See the earliest maps of Melbourne and descriptions of the European settlement of Melbourne in 1835. Discover how the Port Philip District was illegally settled by Batman and Fawkner and then developed into a thriving city.
The story of Victoria’s gold - its journey and legacy in the years 1852-1862. The wealth from the goldfields funded what is widely considered one of the finest and most significant nineteenth century public buildings in Australia. The Old Treasury Building was commissioned in 1857 to store the gold bullion pouring into Melbourne
Learn about the stories of Indigenous Victorians from their earliest contact with European settlers to the struggles of one family in the twentieth century and see key documents created by Aboriginal leaders in their quest for control of their own lives.
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.
What can I see?
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 and you may earn yourself a gold licence!
Open Sunday to Friday (closed every Saturday), Free entry (schools and groups by appointment ONLY)
School Days; Education in Victoria exhibition is a history of more than 150 years of schooling in Victoria.
This exhibition will appeal to young and old: children currently attending school can compare their own school life with the different methods of past decades; adults will experience nostalgia for their own school days.
An exciting Public Program accompanies this exhibition, view it here.
Behind the Scenes tours
Early Melbourne Paintings & the Executive Council Chamber are part of this exclusive chance to see this private collection of stunning paintings ranging from the 1840s to the 1870s. This collection of wonderful paintings provides an insiders glimpse of the early beginnings of the colony of Melbourne and offers an insight into the life of Melbournians.
Early Melbourne Paintings kindly on loan from the Roy Morgan Research Centre collection.
TOURS: Monday 20 July at 2pm Sunday 16 August at 11am or by appointment.
As part of our 'School Days' public program, Old Treasury are hosting FREE floor talks twice an month.
Second & fourth Tuesday of the month at 11am 26 May- 'Women in Education' with Gabrielle Keating 9 June- 'Aboriginal Schools' with Lynne Robertson 23 June- 'School Life and Curriculum' with Gabrielle Keating 14 July- 'Punishment' with Rosalind Mearns 28 July- 'Schools go to War' with Helen Marson
Programs relate to the AusVELS, in particular History, Civics and Citizenship, and the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE).
Phone: 03 9651 2233
Old Treasury Building invites teachers and students to visit the fascinating ‘Victorian Archival Treasures’ exhibitions. Students can discover the stories attached to the rare and interesting original documents, maps and photographs from the state archive collection of Public Record Office Victoria (PROV).
Students can also explore the gold vaults and the impact of gold on early Melbourne and the new colony of Victoria. ‘Growing up in Old Treasury’ relates the story of the caretaker John Maynard and his family who lived in the basement of the building from 1916-1928.