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The Immigration Museum

Housed in the beautifully restored Old Customs House, the Immigration Museum builds a vivid picture of immigration history through personal stories, music, moving images, light effects and interactive screens, evoking the experiences of being a migrant on a square-rigger in the 1840s, a passenger on a steamship at the beginning of the twentieth century and a postwar refugee from Europe. In the Tribute Garden, the outdoor centrepiece of the museum, a film of water flows over polished granite on which are engraved the names of 7000 migrants to Victoria, symbolizing the passage over the seas. The names of all the Koorie people living in Victoria prior to white settlement are listed separately at the entrance to the garden.