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The Indigenous History of Communities from Victoria is proudly displayed throughout Bunjilaka, the Aboriginal Cultural Center at Melbourne Museum.

Showcasing history, art and culture and displaying some wonderful aboriginal artifacts makes for a valuable and educational experience for all age groups, a very unique family getaways experience.

The name Bunjilaka is derived from the word Bunjil (Boon Wurring and Woi Wurrung language), the Creation Ancestor for most of Victoria's Aboriginal language groups and the word aka which means land or place.

This is truly a great Creation Place.

The actual Aboriginal history center holds and displays...

Early Depiction Of Australia's Discovery

Drawing of Aborigines trying to defend their land from European invasion
  • Aboriginal Heritage items.
  • Aboriginal Art exhibition.
  • Performance spaces.
  • Private areas for the Aboriginal communities to meet.

Corroboree Barak-Figures In Possum Skin Cloaks

Artistic drawing of an aboriginal corroboree

Where Is The Bunjilaka Aboriginal History Cultural Centre?

Melbourne Museum

11 Nicholson Street

Carlton, Victoria, 3053

Contact: 131102 or 03 8341 7777

Check out the map below. Just click on the icon and follow the prompts.

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To get there By Public Transport:

  • Tram 86 or 96 to the corner of Nicholson and Gertrude Streets
  • The Free City Circle Tram.
  • City loop train to Parliment Station.
  • Bus routes 250, 251 and 402 to Rathdowne Street. Then a short walk.
  • Free City of Melbourne Tourist shuttle Bus to stop no'4 (The Museum and Carlton Gardens).

Opening Hours and Other Helpfull Information

Open Daily: 10:00am-5:00pm

Closed Good Friday and Christmas Day

Admission to the Melbourne Museum

Adults: $8:00

Concession and Children: FREE

There is convenient underground parking at the Museum and also metered parking in the side streets surrounding.

For all parking information visit Melbourne Museum Parking.

Here is a sample of the traditional music of the native people of Australia, a true masterpiece of aboriginal folk music and the fascinating sound of the didgeridoo (the traditional aboriginal wooden "drone pipe").

Melbourne Museum's Aboriginal centre, Bunjilaka, is truly a remarkable Cultural and educational experience not to be missed.

A true and in depth study into Australian Indigenous Cultures and a respectful exploration into Aboriginal history.

For what's on at Bunjilaka explore the current exhibitions

Different Areas In The Bunjilaka Gallery

Jumbanna where the main exhibitions, the traveling exhibitions and temporary displays are housed such as...

  • Koorie Voices
  • Belonging to Country
  • Two Laws

Wurreka consists of a 50 meter long zinc wall area leading to the artist's exhibition place.

Wominjeka where visitors are greeted, the ritual strengthening and the traditional culture of welcoming people to the country.

Birrarung meaning Yarra River is where the visitor can enjoy and begin to understand the different art forms from South Eastern Australia.

Milarri meaning outside, is an indigenous garden area planted with flora of significance to the Aboriginal people of south-eastern Australia.

Rock platforms and water courses bring to life the specific atmosphere surrounding this indigenous culture.

Kalaya is where performances and activities are held. Usually stunning dance and song and fascinating story telling.

Wilam Liwik - the camp of the Elders and their Meeting Room.

Nambassa 1981

Arnhemland Torrest Strait Dance Company

Arnhemland Torres Strait Dance Company

The Indigeneous Library

I love books, books on all sorts of interesting topics, and Fishpond provides an amazing array of quality books.

I have selected some excellent ones here, with an Indigenous theme including books on Aboriginal history.

For The Love Of History

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