Chinatown predominantly extends along Little Bourke Street between Spring Street and Swanston Street. Eating houses and top class restaurants take their place with the streetscape and it's low- rise brick buildings, retaining historic character.
It is a busy and important social and economic centre for the Chinese Community and proudly stands as one of Melbourne city's most popular venues.
Throughout the year there are many traditional festivals and activities making Chinatown a popular destination in the city centre for local, interstate and international visitors.
The Chinese Museum is one of Chinatown's main attractions, providing visitors, student groups and locals with information about the history of Australians of Chinese descent since the mid-19th Century.
The Museum was opened in 1985 and consists of five exciting levels including an audio-visual theatre with a dynamic, multi screened slide and sound presentation; Finding Gold - an exhibition of Chinese on the Australian goldfields; the Central Equity Gallery featuring the Museum's permanent collection; and an exhibition gallery showcasing Chinese artists.
The Museum is located at 22 Cohen Place, Melbourne's Chinatown, off Little Bourke St between Exhibition and Russell Sts.