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. Put Golden Dragon Museum into our Bendigo trip itinerary builder to see other points of interest to visit during your vacation in Bendigo.
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  • August 4, 2017
    It certainly is a long dragon at the Dragon Museum and is just beautiful to look at. I had no idea of the history of Bendigo and this Museum is a great piece of history. The volunteers are helpful and...  more »
  • August 2, 2017
    The museum itself has some nice pieces to look at, with most either behind glass or rope, but you can spend anywhere from 5 minutes to half an hour looking at them. I was curious how some of those ite...  more »
  • July 30, 2017
    It was very dark inside due to the artefacts, I found it hard to read the information on each item. It's not a place for kids under 16 they'll be bored out of their minds  more »
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  • A great local treasure. Some amazing displays and great history teachings. My daughter loved it.
  • This is a must-visit for any tourist (and local) to Bendigo. Spectacular displays of Chinese dragons, history, artefacts, commentary, involvement in Bendigo gold mining, with helpful staff (thanks Thea). Relevant items for sale in shop. Adjacent beautiful Chinese Garden included in modest entry. Especially useful with current Chinese interest in Australia.
  • N7ce little museum in bendigo offering chinese history. You gotta see the 60 foot dragon which goes around the entire museum
  • Love the Chinese Gardens here! So tranquil, hard to believe that you are so close to the main street.
  • Absolutely amazing, so much history and excellent area. Would recommend a visit.

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