Documenting and preserving the stories and the images of the people and places of Melbourne's West since 1984



Visitor Centre
Pipemakers Park, Van Ness Avenue,
Maribyrnong. Melway Map 28 B10

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Melbourne’s Living Museum of the West is a community Museum which actively involves the people of Melbourne’s West and others in documenting, preserving and interpreting the richness and depth of the region’s social, industrial and environmental history.

Melbourne's Living Museum of the West is Australia's first 'ecomuseum' and is based on ideas about inclusive and community museums that were first developed by Sven Lindqvist (Sweden), Georges Henri Riviere and Hugues de Varine (France) in the late 1960s early 1970s.

Established in 1984, in Footscray, by people such as Joan Kirner, Olwen Ford, Eva Yencken and David Yencken the Museum has focused on the region to the west of Melbourne, the industrial heartland of Melbourne that is of great significance to the history of Australia. By collecting the personal stories and images of people who have lived, worked and migrated to that region; and by helping them to preserve, interpret and document their history the Museum endeavours to preserve and convey some important aspects and otherwise missing links within Australia's history.

october 2018


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LMW is supported by Parks Victoria and the City of Maribyrnong