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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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"gold rush"
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"early melbourne"
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"free museum"
in 10 reviews
"living quarters"
in 9 reviews
"registry office"
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"gold bars"
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"gold vault"
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"melbourne history"
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"small exhibition"
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"early days"
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"temporary exhibition"
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"victorian history"
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"spring street"
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"early history"
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"ned kelly"
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"interesting displays"
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Current exhibition is on the gold rush with many stories to read and rooms to explore. The staff were helpful when I inquired into a picture that maybe a family member and they gave me information so I could find out more. Very helpful and...More

Thank Alice R
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

There isn't much to this museum, and the guides seemed to approach every person on the way in (except me). There's a lot of reading to do and it's important Melbourne history, but I still don't have a good sense of what purpose the building...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was a good find as I was at the Treasury Gardens nearby. Entrance to the museum is free and I was immediately welcomed by their friendly staff. The musuem vaults at the basement were very unique - upon entrance to a vault the audiovisuals...More

Thank Marielle G
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Unfortunately we were nearing the end of our time in Melbourne and arrived at the Old Treasury near to closing time. We did have enough time to briefly visit most of the basement strongrooms were there are exhibitions showing the early days of the Australian...More

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Reviewed 6 July 2018

What a great place to visit! Entry is free and it is a fantastic place for anyone wanting to know about Melbourne’s history. We were met at the door by Karen who gave us a brief rundown of what we were about to learn. Her...More

Thank joyd525
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Reviewed 2 July 2018

We only went here to fill in time and to escape the rain but what a pleasant surprise. It was a really informative and interesting display on gold in Victoria and with free admision youwould be mad to miss it!

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Reviewed 24 June 2018

A beautifully maintained example of colonial architecture in Spring Street. Free guided tours available or roam at your leisure. Each room is set up with interesting and informative exhibitions about early Melbourne. Special exhibitions change regularly, so there's always something new to view. Go downstairs...More

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Katie D, Social Media Officer at Old Treasury Building, responded to this reviewResponded 2 July 2018

Thanks for your review Barb! Glad you enjoyed your visit.

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Reviewed 22 June 2018

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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Katie D, Social Media Officer at Old Treasury Building, responded to this reviewResponded 2 July 2018

Thanks for your review jeckli! We totally agree, the best architecture in Melbourne! Glad you enjoyed your visit.

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Reviewed 19 June 2018

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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Katie D, Social Media Officer at Old Treasury Building, responded to this reviewResponded 2 July 2018

Thanks for your review Bobbie! I think you deserve the award for longest time spent in the building! Glad you enjoyed your visit.

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Reviewed 11 June 2018

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

Thank Joan0452013
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Katie D, Social Media Officer at Old Treasury Building, responded to this reviewResponded 2 July 2018

Thanks for your review Joan0452013! Glad you enjoyed your visit.

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