Italians come from many different backgrounds with strong regional affiliations that continue to inform Italian-Australian identities. They departed from Italy for many reasons to seek opportunities in the New World. Italian-Australians have developed a unique culture by relating their traditions, knowledge and customs to local contents and values.
The layout of the Museo Italiano is broadly chronological and, through its themes, represents the journey of Italian migrant families to Australia, from the early days of European settlement. The exhibition also has as its backbone an illuminated Timeline, highlighting significant and parallel events in the history of Italy, Australia and the Italian migration story. The themes represented within the Museo are: Departures, Making Lives, Settlement, Interactions, Identity.