Old Treasury Building
Old Treasury Building
4.5
Architectural BuildingsHistory Museums
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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Sitting at the top end of Collins Street in the Melbourne CBD, the Old Treasury Building is widely regarded as one of the finest 19th century buildings in Australia. The Old Treasury building was designed by nineteen-year-old architect JJ Clark and built between 1858 and 1862. The Old Treasury Building hosts the original gold vaults where gold bullion was stored during the gold rush era, as well as rare and historic documents from Public Record Office Victoria highlighting key moments from Victoria’s history. Come and explore the intriguing gold vaults! Tours are available on the last Sunday of the month for $15 per person. Tickets through the Old Treasury Building website.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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Ron M
Menasha, WI423 contributions
Feb 2024 • Couples
My wife and I stopped in here on a short trip to Melbourne. This is a well-done history museum in what used to be the treasure building. There are numerous displays depicting the history of Melbourne as well as detailed descriptions of the gold rush and the impact it had on the city's grown, population, etc. The gold rush history includes the interaction and effect on the indigenous people. About half of the displays are in the old vaults on the lower level...pretty cool to see those and the living quarters that had been there. This was a fun find and a great way to spend an hour or two.
Written 20 February 2024
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Thanks for your review! Great to hear you enjoyed your visit.
Written 20 February 2024
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flo220
New York City, NY331 contributions
Oct 2023 • Couples
19th century building with exhibits about Melbourne. We particularly liked the panorama and the gold exhibits. Interesting and small but free and close to other attractions such as Parliament. Worth a visit
Written 7 December 2023
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Thanks for your review! The vaults are a great feature. Glad you enjoyed your visit.
Written 20 February 2024
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Jeffry b
Essendon, Australia14,047 contributions
Jun 2023 • Solo
The Old Treasury Building was built in 1869 to store the copious amounts of gold flowing from the Victorian goldfields. The Great Australian Gold Rush dated from 1851. Apart from the gold, it was also an office for the Victorian Treasury. These days, visitors can inspect the vaults; there are also a number of exhibitions, including the changing role of women and the evolution of work. Entry is free.
Written 30 June 2023
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Thanks for your review 619jeffry! Glad you enjoyed your visit.
Written 3 July 2023
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Jeffry b
Essendon, Australia14,047 contributions
Dec 2022
The Old Treasury Building is one of Australia's finest public buildings remaining from the 19th century. It is built in Renaissance style, from sandstone. After over a century's exposure to Melbourne's variable climate and industrial pollutants, the exterior of the Old Treasury Building will be shrouded in scaffolding to allow for restoration to proceed in the first part of 2023. The interior will remain open. The Old Treasury Building is at the "Paris End" of Collins Street, Melbourne's main commercial thoroughfare. By the way, entry is free.
Written 3 January 2023
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Thanks for your review 619jeffry! Hopefully the beautiful exterior will be revealed again soon!
Written 5 March 2023
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ModernDayTimeTraveler
Chicago, IL354 contributions
Nov 2022 • Solo
In Melbourne for the first time for work and had a little time to kill. I always for local history museums if I can and this did not disappoint! I spent just over an hour here and was really impressed with the variety and quality of information. The volunteer who greeted me was incredibly friendly and shared some extra details about the building and the exhibitions. The best part is that it’s FREE! I definitely left with a better understanding of how Melbourne came to be and some important moments in its history. The replica gold nugget in the vault looks too big to be true. Could you imagine being the prospector who dug that up?!
Written 28 November 2022
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Thanks for your review ModernDayTimeTravel! Glad you enjoyed your visit. The nugget is indeed a wonder to behold!
Written 5 March 2023
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JoanieM620
Grantsburg, WI197 contributions
Oct 2022
I was expecting a museum about the Treasury/money. This is so much more. The history of Melbourne is on display here, presented in a very interesting way. A very interesting way to spend an afternoon.
Written 17 November 2022
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Thanks for your review JoanieM620! Glad you enjoyed your visit.
Written 5 March 2023
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Michael-4551
Caloundra, Australia5,458 contributions
Aug 2022
Visited on Monday 29th August. I have always admired this building and made the most of the opportunity to have a look inside, it didn't disappoint, Personally I found there was too much information to read, more inter active displays would have been better.
Written 28 October 2022
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Thanks for your review Michael-4551! We pack a lot of information into a small space! Glad you enjoyed your visit.
Written 5 March 2023
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FinAus traveller
Espoo, Finland41 contributions
Jul 2022
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.
Written 31 July 2022
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Thanks for your review FinAus-Traveller! Glad you enjoyed your visit.
Written 17 August 2022
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Jeffry b
Essendon, Australia14,047 contributions
May 2022
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 required. Had the massive vaults been filled, the value would have been astronomical. Alas, the gold boom was tapering off by the time the Treasury Building was completed. Even so, the Treasury Building remains one of Australia's finest buildings constructed in Renaissance style. Entry is free.
Written 10 May 2022
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Thanks for your review 619jeffry! The vaults are indeed impressive! I'm glad you enjoyed your visit.
Written 20 June 2022
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Roving520738
3 contributions
Mar 2021
This museum always has interesting exhibits, often about lesser known aspects of the history of Melbourne and Victoria.
Written 22 February 2022
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Thanks for your review Roving520738! I hope you have been able to view our latest exhibition 'Lost Jobs: The Changing World of Work'.
Written 20 June 2022
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