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The exterior of a large two storey grey building which has a large painted colour mural by Italian multimedia artist by Alice Pasquini, covering most of the right hand-side wall of the building and the in large blue lettering are the words 'Museo Italiano Melbourne' running up the side of the wall. The mural includes an image of a torso of a woman with long dark hair looking into the distance, a ship and three black images representing people at the bottom of the mural. The large glass front window has Museo Italiano Cultural Centre stenciled in grey on the front and a brightly coloured large-scale stencilled image of an artwork by artist Matteo Volpi.
The image has been taken in front of the interior entrance of the Museo Italiano Exhibition space looking toward the back wall of the Departures section which has a large yellow coloured projection of a handwritten letter on the centre of the wall. The space is dark except for the audio-visual projects. The right side wall has a large black and white projection of an image of a man's face representing the people who left Italy to come to Australia and the word
The interior image of the Settlement section of the Museo Italiano Exhibition looking toward the back wall which includes a projection of a black and white street scene in the suburb of Carlton in the early 1960s, from the Giorgio Mangiamele film, The Spag. On the left-hand side are large glass display cases filled with a wide range of objects including coffee machines, tailoring items such as scissors and ravioli rolling pin. There are 4 drawers with handles located on the bottom of the display case. On the right hand-side is a multi-coloured time-line display made up of illuminated boxes with text and images on the front each depicting a specific Australian/Italian/ World historical event such as the world wars or well-known people. There are long illuminated display cases located below the time-line boxes containing related objects, some that can be seen include books and domestic items. There is a large closed travelling box visible at the back of the space.
An interior image looking directly at the Interactions section of the exhibition which includes large glass display cases filled with objects, including a large commercial sized Espresso Machine from the 1950s, an early 1950s domestic past making machine, a bottle of vermouth, crockery and menus from well known Italian eateries such as The Society Restaurant, 1 1950s coloured panettone box, 1 small silver etched tea pot, 2 small bottles of olive oil,  3 large silver sports trophy one with a winged person on the top, an Australian Rules football, a well used soccer ball, a used cricket bat, a used pair of football boots, a green sports uniform on a mannequin torso with the word

CO.AS.IT. Museo Italiano Exhibition Free Guided Tours


Following last year’s success, CO.AS.IT. is excited to again be able to offer free guided tours of the Museo Italiano exhibition by Elizabeth Triarico, manager of the CO.AS.IT. Italian Historical Society + Museo Italiano, during the Open House Melbourne Weekend. The tours provide a special behind the scenes experience and many opportunities to enjoy and share a wide range of fascinating Italian immigration stories.

Established in 2010 and located in the heart of Carlton, the Museo Italiano is the only permanent exhibition of its kind in Australia. This popular exhibition features rare objects, images, and stories from CO.AS.IT.’s Italian Historical Society, and engaging multimedia presentations which celebrate Italian immigration and its invaluable contribution to the development of Melbourne, Victoria, and Australia. Through its themes of Departure, Settlement, Interaction and Identity, the exhibition explores all aspects of the Italian immigration story from the early 1700s onwards.

What's On

Join a free guided tour of the CO.AS.IT. Museo Italiano exhibition led by Elizabeth Triarico, manager at the CO.AS.IT. Italian Historical Society + Museo Italiano. Gain a special insight into the Italian Australian immigration experience, with unique stories and objects including the rare Australian-designed Sputnik Coffee machine.

Images: (1) CO.AS.IT. Museo Italiano, 2022. Photo: CO.AS.IT. (2) CO.AS.IT. Museo Italiano Exhibition Departures Section, 2022. Photo: CO.AS.IT. (3) CO.AS.IT. Museo Italiano Exhibition Settlement Section. 2022, Photo CO.AS.IT. (4) CO.AS.IT. Museo Italiano Exhibition Interactions Section. 2022, Photo CO.AS.IT.

Important Details

Time & Date

Saturday 29 + Sunday 30 July
Tours run 10.30am + 3pm
Running for 45 minutes in groups of 15
Bookings required
First release tickets: Thursday 6 July, 12pm
Second release tickets: Saturday 8 July, 10am

Meet at the Museo Italiano glass doors at 189 Faraday Street, Carlton, 10 minutes prior to the start of the tour.
Please arrive 10 minutes prior to the start of the tour.
Photography will be taking place during the event.


Fully wheelchair accessible, Accessible bathroom, Accessible parking nearby, Elevator access


All Ages


CO.AS.IT. Museo Italiano, 199 Faraday Street, Carlton 3053

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