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

Sunday 11 February 1.30pm-6pm (last entry 5pm). 

  • $8 general admission 
  • Free for Children 12yrs and under and Chinese Museum Members
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Program of events at the Chinese Museum:

The Dragons Amidst Us  

Experience an exhibition about the power and significance of the Chinese dragon in this family friendly exhibition.

Dragon Scale Making ($5 per scale-making kit, pay on the day)

Make your scale to place on the Sustainable Dragon created from up-cycled base materials.  

In the Path of the Dao: Get your fortune told ($5)

Have your fortune read for 2024 Year of the Dragon by representatives from the Australian Daoist Association: will this be your lucky year?

Lantern Making Workshop ($5 per lantern making kit, pay on the day) 

Make your own traditional Chinese lantern to take home! 

Chinese Museum Permanent Exhibitions

Including One Million Stories, Han Dynasty Everlasting, Finding Gold and the magnificent Dragon Gallery.

Lion Dances

1.55pm and 3.30pm (approx) out the front of the Museum's main entrance.  

Chinatown Street Festival

Dragon Parade: Melbourne's 63 meter long Millennial Dragon emerges from the Chinese Museum's main entrance at 11am, for its final preparations. Millennial Dragon commences parading from the front of the Museum at 11.45am.  This is one of Melbourne’s most iconic parades, especially in 2024 when it will show off along the streets of Melbourne in celebration of its namesake Year of the Dragon.

Click here for the Melbourne Dai Loong Dragon Parade Route (Updated 8th Feb 2024)

Year of the Dragon Pop Up Shop:  While stocks last! Grab your Year of the Dragon souvenirs from our pop-up store on Russell St, Chinatown Street Festival.

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