Portuguese Ethnographic Museum of Australia

The Portuguese Ethnographic Museum of Australia was opened on the 10th of June 1997 by a group of people who were determined to promote the Portuguese culture and it's traditions, not only to the Portuguese Community in Australia, but to the many other communities that make up Australia.

The Museum is an institution, run by volunteers, which seeks to promote the cultural contribution made by Portuguese migrants to Australia, as well as promoting Portuguese artists, writers and others, who lived or still live in Australia and continue to develop projects or activities inspired by their background.

Entry to the Museum was previously marked by a bridge, which represented the link between what was left behind, in the country of origin, and what was found in Australia, the adopted country. It also symbolized the fact that many of the first Portuguese came to Australia by ship.

Visiting the Museum transports us, through its collection of ethnographic objects, to Portugal. It is a trip through the traditions and the culture of the regions from where the objects emanate.
Each object, with its specific characteristics, translates the richness of the ethnography of each region they represent, and which, together, translate the concept of a Portuguese Community.

Most of the objects on display at the Museum have either been donated or are on loan by members of the community.