Learn about Chinese migration to Australia, as well as the Han Dynasty and see the world’s largest processional dragon. Read more
Conveniently located within Melbourne’s Chinatown, with over 20 years’ experience in museum education. Our programs have been designed by teachers with a strong focus on curriculum and contemporary teaching methodologies. All Education resources and programs have meaningful links to the Victorian Curriculum and the Australian Curriculum across a wide range of learning areas including Humanities, Languages (Chinese), The Arts and English.
Tours are led by experienced guides and can be combined with various cultural workshops and enrichment activities. Museum guided tours can be tailored to suit your class by highlighting particular topics of interest (with advance notice):
• Early Australian history - Gold Rush of the 1850s• Chinese festivals and customs• Immigration and multiculturalism• Ancient Chinese history• Chinese arts and crafts• Chinese performing arts – drama, dance, music• Literature, language and philosophy• Martial arts
Accompanying teachers and support parents are free.
Teachers are warmly invited to explore the museum at anytime and talk to us in person about their students’ needs, at no charge. Bring your VIT card for free entry (One entry per card).
For more details, call 9662 2888 (and Press 1) or email [email protected]
22 Cohen Place, Melbourne, between Lonsdale St, Exhibition St, Russell St and Little Bourke St (Chinatown).
Bus Drop Off
Buses can drop students at the front of Her Majesty’s Theatre on Exhibition St (5 min drop zone).
TRAM Take any tram along Bourke St (Routes 86, 95 & 96) to Stop 7 and walk through Market Ln to Little Bourke St and Cohen Pl.
TRAIN The nearest train station is Parliament (exit at Lonsdale St).
BUS Take the Bus along Lonsdale St (Routes 252, 302, 304 & 908) to Cohen Pl stop.
The Chinese Museum is a child safe organisation. View or download our Statement of Commitment to Child Safety Standards here.
View or download our Pre-visit Information Kit here.
We would like to thank MMG who, through their generosity, have helped make our Education programs possible.
Freshly prepared takeaway food boxes served in a friendly Asian food court environment. Alternatively, groups can take their lunchboxes to enjoy at one of many public gardens nearby.
The new flagship program invites students to apply different cultural perspectives to the analysis of a range of primary sources relevant to Australia-China relations over the past 150 years.
Students will engage in a focused tour of the Han Dynasty exhibition and a workshop involving objects to learn about key inventions from this dynasty.
Students will learn about the origins of Kung Fu and participate in anti-bullying techniques.
In this workshop, students discover how Chinese knots began as communication tools and evolved into an intricate folk-art form.
Students will make a colourful paper lantern and learn about the significance and history of lantern making in China.
Students will make their own knotted bracelet or charm for good luck.
Students will participate in a comprehensive Museum Tour and Chinatown Tour.
Learn about Chinese migration to Australia, as well as the Han Dynasty and see the world’s largest processional dragon.
Students will explore the oldest, continuously settled Chinatown streetscape in the Western world.
Students will create a painting using a brush dipped in black or coloured inks, usually on paper or silk.
Served at a nearby restaurant, a traditional shared Chinese meal is the perfect complement to your Chinese Museum excursion.
Students will listen to a live instrumental performance, and learn Chinese songs to perform.
Students will learn about the origins of Chinese as a language of pictograms, and write their own name.
The Mid-Autumn Festival Education Program explores moon legends and traditional practices such as lantern making, riddle guessing, moon cake making and Chinese tea ceremony. Excursions and incursions available.