Celebrate the biggest day in Melbourne's Chinese Lunar New Year program.  Stroll the annual Chinatown street festival, watch the Millenium Dragon Parade and visit the Chinese Museum with discounted entry.

Chinese Museum Discounted Entry (Ticketed Event)

22 Cohen Place, Melbourne, VIC

1.45pm-6pm (last entry 5pm). 

$5 per ticket. Children 12yrs and under free of charge.

Program of events at the Chinese Museum:

Lucky Rabbit Exhibition: A new and special exhibition that explores Chinese New Year customs and superstitions set to the backdrop of Chris Chun's artwork.

One Million Stories Chinese Australians 200 years: The first nationwide story of the 200-year journey from the first migrant until today.

Han Dynasty Life Everlasting: Explores this significant period of Chinese history through showcasing the Han dynasty’s remarkable people, progressive ideas, and great innovations.

Finding Gold Chinese on the Goldfields: Replicates the experience of Chinese Settlers in Australia’s 19th century goldfields.

Year of the Rabbit Pop Up Shop:  While stocks last! Grab your Year of the Rabbit souvenirs from our pop-up store in the Chinatown Street Festival. 

Chinatown Little Bourke Street Festival, 10.30am till 9pm.  (Free)

Street festival with Millenium Dragon parade, Lion dances, market stalls and stage performances. 

Millenium Dragon Parade: commences from the Chinese Museum's main entrance 12pm.

Times updated as of 21st Jan 2023

Estimated times as follows:

11.30am Dragon exits Chinese Museum 
12.05pm Dragon departs from front of Chinese Museum
12.15pm Little Bourke St into Exhibition St
12.20pm Exhibition St into Lonsdale St
12.30pm Cross Lonsdale St / Russell St intersection
12.40pm Cross Lonsdale St / Swanston St intersection
12.50pm Lonsdale St into Elizabeth St
12.55pm Elizabeth St into Little Bourke St
01.05pm Cross Little Bourke St / Swanston St intersection
01.15pm Cross Little Bourke St / Russell St intersection
01.25pm Arrive back at Chinese Museum

Lion Dances:  10.30am, 12.15pm. Check back here, additional times will be added.

Chinese Lantern Making Workshop: Little Bourke St Festival.

Chinese Museum Discounted Entry & Chinatown Little Bourke Street Festival are part of the Chinese Lunar New Year Festival program, sponsored by:

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