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.
Unique Kelly documents including the only existing letter written by Ned himself! Discover clips and a rare advertising poster from one of the world’s first feature films – The Story of the Kelly Gang - and find out why the film was banned in Victoria.
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
Victoria was at the forefront of the world-wide democratic government movement. Victoria was the first place in the world where voting was carried out in secret and Victorian women led the world in the movement for equal rights.
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 license!
Open Sunday to Friday (closed every Saturday) : Free entry
As part of Law Week 2013, OTB has displayed this notorious Melbourne criminals prison records. And coming soon: Barry Dickens on Squizzy Taylor.
The commemorative DVD "Lost Stories of the Old Treasury Building" is now available on our YouTube channel! The Governor and others who have worked in the building speak about the Old Treasury, their personal stories and historical facts.
The Sound of Buildings is an audio exploration of Melbourne’s most architecturally significant buildings.
Available free as an interactive iPhone and iPad app, The Sound of Buildings provides listeners with a deeper level of understanding and context for the selected buildings, as well highlighting Melbourne’s diverse architecture and urban spaces through cultural, monuments, government, residential, commercial, transport, education, health and sporting projects.
The Sound of Buildings Vol. 2 takes you behind the walls of ten of Melbourne’s most significant buildings such as Old Treasury Building, The Royal Children’s Hospital, Arts Centre Melbourne’s Hamer Hall and Flinders Street Station.
Features fantastic, vibrant tram art from 1979 to 1992 including works by Michael Leunig, Mental as Anything, Jeffrey Makin and Erica McGilchrist. Also on display are photos of rare early historic photos of trams and various memorabilia including early conductor uniforms. An illustrated timeline including horse trams, electric and cable trams and the historical 1910 film of Melbourne featuring cable trams rattling though the city are on display.
Old Treasury has an App!
The app 'OOKL' is available free in your app market. Made for iPhone, iPad and Android, this app will tell you more about individual collection items and includes the 'OTB Top 10'! The ten most significant and exciting items held in our collection. Download it today!
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.