Koorie Heritage Trust
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Koorie Heritage Trust information
Devoted to southeastern Aboriginal culture, this cultural centre displays interesting artefacts and oral history. Its gallery spaces show a variety of contemporary and traditional work, a model scar tree at the centre’s heart, and a permanent chronological display of Victorian Koorie history. Behind the scenes, significant objects are carefully preserved; replicas that can be touched by visitors are used in the displays. It's in the process of relocating, so check the website for details.
They also run highly recommended tours to Flagstaff Gardens and along the Yarra, which puts the area into context with irrevocable changes to both the people and the place. Its impact on all senses evokes memories that lie beneath the modern city. Tours are mainly for school groups, but it's normally OK to tag along; call ahead to enquire.
Another reason to visit is its shop, which sells books on Aboriginal culture, CDs, crafts and bush-food supplies.