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Old Treasury Building

20 Spring St, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
+61 3 9651 2233
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Sitting at the top end of Collins Street in the Melbourne CBD, the Old Treasury Building is widely regarded as one of the finest 19th century buildings in Australia.The Old Treasury building was designed by nineteen-year-old architect JJ Clark and built between 1858 and 1862.The Old Treasury Building hosts the original gold vaults where gold bullion was stored during the gold rush era, as well as rare and historic documents from Public Record Office Victoria highlighting key moments from Victoria’s history.Come and explore the intriguing gold vaults and you may earn yourself a gold license!
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20 Spring St, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
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The Old Treasury Building is one of Melbourne's finest 19th century buildings. I really love the architecture and the facade of the Old Treasury Building. It depicts of the history of Melbourne. Presented through a dynamic combination of significant artifacts, images and multimedia exhibits the...More

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Reviewed 4 days ago

There is a lot of history, to be found in this building. There are different displays in each of the rooms on the ground floor. The building is beautiful, and it is amazing to think it was designed by a teenager! The gold vaults are...More

Thank Bobbie R
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Built in the mid1800's to house the Treasury of Victoria, the many vaults in the basement to store gold bear testimony to the wealth enjoyed by Victoria during the Gold Rush and beyond. This lovely old building is now a museum with permanent as well...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Very interesting to learn all about the gold rush and it's effect on Melbourne - this place is definitely worth a visit

Thank Pam R
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

the volunteer guide was most helpful, filling us in with all the history of the buildings past and its gold holdings. great videos of australia's past

Thank O3694EXrita
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a great way to read about some history of Melbourne. The gold room downstairs is well worth a look. The cost is free to enter.

Thank Leonie M H
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Interesting piece of history to visit, with very friendly informative staff. The main area is ofcourse about gold but the most interesting aspects for me were the living space of the manager & his family as well as the small but detailed section regarding public...More

Thank J_HamptonCourt
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Incredible museum to visit, is overwhelming to see how rich Victoria is, we enjoyed the displays in each room and how the living cottage was kept to have an idea on how modest people used to live, and how hard they worked on those days.

Thank bdonoso366
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Katie D, Social Media Officer at Old Treasury Building, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thanks for your review bdonoso366! Glad you enjoyed your visit!

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Reviewed 7 May 2018

A visit here is educational, It explores the Foundations of a city, Melbourne as a National Capital, Gold and Democracy, The Gold Vault and a Basement home

Thank Errol J G
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Katie D, Social Media Officer at Old Treasury Building, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thanks for your review Errol! Glad you enjoyed your visit!

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Reviewed 16 April 2018

Special exhibitions that change regularly. Great presentations about Melbourne 's and Victoria's early life through early film, pictures, architectural and surveyers' presentations . interesting coverage of the role of women . Made us more aware of what architecture we were passing as we walking around...More

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Katie D, Social Media Officer at Old Treasury Building, responded to this reviewResponded 16 April 2018

Thanks for your review christinej325! Great to hear we encouraged an interest in architecture! A new exhibition will open in just under 2 months, I hope you can come back and visit.

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