About us

Melbourne is one of the world’s great multicultural cities, where opportunities for discovery abound. Under the MMV banner, we’ve brought together a unique partnership of five ethnic museums to share our rich cultures and present exciting joint programs and events. Whether you’re a local or just passing through, explore five cultures that have helped shape our vibrant and diverse city. Immerse yourself in our dynamic exhibitions, events, talks and workshops. Bring your friends and discover endless possibilities for cultural engagement.

Our Museums

Chinese Museum

22 Cohen Place, Melbourne VIC, Australia

Tucked away in the heart of Melbourne’s Chinatown off Little Bourke Street, the Chinese Museum is a hidden gem. Over its five-storeys, the Museum explores the culture and history of Chinese immigrants to Australia from the Gold Rush through to the latest waves of ethnic Chinese immigrants from Southeast Asia.

Co.As.It Italian Historical Society & Museo Italiano

199 Faraday Street, Carlton VIC, Australia

Co.As.It Italian Historical Society & Museo Italiano is a cultural hub where people from the Italian and the wider Australian community get together to share, enjoy, and create Italian-Australian culture. The Museo’s free permanent exhibition explores the experience of Italian immigrants to Australia, how their culture influenced Australian life and the distinctive culture that evolved.

Hellenic Museum

280 William Street, Melbourne VIC, Australia

Housed in the historic former Royal Mint, the Museum is dedicated to inspiring a passion for Hellenism by engaging visitors with innovative programs, exhibitions and events. The Hellenic Museum has five permanent exhibition galleries and two touring galleries, one of which is currently exhibiting the acclaimed Gods, Myths & Mortals collection on loan from the Benaki Museum, Athens. The Hellenic Museum’s collections span 8000 years of Greek history, from Neolithic treasures to contemporary art.

Islamic Museum of Australia

15 Anderson Rd, Thornbury VIC, Australia

This unique Museum showcases the rich heritage of Muslims in Australia and abroad. Housed in a stunning contemporary building that melds Islamic and contemporary Australian architecture, the Museum is 10 kilometres from the city. Its five permanent galleries explore Islamic art, Islamic architecture, Australian-Muslim history, the Islamic faith and the Islamic contribution to civilisation.

Jewish Museum of Australia

26 Alma Road, St Kilda VIC, Australia

This award-winning Museum showcases the history and culture of the Jewish people and Australian Jewish life past and present. With four permanent galleries and two changing exhibition spaces, the Museum brings the diversity of Jewish culture to life, drawing on its unique collection of over 20,000 objects. Engrossing temporary exhibitions explore facets of Jewish history, practice, spirituality and culture.

What's on around MMV

Italian Matriarchy & Queerness: Exploring “La Nonna”

An evening of theatre and conversation with Samuel Dariol & the Cast of “La Nonna” and Dr Maria Pallotta-Chiarolli (Deakin University)

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ITALIAN CINEMA FORUM, session 4: Il conformista / The Conformist (Bertolucci, 1970)

Join Dr Mark Nicholls (Senior Lecturer in Cinema Studies, University of Melbourne) in a discussion of classic Italian film.

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Wild: Stories of a community pushing boundaries

Come learn about how Melbourne Jews have taken a stand, made a claim and created change in art, politics and identity.

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Italy (in 349,247 steps). A photographic exhibition by David Collopy

The places, the people and the culture captured over five weeks. Join Co.As.It for the opening on Tuesday 13 August at 6.30pm.

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My family: la mia famiglia

Interested in tracing your Italian family heritage? Come along to these free workshops to find the tools you need to start your research.

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Artistry of Islam

An exhibition showcasing Islamic arts and mastercrafts from around the world.

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One Million Stories: Chinese Australian 200 Years

Discover the varied, interesting journeys of individuals, families and groups this 200-year settlement and integration in Australia.

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Sam Jinks – The Messenger

The Messenger a spectacular sculpture inspired by a statue of the Greek goddess Iris from the west pediment of the Parthenon, by internationally lauded artist Sam Jinks.

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The Realms of Heaven and Earth

Jade burial objects from the Neolithic period to the Han Dynasty. From the Hank Ebes Collection. Sponsored by Southern Metropolitan Cemeteries Trust.

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Beyond Attica: Art of Magna Graecia

An extraordinary collection of vases. Discover the rich variety of pottery techniques and styles of decoration used in the ancient Greek world.

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Islamic Architecture

The Great Mosque of Cordoba, Spain, is just one of the beautiful mosques highlighted in the Islamic Architecture gallery.    

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One pass. Endless possibilities.

Save with an MMV Multipass and visit each of our museums.