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Old Treasury Building, Melbourne

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Architectural Building · Hidden Gem · History Museum
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Uncover the secrets of Melbourne’s rich history at Old Treasury Building, a museum featuring early city maps and a narrative of the first European settlement in the Port Philip District, which later developed into a thriving urban area. Housed in one of the finest 19th-century buildings in Australia, the museum also features a permanent exhibition exploring the themes of indigenous Victorians, Ned Kelly and his gang, and the Gold Rush. Displays inspired by the epic story of the Victorian gold discoveries showcase Melbourne’s history during its transformation from a struggling settlement town into a bustling international city. Make a stop here to see a dynamic combination of artifacts, images, and multimedia exhibits bringing history to life. Arrange your visit to Old Treasury Building and discover more family-friendly attractions in Melbourne using our Melbourne attractions planner.
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  • Interesting for a short interesting stroll through a museum. Entrance is free. The old safes were fascinating and some of the history described of the time when it was still in use. 
    Interesting for a short interesting stroll through a museum. Entrance is free. The old safes were fascinating and some of the history described of the time when it was still in use.  more »
  • In 1851, the Great Australian Gold Rush took off. Soon, torrents of the precious metal were pouring into Melbourne. It was decided that a Treasury Building, with vaults to hold tons of gold, was... 
    In 1851, the Great Australian Gold Rush took off. Soon, torrents of the precious metal were pouring into Melbourne. It was decided that a Treasury Building, with vaults to hold tons of gold, was...  more »
  • This museum always has interesting exhibits, often about lesser known aspects of the history of Melbourne and Victoria. 
    This museum always has interesting exhibits, often about lesser known aspects of the history of Melbourne and Victoria.  more »
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  • BEAUTIFUL OLD BUILDING ADJACENT TO PARLIAMENT HOUSE Melbourne is blessed with colonial era buildings. This is great example. Once the state treasury building it now serves as a museum space. Located at the top end of town on Spring Street.
  • This place is amazing! Quite apart from the beautiful old building designed by a 19 year old, the museum blew me away. It is underrated and a hidden gem. We found it by accident during Open House Melbourne and was astonished by the depth and detail in the history that was display. I highly recommend every Victorian/Australian visit this place. There was so much information with photos, original documents (the executioner’s book!), news articles and personal stories. The people who put this together should be commended, they have done a fantastic job - it is up-to-date within the last few years. It is not publicised very well and the map location pin is not accurate for the entrance, but it’s a must see! I want to go back.
  • A beautiful building, inside and out. There are always ever-changing, interesting exhibits to see. Go down into the bowels of the building and literally stand on over a million dollars worth of gold.
  • A great museum, and think its exhibition varies in time. Building was well maintained and the overall heritage buildings and parks around here were greatly preserved.
  • Great museum for anyone looking to learn more about the history of Melbourne. Some exhibits are a little text heavy, but overall an interesting experience with a cool ground floor

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