Telling our Part in the Australian Story



Every Vietnamese Australian who arrived here as a refugee has a story to tell.

The proposed Vietnamese Museum Australia (VMA) will be a vibrant multicultural hub situated in the iconic heart of Footscray, Victoria. The museum will feature five levels, showcasing the Vietnamese journey through permanent and temporary exhibitions as well as community events.

The museum is planned to open by 2022 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Vietnamese refugee settlement in Australia.


To build the first Vietnamese Museum Australia and preserve the history, culture and retell stories of first-generation Vietnamese refugees who came to Australia.



A crucial element of the journey, a symbol of great struggle, turmoil, pain and heaviness. It also stands for the very element which has led to hope, in carrying the people to a new land.


An important part of the culture of Vietnam. Serves as a key construction material in traditional Vietnamese Architecture. It also symbolizes endurance and the essence of the Vietnamese soul: hardworking, optimism, unity, and adaptability.


Be a part 

of history

Submit Artefacts

The Vietnamese Museum Australia will harness the power of historic photographs, documents and artifacts to help tell the stories of all those who played a part in, or were a part of Vietnamese refugee settlement in Australia.

If you have or know of any who have belongings and priceless keepsakes that may be interested in donating to the museum please contact us. 

Share Your Story

Preserve our history by telling the story of your journey so future generations understand the sacrifices their ancestors made and why they made them.

We will provide a way for you to share your story digitally so that it will never be lost. 

Be a part of history and tell your story to our community.

Support Us

This project is the largest undertaken the Vietnamese Community here in Australia has ever committed to.

Donations will suport our development of the museum building & facilities, education programs and exhibitions.

Your gift, large or small will contribute to the preservation of Vietnamese Australian history.

I believe that if I don't tell my story now and if nobody else does either, then no one will know our story; and our future generations will grow up missing out the little pieces of history that make them who they are.

- Thanh Tran, First Generation Vietnamese Australian


Phong Nguyen

Chair Person/Fundraising Lead

0411 756 552

Diep Nguyen

Content & Collections Lead

0415 747 934

Albert Le

Marketing Lead

0412 174 760

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