The Aboriginal History of Communities from Victoria is proudly displayed throughout Bunjilaka. The name Bunjilaka was chosen as it means 'the place of Bunjil', evoking a sense of ongoing creation.
What does Bunji mean in Aboriginal
Bunji: Aboriginal English for mate. Eg. “How're you doing bunji?” Corroboree: An assembly of sacred, festive or warlike character. Cooee: Meaning come here
The Bunjilaka Museum showcases Aboriginal history, art and culture. This is the Aboriginal Cultural Center and is housed at the Melbourne Museum situated in the heart of the city.
There are displays of some fascinating historical aboriginal artifacts.
You will be thoroughly entertained and educated at the same time. The experience is suitable for all age groups, a unique family getaways experience, not to be missed.
The name Bunjilaka is derived from the word Bunjil ( from the Boon Wurring and Woi Wurrung ltribes ), meaning 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 ...
The Birrarung Gallery holds three exhibitions a year as part of the Community Art Program which range from photography, sculpture and works on canvas to digital media and installation. Birrarung is a exciting and passionate space where you can see both new and emerging artists along with established artists showcasing the talent, stories and immense cultural pride of Victorian Aboriginal Art.
Use the map above and plan your journey.
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.
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Jumbanna where the main exhibitions, the traveling exhibitions and temporary displays are housed such as...
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.
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").