Behind the Lines 2016

Behind the Lines 2016

  The Year’s Best Political Cartoons Top hat crowns and daggers: what is your political destiny? In 2016 a sense of destiny seemed to reshape the broad contours of the political landscape both i...
Melbourne as National Capital

Melbourne as National Capital

Federation By 1900 all of the six self-governing colonies of Australia had resolved to join together to form a new nation. It would be called Australia. The new Commonwealth of Australia came...
Melbourne: Foundations of a City

Melbourne: Foundations of a City

From bucolic village to bustling metropolis in forty years – this exhibition tells the story of the astonishing growth of Melbourne.
Wild Colonial Boys

Wild Colonial Boys

If you thought you knew all about Victoria’s bushrangers, think again. There’s far more to it than the story of Ned Kelly.

Victorian Archival Treasures

Discover the stories attached to rare and interesting original documents, maps and photographs from the state’s archives at Public Record Office Victoria.

Growing up in Old Treasury

Experience the lives of John Maynard (the Old Treasury’s caretaker), his wife and their eight children who lived in the Old Treasury Building from 1916-1928. Walk through the living rooms of their home, f...

Built on Gold

See the Old Treasury Building vaults which were used to store the gold bullion mined during the gold rush. The vaults now host a multimedia exhibition Built on Gold which follows the journey of Victorian...

Melbourne Panorama

View the restored and re-installed historic photographic panorama, one of the most fascinating and popular interpretative features on display at the Old Treasury Building. This 360 degree photographic...

The Governor

Australia is a constitutional monarchy and a parliamentary democracy. The Queen is formally Australia’s head of state and is represented by the Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia and by a...
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Soldier On: WWI Soldier Settler Stories

The Victorian Soldier Settlement Scheme was heralded as a new beginning. Servicemen and women returning from fighting in World War 1 were offered blocks of farm land to help rebuild their lives. This exhibition...

School Days: Education in Victoria

Closed 25 October, 2015 Travel back in time to classrooms from the late 1800s onwards in this exhibition. ‘School Days: Education in Victoria’ Exhibition features classroom stories, school photographs, old...

Sailing Into Melbourne

Sailing into Melbourne showcased approximately 20 major records from the collection of Public Records Office Victoria, covering the devastating shipwreck of the Royal Charter in 1856, grim stories of quarantine...

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, col...
Trams: Moving Pictures

Trams: Moving Pictures

Closed 1 November 2013. View photographs from opening night here . Between 1978 and 1993 the Ministry for the Arts initiated the ‘Transporting Art’ project. The Ministry and a number of sponsors comm...
Gold & Governors: 150 years of the Old Treasury Building

Gold & Governors: 150 years of the Old Treasury Building

Closes November 30, 2012. View photos from the opening night here . Old Treasury Building is celebrating its 150th Anniversary during 2012. John James Clark was the 19 year old architect of the Old...
Missing the Mark

Missing the Mark

This exhibition displays a large number of the original entries to the Landmark Ideas Competition. The entrants were to submit designs for the area now known as Federation Square. The entries on the...
Sidestreets and Laneways

Sidestreets and Laneways

Melbourne's laneways exhibition is a photographic exploration of the laneways and little streets of Melbourne's CBD, 'the village within the city'. This was a photographic project undertaken by a passionate...
Westgate Bridge Collapse: 40 Years On

Westgate Bridge Collapse: 40 Years On

Exhibition closed 27 March 2011. View photos from opening night here . On 15 October 1970, while it was under construction, the West Gate Bridge collapsed. In a few horrifying seconds thirty-five workers...