Furore as Immigration Museum flags name change

Multicultural media outlets are frustrated about Museum Victoria’s failure to consult with their communities regarding the decision to rename the Immigration Museum, but others are urging caution.
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Image courtesy Immigration Museum / Museums Victoria.

Melbourne’s multicultural communities have sounded the alarm over a proposed name change for the Immigration Museum, established in 1997 as the Hellenic Archaeological and Immigration Museum.

The new name is believed to be the Museum of Shared Humanity.

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