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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
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.
Image of a large black and white image on the wall in the Settlement Section of the Museo Italiano Exhibition from the 1962 Giorgio Managiamele film

CO.AS.IT. Museo Italiano exhibition virtual reality tour


CO.AS.IT.’s online Museo Italiano virtual reality tour offers a unique opportunity to experience a personal tour of Carlton’s renowned Museo Italiano exhibition anytime from the comfort of your computer or personal device.

Established in 2010 and located in the heart of Carlton, the Museo Italiano is the only permanent exhibition of its kind in Australia. Featuring rare objects, images, and stories from the CO.AS.IT. Italian Historical Society Collection, and engaging multimedia presentations the exhibition celebrates Italian immigration and its invaluable contribution to the development of Melbourne, Victoria, and Australia.

Special features of this personalised tour include highlights from the 1962 film, The Spag by highly acclaimed Italian-born Director Giorgio Mangiamele. Recognised as one of the first films made in Victoria by a migrant about the migrant experience, The Spag was filmed in the local streets of Carlton and tells the story of a newspaper boy working to support his widowed mother. The film is neorealist in style and features the Australian actor Terry Donovan when he was a young boy.

What's On

Wander through the exhibition spaces at your own pace and discover the special stories behind some of the fascinating objects on display.
A unique immersive experience, the CO.AS.IT. Museo Italiano Online Virtual Reality Tour is available to enjoy at any time and from anywhere on the CO.AS.IT. Melbourne website.

Images: (1) CO.AS.IT. Museo Italiano, 2022. Photo: CO.AS.IT. (2) CO.AS.IT. Museo Italiano Exhibition Settlement Section, 2022. Photo CO.AS.IT. (3) CO.AS.IT. Museo Italiano Screening of highlights of G. Mangiamele's "The Spag". Photo: CO.AS.IT.

Important Details

Time & Date

Available online from CO.AS.IT. Melbourne website anytime.


Sensory friendly


All Ages


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

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