ANZ Bank Museum
ANZ Bank Museum
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The ANZ Banking museum has temporarily closed - however it is worth visiting the ANZ Branch next door at 388 Collins Street Melbourne Vic 3000. Completed by The English, Scottish and Australia Bank, in May 1887, the 'Gothic' Bank (as it's known) was designed by William Wardell. The building is an example of secular Gothic, the style is restrained externally, and internally graceful and ornate.
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Jeffry b
Essendon, Australia13,353 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Solo
The cathedral-esque ANZ Bank boats gilded ceilings. This sandstone monument to commerce is truly stunning. The ANZ Bank Museum is located in Collins St. The ANZ Bank has been thriving since the days of the Great Australian Gold Rush.
Written 5 December 2023
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Oldjack
Greater Melbourne, Australia28,773 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023
Those were the days when they built banks to impress customers and this one was built by the English, Scottish and Australian Chartered Bank in 1887, later acquired by ANZ as operated as their HQ. Although the museum was not open and the Stock Exchange is now a restaurant, a visit to what it was like back then is worthwhile.
Written 27 August 2023
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Jeffry b
Essendon, Australia13,353 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022
The ANZ Bank Museum is being renovated and will reopen in mid 2023. You cannot enter the Museum now, but the Gothic Bank, which adjoins the Museum, is worth a look even if you are not an ANZ Bank customer. The Gothic Bank is from the same era as the Museum. It is listed on the National Trust registry.
Written 12 December 2022
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jeffryb
Keysborough, Australia366 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020
The ANZ Bank Museum was constructed when a glorious banking chamber was evidence of wealth and soundness. In the 19th century, banks did fail, so the bank had to make a favourable impression on their potential customers. This Museum is a wonderful reminder of an age when money was precious.
Written 8 October 2020
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Peter M
Melbourne, Australia1,293 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
This is the only Bank Museum in Australia now that Westpac Museum in The Rocks has closed. The NAB has archives at Wantirna but closed to the public. The ANZ Bank Museum is down stairs from the street and is next to the ANZ Gothic branch. It opened in 1995 to celebrate 150 years of the beginning of the ANZ. The Museum is well worth a look as has the build up of how the ANZ was formed from mrgers with the Union Bank, ES&A Bank and how it took over banks ike the Bank of Adelaide. It also has displays of money bixes and other interesting items. I even got a big book on the ANZ Bank. It is closed now due to the COVID 19 but when pen is open from 10-00AM to 3-00PM. weekdays. It ios free and well woth a visit.
Written 3 May 2020
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Jeffry b
Essendon, Australia13,353 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
The ANZ Bank is the result of the merging of several British banks operating in Australia. The Gothic Bank was the banking chamber of the English, Scottish and Australian Bank (ES&A). It opened for business in 1887 and it's still a functioning bank. It's worth taking a look even if you're not an ANZ customer, it's a magnificent sight. The Esanda finance company derived its name from the ES&A Bank. In the old days, a magnificent banking chamber helped convince customers that the bank was sound.
Written 23 April 2020
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Culinary-Consultants
Ferrara, Italy3,745 contributions
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Aug 2019
As per history this Gothic Bank was the first building to be constructed and is an example of the first Gothic style in the city. It was designed by William Wardell, to fairly detailed specifications laid out by the General Manager, Sir George Verdon.

The style is restrained externally, and internally graceful and ornate. It is secular Gothic, although Wardell had previously made a name for himself through church architecture.

Apparently the works began in 1883 and the building was opened in May 1887, a year late. Although it doesn't seem much, but the final cost was over £77,000, almost twice the budget; today this will be a huge bill with lots of zeros I assume.

The entire ground floor was established as the banking chamber, and the first and second floors as a residence for the General Manager. Sir George Verdon moved into the residence in 1888 and remained there until his retirement. In 1934 the Lyceum Club leased these rooms and used them until 1957.

ANZ Banking Museum illustrates the history of Australian banking and financial services. It displays banking equipment, manuscripts and illustrations from the ANZ bank as a substantial archive.

The exhibition is illustrated by a unique collection of historic moneyboxes and other banking paraphernalia and houses in a magnificent gothic building. I did not see unfortunately a gift shop, but the pictures will do. This is a must and we highly recommend it.
Written 6 February 2020
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Alistair S
Wellington, New Zealand19 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
Beautiful restoration and great to see it's still a working bank branch. ANZ haven't been the best of corporate citizens lately but their care and guardianship of this historic building helps a bit. Don't forget to see both chambers, and to view it from the outside too.
Written 21 November 2019
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EndlessTravels
Greater Melbourne, Australia38,277 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
You don’t have to visit museum to enjoy this lovely building. It’s an actual working bank in a beautiful historic building
Written 23 October 2019
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Angela K
Melbourne, Australia106 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019 • Family
This bank is still in ise and has so much history and items to look at. The adjoining mosaic floor is amazing.
Written 12 October 2019
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