Multicultural Museums Victoria

‘Grandmothers’ – now showing until Sunday 28 October

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.

What's on around MMV

6 May —28 Oct


MMV Group Project

Featuring stories of grandmothers from across Melbourne, Multicultural Museums Victoria presents its inaugural joint project — ‘Grandmothers’. Through five extraordinary exhibitions and accompanying events, join us in celebrating the accomplishments, wisdom and the central role of the grandmother in Chinese, Italian, Greek, Muslim and Jewish communities.

Finding Gold

Finding Gold is a permanent exhibition that replicates the experience of the Chinese in Australia’s 19th century goldfields.

Learn more at Chinese Museum ico-arrow

Hem of Memory

Hem of Memory is a two-channel video installation that re-maps cultural, cinematic and personal histories of migration.

Learn more at Co.As.It Italian Historical Society & Museo Italiano ico-arrow

Australian Muslim Artists 2018

An object cast from hot glass and traditional Turkish water marbling are just some of the exquisite works highlighted in this exhibition.

Learn more at Islamic Museum of Australia ico-arrow

Against the Ruins. Photographs by Nelly’s

See this exhibition of photographic works by legendary Greek Photographer Elli Sougioultzoglou-Seraidari, known as “Nelly’s”.

Learn more at Hellenic Museum ico-arrow

Love song for Babushka

Listen to jazz vocalist Tamara Kuldin in an intimate performance of story and song paying tribute to the life and love of her beloved late

Learn more at Jewish Museum of Australia ico-arrow

Love & Legacy

Celebrate the fascinating diversity and complexity of the Jewish grandmother through commissioned portraits, interviews, treasured objects and emotional stories.

Learn more at Jewish Museum of Australia ico-arrow

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.


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