Using first-hand accounts, real-life imagery and memorabilia, the true stories of people who have migrated to Victoria are recounted in this fascinating Melbourne museum. It's housed inside a magnificently restored building that, between 1858-70, acted as Melbourne's own Customs House, gateway to the fledgling colony. Upstairs on the second floor is an exhibition space exploring social issues and cultural oddities, veering from multicultural cuisine and religion right up to death while at the Museum's epicentre is the wonderful Long Room, a revivalist marvel of Renaissance architecture worth the price of admission alone.
The museum has several permanent exhibitions including Leaving Home, Identity: Yours, Mine, Ours and Getting In. The museum also has a discovery centre and gallery of the Old Customs House – a important institution involved with Australia's immigration history.