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

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

A Nation Divided: The Great War and Conscription- On display until December 2018

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.


  • 1883: Railway Linking Melbourne and Sydney Opens

    In 1883, in Albury, New South Wales, two train lines met! Separated by a long island platform, the Victorian Railways broad gauge line, and the New South Wales Government Railways standard gauge line were formally opened on June 14, 1883. Find out more about this historic occasion in this FREE floor...

    24 May at 11:00 AM - 11:30 AM
  • Billy Hughes- a free floor talk

    The Right Honourable William ‘Billy’ Hughes CH, KC was born in Wales on 25 September 1862. He would become the seventh Prime Minister of Australia, seeing the country through World War 1 and the Conscription debate. Hughes is the only person to have served as a member of parliament for o...

    12 June at 11:00 AM - 11:30 AM
  • 1893: Bank Failures cause Financial Depression

    The banking crisis of 1893 was the result of the collapse of several commercial banks in Australia. After the speculative boom of the 1880s Australian property market, the banks operated a free banking system. With little regulation, and no government assistance, the banks lent freely and when in 18...

    21 June at 11:00 AM - 11:30 AM