Golden Dragon Museum, Bendigo

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Learn about Chinese culture at Golden Dragon Museum. Start by looking at traditional costumes of Bendigo's Chinese community from the late 19th century. Next, see the world's largest collection of imperial dragons, which are used in traditional dragon dances. The longest of these, Sun Loong, measures over 100 m (328 ft). You can also view the John St. Alban collection of opulent furniture and decorations from late Qing Dynasty palaces and temples. The museum houses a collection of wax figures, including one of Sun Yat-sen, from the town's long-closed Dai Gum San Wax Works. And don't leave without checking out the Horrie Bridges Collection of Chinese currency dating back to the Qin Dynasty. Bring your camera because you can take photos in the galleries. Before you head to Bendigo, plan trip itinerary details with our user-friendly Bendigo tour itinerary planner, to make sure you see all that Bendigo has to offer, including Golden Dragon Museum.
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  • Vast collection of mainly 19th century Chinese artifacts. Very detailed descriptions of the life & times of the Chinese in Bendigo really brings the history alive. I loved this museum and spent 3 hour...  more »
  • So worth the time! I thought it would be a quick visit but there are so many fabulous things on display that we were there for ages! Looking forward to the new venue.  more »
  • The staff were very friendly explaining the highlights in the museum. It was great to see the huge dragon and the jade carriage  more »
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  • Rich chinese history. Appreciated how tough the early chinese had to do it. The artifacts are amazing
  • A good museum, an impressive collection of Chinese coins, lots of original antique artefacts. Ticket includes Chinese garden and temple of the Mercy goddess.
  • Completely unmaintained for the past few years, wooden structures are rotten, paint is falling off, lake is unbelievably dirty. The fundings are probably pocketed by the organizations, there is just no maintenance at all.
  • Some antiques stuff even you can't find from the Museums in China. Astonishing history stories can let you stay there few hours. It really worth to visit. Also the lovely Chinese garden in another side of Museum .
  • A little dark and depressing but definitely an interesting stop during my visit to Bendigo. Excellent insite to a different aspect to our history.

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