Dedicated to the Vietnamese diaspora, the museum has been an aspiration of the Vietnamese Community over the last two decades and will be the first Vietnamese Museum in Australia.
Capturing a defining time in the history of Vietnam and Australia, and the Vietnam War, the new Vietnamese Museum Australia (VMA) seeks to commemorate this legacy for future generations and to embody a physical emblem of hope – of a journey through conflict and terror, uncertainty and struggle, to resilience and hope of a new land.
The VMA will not only collect, record and preserve the culture and history of Vietnamese settlement in Australia, it will provide a vibrant multi-cultural hub in the heart of the Footscray community. Showcasing Australia’s world-class multicultural society, the museum will be a great environment where stories can be shared from both the past and the present and from the perspective of more than a hundred thousand Vietnamese Australian Refugees.
Furthermore, the facility will support community development and engagement and will be capable of hosting wider community functions, events, projects and initiatives which will transform the development into an iconic civic hub, resource centre and must-see destination in Victoria.
The four-level building will include a ground floor reception area, social service area, gift shop, multicultural hub, kitchen presentation space, exhibition space, shrine and roof terrace.
The VMA will be an important part of the ongoing journey of the Vietnamese Australian Community.