Museo Italiano Virtual Reality Tour

CO.AS.IT.’s new online Museo Italiano Virtual Reality Tour offers a unique opportunity to experience a personal tour of Carlton’s renowned Museo Italiano Exhibition at your convenience and from the comfort of your computer or personal device. Wander through the exhibition spaces at your own pace and discover the special stories behind some of the Museo’s fascinating objects. Special features of this personalised tour include highlights from the1962 film, The Spag by highly acclaimed Italian-born Director Giorgio Mangiamele. Recognised as one of the first films made in Victoria by a migrant about the migrant experience, The Spag was filmed in the local streets of Carlton and tells the story of a newspaper boy working to support his widowed mother. The film is Neo-Realist in style and features the Australian actor Terry Donovan when he was a young boy.

Open the Museo Italiano Virtual Reality Tour

Established in 2010 and located in the heart of Carlton, Museo Italiano is the only permanent exhibition of its kind in Australia. Rare objects, images and stories from CO.AS.IT.’s Italian Historical Society, and engaging multimedia presentations celebrate Italian immigration and its invaluable contribution to the development of Melbourne, Victoria and Australia.

Nominated for a 2022 Victorian Museums and Galleries Association Award as part of the Italian Carlton Project.


 Open House Melbourne

This event is part of the Open House Melbourne Weekend 2023 running across Saturday 29 and Sunday 30 July.

Educational programs
Offering a special education program for teachers of Italian, English and SOSE – with self-guided or staff-led options – Museo Italiano is the perfect place for your next excursion!
School visits
Further research
The IHS has extensive collections of historic materials documenting the Italian presence in Australia. These are made available to scholars, writers and the community to assist them in family and community research.
Temporary exhibitions and events

Complementing the Museo's permanent collections, Co.As.It. regularly hosts temporary exhibitions and cultural events.
(Photo: ©Emilio Cresciani)

Cultural program