In one of history's great migrations, more than ten million people have crossed the world to settle in Australia.
Was your family among them? The Welcome Wall stands in honour of all those who have migrated to live in Australia with registered names engraved in bronze.
As the Welcome Wall approaches its 20th birthday, the museum is planning an exciting Welcome Wall renewal program which will feature improved facilities, access and even greater capacity for new names. More details on this important development will be announced in early 2019.
Currently Welcome Wall registrations are temporarily on hold. You can register your interest here to be the first to hear when registrations re-open.
The museum holds regular unveiling ceremonies to commemorate new registrants who have inscribed their family names on the wall. See our Welcome Wall Unveiling page for the latest dates.
Twice a year new panels of names are unveiled with a ceremony. The next ceremony is planned for 23 September 2018.
It is a free public event and all are welcome to join.
Visiting the Wall
The arrival of waves of migrants by boat and plane is one of the major themes in Australia’s history. Located outdoors on the museum's northern boundary, the wall faces Darling Harbour and Pyrmont Bay where some of the many new settlers arrived.
Accessible all year-round, take a stroll along the bronzed panels and learn more about the migration experience as well as reading the names engraved. See Museum map for more details.
Exploring the Online Welcome Wall
Find a name and read the stories of people who struggled against poverty and of people who struck it rich - from involuntary migrants such as convicts from the First Fleet, unaccompanied migrant children in the Big Brother Movement, post-war refugees and migrants of more recent times who’ve chosen modern Australia as a place to settle. You can also use the Welcome Wall kiosk in the museum's foyer to search and read people's stories.
Updating your online records
The online Welcome Wall is currently undergoing a major upgrade and will be released soon. If you wish to make changes to your records please contact the Welcome Wall desk and we will update the records for you. You will be contacted once the new online Welcome Wall is ready.
Phone: +61 (02) 9298 3667