Old Treasury Building

The Old Treasury Building is widely regarded as one of the finest 19th century buildings in Australia....

..... And it was designed by a 19 year old!!

This should be on your list as one of the top Melbourne tourist attractions to visit........


old treasury building


........As well as being a gorgeous building, it contains the original gold vaults where the gold bullion was stored during the gold rush in the 1860's.

The vaults are now home to a very good multimedia exhibition about the gold.

There's a lot of quality information about Melbourne for you to see.........

.......You can walk through rooms containing an exhibition about the caretaker and his family of 8 children who lived here between 1916 and 1928.......


multi-media in the vaults


.....you can read stories relating to indigenous Victorians.......

.......learn about Melbourne criminals.......


....... find out about the Women's suffragette movement.......

........and have a look at some rare and historic documents highlighting key moments from Victoria's history.


largest gold nugget in the world


You'll come across a copy of the largest gold nugget ever found in the world - 'The Welcome Stranger'.....

.....It was found just 25 centimetres beneath the ground in Victoria, not too far from Bendigo.


There's also a copy of 'The Welcome Nugget', found in Ballarat, Victoria.....

.....It was the largest nugget until 'The Welcome Stranger' was found.







They also have temporary exhibitions here. The one I saw was about the West Gate Bridge collapse which occurred 40 years ago......

.....I hadn't known anything about this until I went to the Police Museum recently........

.........I was amazed that something like this happened in a place like Melbourne.




The photo below shows the Old Treasury was one of the earliest buildings in Melbourne. (You'll get a clearer picture of it at the exhibition!!).


Old Treasury - one of the oldest buildings in Melbourne


Don't call the Old Treasury a museum by the way!....

..... As I was leaving I said to the lady behind the counter that it was a really good museum. "It is not a museum" she replied huffily....

...Oops!.... Make your own mind up!





The Old Treasury is located at 20 Spring Street, just down from Parliament House.



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It's normally open Sun-Fri 10am-4pm, closed Saturdays but times do seem to vary so check out the website beforehand at Old Treasury.




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