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.

MMV joint event - The Jewish Museum of Australia presented with CO.AS.IT, the Italian Cultural Institute Melbourne and Jewish Holocaust Centre

Take a walking tour of Carlton, where Jewish life in Melbourne began, ending with a visit to Museo Italiano.

Sunday 17 November 10:15am

What's on around MMV

Preservation is an act of political warfare

This exhibition brings together by three artists, Regina Pilawuk Wilson, Steaphan Paton and Giuseppe Lana, in an exchange artist residency between Sicily and Australia.

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Jews of Italy

Italia Ebraica: The Jews of Italy by Paul Forgasz

A lecture revealing the rich and varied history of the Roman Jewish community, one of the oldest surviving diasporas.

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Mrs G Screening and Panel Discussion

Celebrating a wild and wonderful woman – the Gottex designer, Lea Gottleib – a screening by The Jewish Museum of Australia with the Jewish International

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Finding Gold

Retrace the steps of Chinese gold seekers in Australia’s 19th century goldfields in this immersive exhibition.    

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The Messenger

The Messenger by Sam Jinks

An exciting new work by Australian artist Sam Jinks is now on display at the Hellenic Museum. The Messenger is a work unlike any other.

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Australian Muslim Artists 2019

For Muslim artists around Australia, this exhibition offers a valued platform from which they can showcase their talents and exhibit their works.

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Food, Fun and Flag Wavers: Memories of the Lygon Street Festa

A CO.AS.IT. Italian Historical Society Exhibition exploring the fun-filled history of the Lygon Street Festa as part of History Week 2019.

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ONEIROI is a photographic installation by one of Australia’s leading artists, Bill Henson.

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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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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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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.