Streets of Melbourne

This exhibition provides a unique opportunity for Melbournians to explore the stories behind their city. Visitors can put a ‘face to the name’ as they traverse the grid, learning more of our explorers, colonial origins, founding fathers and events in our city’s past.

Melbourne’s rectangular grid design has been the very basis of its identity as a city from its beginnings. The design has stood the test of time with little change to its pattern since it was laid down in 1837 by Robert Hoddle.

The exhibition includes a brief history and biography of Hoddle and the development of the Hoddle Grid. The exhibition displays never before seen records from the Public Record Office Victoria collection including, Hoddle’s original plan of Melbourne, early maps, rare field books and letters.

Exhibition closes 18 May, 2014.
Please note: Over Easter, Old Treasury will be CLOSED Good Friday and Easter Sunday but will be open Easter Monday.

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 

Group visits by schools and community groups are welcome by appointment, costs apply.

Chinese, Japanese, Korean and Spanish translations of OTB brochure click here.

Behind the Scenes Tours

Early Melbourne Paintings and Executive Council Chambers

Mondays at 2pm*, other times by appointment only.
*subject to room availability (no tour on April 28)

Early Melbourne Paintings & the Executive Council Chamber are part of this exclusive chance to see this private collection of stunning paintings from the 1840s to the 1870s.

This exhibition is kindly on loan from the Roy Morgan Research Centre collection.

The collection of wonderful paintings provides an insider’s glimpse of the early beginnings of the colony of Melbourne and offers an insight into the life of Melbournians from the 1840s to 1870s.

Bookings essential, 12 places per tour

Cost: $8 Adults

Bookings: 9651 2233 or

This collection is only available until mid-May, 2014.


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 Exciting New Development
 for Old Treasury Museum
 in 2014

Have you ever visited Old Treasury Building’s beautiful old gold vaults? Housed in Vault 5 is one of the most fascinating and popular interpretative features on display at the Old Treasury Building.

In 1862 the prolific photographer Charles Nettleton (1826-1902) climbed onto the Parliament House roof and took a series of superb photographs of Melbourne. The new gold rush city had emerged just 27 years after Batman and Fawkner first settled the town. Visible are familiar sights including the Old Treasury Building, St Patricks Cathedral under construction and even the Melbourne Club.

This project was funded by the Copland Foundation. The vista has been juxtaposed with an 'exact' panoramic replica of Melbourne in 2012. This new interpretation of Melbourne’s history, 150 years after the original photograph, will be a compelling and moving experience for visitors.

Stay in touch with Old Treasury Building by subscribing to our e-news as well as Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news on our exciting new exhibition. You can view the progress here.



School Programs

New GEOGRAPHY AusVELS resource- fantastic 'Streets of Melbourne' education support materials for teachers (see School Programs). Students can get the most out of this exhibition by completing the activities which have been developed by the Geography Teachers’ Association of Victoria Inc. (GTAV) in conjunction with Surveying Taskforce – answers supplied. Note the links to the new Australian Year 9 Geography Curriculum.

 Old Treasury Building invites teachers and students to visit the new 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.


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