship, which your kids will find very interesting.
Immigration Museum Set
Apart from the immigration
history, there are many personal stories, some sad, some funny, others
interesting. In fact, the history of Australia is filled with characters
of enormous courage and will. In the museum, the information has been preserved
in well thought out displays that are both informative and entertaining.
Computerized interactive displays as well as moving images in the museum
also keep visitors engrossed. During your visit to the Museum, you will
learn a bit more about the earliest visitors to Australia and their stories
as well as how immigration has changed over the times.
There is a café in
the Immigration Museum to serve snacks, light meals, confectioneries and
soft drinks. The Museum also has a souvenir shop. If you are interested
in the history of Australia, Melbourne, shipping, immigration and genealogy,
there are many books specifically on these subjects. You will also find
many attractive posters, postcards and maps with a flavour of yesteryear.
So, if you are thinking about
which Melbourne tourist attractions to go to, please give the Immigration
Museum some consideration. It is one of those places not only entertaining
and interesting, but it can also serve as a place where you can explore
differences between people and cultures, making it an invaluable learning