9.30am - 5.00pm
1 - 11 Bridge Street Bendigo
Postal Address: PO Box 877
Bendigo VIC 3552
Telephone: +61 3 5441 5044
Facsimile: +61 3 5443 3127
Museum Virtual Tours
Come and virtually visit the galleries and precinct with a tour by Mawby Creative.
EXHIBITS AND COLLECTIONS1880s textile collection of the Bendigo Chinese Association
The Bendigo Chinese Association imported costumes from Canton (Guangzhou) for the Easter Fair in 1882. More pieces were imported for the 1892 fair, and early in the twentieth century, the dwindling Beechworth Chinese community donated items dating from the 1870s. These historic processional costumes combine to create a rich and diverse cast of symbolic characters that originate from the highly theatrical world of Chinese opera.
Images of the collection
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1880s textile collection of the Bendigo Chinese Association Book
On permanent display is Loong - the worlds oldest Imperial dragon from the 19th century. Listed on the Victorian Heritage Register (VHR) Number 2120.
Sun Loong (New Dragon)
Sun Loong is the worlds longest Imperial Dragon. On display, his body stretches around the purpose built Sun Loong gallery. Sun Loong arrived in 1970, and appears every year in the Easter Festival Gala Parade.
Horrie Bridges Collection
Horrie Bridges was a local Bendigo man with a passion for collecting foreign currency. Over many years and several trips to China he amassed a comprehensive collection of Chinese currency. He donated this to the museum in 1991. The collection contains several Zhou Dynasty era pieces of knife money. The earliest round coins in the collection are two Qin Dynasty ones. From there the collection of ancient Chinese coinage is vast and comprehensive. Horrie Bridges also collected paper money. All of the paper items are from the 20th century. There are notes from the Republic of China era, 1912-1949, there are notes from the People's Republic as well as some rare notes from Manchukuo. This collection is believed to be the largest collection of Chinese currency on display anywhere in Australia.
Dai Gum San Wax Works Collection
The Dai Gum San Wax Works closed down in the late 1980s. It contained a range of wax Chinese figures including a likeness of Dr Sun Yat-sen. All these figures were given into the care of the Bendigo Chinese Association and when the Golden Dragon Museum opened they were an important part of the displays. These wax figures were made in Hong Kong by Vivian Sun. They arrived in Bendigo in 1973.
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- Access for People With Assistance Animals
Disability Assistance Dogs and Service Animals are welcome into the museum.
- For more information
If you are planning to bring in a group that has particular access requirements, or if you would like further information about accessibility at the Golden Dragon Museum, please contact us on 5441 5044.
- Photography in galleries
You may take photographs or use a video camera in the galleries, but not with a tripod, monopod or supplementary video lighting.
Flash photography is not permitted.
Photographs or videos taken in the Galleries may only be for personal use. The Museum Management does not permit commercial use of any kind, without authorisation. Applications for commercial use must be submitted in writing for consideration.