The Old Treasury Building is one of Melbourne's finest 19th century buildings. Visit this exciting museum, showcasing the history of Melbourne and Victoria.

The building is located on the land of the Kulin Nations. We acknowledge and pay our respects to the Traditional Custodians, past and present.

Opening Hours

10am - 4pm
Sunday to Friday
(closed Saturdays)


General visit FREE (self-guided)
(Donations welcome)

School and guided tours by appointment. Fees apply.


20 Spring Street
Melbourne 3000

Gold Rush: 20 Objects, 20 Stories- On display until 26 May 2019

Discover the turbulent tale of Victoria's gold rush through just 20 Objects. From intriguing archaeological artefacts, to a frilled crinoline dress, each object has an unexpected story to tell!

A Nation Divided: The Great War and Conscription- On display until December 2019

The debate over conscription during the darkest years of the Great War has been described by some historians as the most bitter, divisive and violent ever to consume the nation.


  • The Australian Sketchbook: Colonial life and art of ST Gill

    Samuel Thomas Gill was well-known as ‘the artist of the goldfields’, his many sketches and watercolours depicting the daily life of diggers in search of that elusive metal – gold. Dr Dianne Reilly AM FRHSV, former La Trobe Librarian of the State Library of Victoria and co-founder o...

    1 July at 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
  • Introducing ‘Gold Rush: 20 objects, 20 stories’

    The new exhibition Gold Rush: 20 Objects 20 Stories presents the turbulent tale of Victoria’s gold rush through the individual stories of 20 objects. Gold was first discovered in Australia in 1851 – first in New South Wales and then in Victoria. The lure of gold was huge. It represented the oppo...

    4 July at 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
  • Diggers on the road to Bendigo, ST Gill

    This watercolour by Samuel Thomas (S.T.) Gill depicts two men and a boy, walking along a dirt track carrying utensils and mining tools. In the distance is a cart. The image is taken from Gills book The Gold Fields of Victoria during 1852 and 3 comprising fifty original gold sketches of life and char...

    12 July at 11:00 AM - 11:30 AM