Discover the rare and little known paintings of Melbourne from the 1840s to the 1870s, from the Roy Morgan Research Centre Collection.

These paintings, watercolours and lithographs provide an insider’s glimpse of the early beginnings of colonial Melbourne. Gain an insight into the life of Melbournians, from a swamp town to the opulence and wealth of the gold rush era. See early Melbourne through the changing landscapes and architectural growth typical of the time.

Included in this tour is the Sir Francis Grant R.A. portrait of Charles La Trobe in the Executive Council Chamber. Discover more about early Melbourne with the help of our enthusiastic guides.

Due to the location of this display, viewing is only available on a tour

Bookings essential
Cost: $10 Adults
Bookings: 9651 2233 or

Regular tours of the Paintings of Early Melbourne are run monthly. There is no minimum group size for these tours.

Bookings are Essential.

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