The panorama of Melbourne from De Gruchy & Leigh. On display in 'Paintings of Early Melbourne', a paid tour of the Old Treasury Building.

In this guided tour, students will discover the history of Melbourne through contemporary images from the 1840s through 1880s. Drawn from the Roy Morgan Research Centre Collection, these paintings and lithographs provide a glimpse of colonial Melbourne, seen through the eyes of those who were there.

Students will learn and examine the history of the city from first European settlement, through to Federation, when Melbourne became the capital city of Australia. A visit to the Executive Council Chamber is included in this tour to see the Sir Francis Grant R.A. portrait of Charles La Trobe, our first Lieutenant-Governor.

This tour is catered for visual learners. Ideal for ESL students.


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If you are only enquiring as to whether a booking is available, please phone the Old Treasury Building on (03) 9651 2233.

Postal address, ie: 20 Spring Street, Melbourne, 3000
Main contact for this booking
earliest 9:00am, latest 3:00pm
Minimum cost 10 students, Maximum 40 for Primary and Secondary
Eg, sight impaired, wheelchair access, etc

Tour Information and Frequently Asked Questions

The minimum group size is 10 students, the maximum group size per session is 40 for Primary or Secondary students. Group sizes less than 10 will be charged $80 (minimum charge).

Bookings must be made at least one week in advance. Upon submitting this booking request form you will receive an automated email with details of your request. We will contact you within five working days to confirm your booking.

If the number of students attending changes, the Bookings Officer must be informed in writing on two days prior to the date of the excursion.

Non-attendance at a booked program will incur the total fee of the amount payable for the excursion.

Schools must be accompanied by at teacher/chaperone at all times. We request minimum/maximum 1 adult per 10 primary students, 1 adult per 10 secondary students, and 1 adult per special needs student.

Schools will only be permitted into the building during their allocated tour time.

We regret that changes to tax invoices cannot be made and refunds will not be paid.