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Aboriginal Cultural Centre - Bunjilaka - Melbourne Museum

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The Indigenous History of Communities from Victoria is proudly displayed throughout Bunjilaka. 

This is the Aboriginal Cultural Center housed at the Melbourne Museum.

The Bunjilaka Museum showcases Aboriginal history, art and culture.

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 ...

  • Aboriginal Heritage items
  • Aboriginal Art exhibition
  • Performance spaces
  • Private areas for the Aboriginal communities to meet

Explore aboriginal history

Drawing of Aborigines trying to defend their land from European invasionEarly Depiction Of Australia's Discovery

Details - The Bunjilaka Aboriginal History Cultural Centre


Melbourne Museum

11 Nicholson Street

Carlton, Victoria, 3053

Contact: 131102 or 03 8341 7777

Hours/Admission Charges

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

Closed Good Friday and Christmas Day

Adults: $8:00

Concession and Children: FREE

How To Get To The Aboriginal Museum

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).

By car: 

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.

Artistic drawing of an aboriginal corroboreeCorroboree Barak-Figures In Possum Skin Cloaks

What's On 

Click here for all 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.

Arnhemland Torres Strait Dance CompanyArnhemland Torres Strait Dance Company - Nambassa 1981

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").

If You Like To Read Up On Indigenous Culture

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.

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