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Victorian Archives Centre public opening hours

Monday to Friday: 10:00 am to 4:30 pm
(excl. public holidays)
The second and last Saturday of every month

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DIG THE ARCHIVES: Victorian Archives Centre Open Day


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Free workshops on family research, property research, amazing history talks and tours of the archives

Victorian Archives Centre
99 Shiel St, North Melbourne

Public Record Office Victoria and the National Archives of Australia are opening our doors and inviting you to Dig the Archives at the Victorian Archives Centre Open Day.

Come along on the 2nd of May to take a tour of our massive repository of almost 100km of archives, chat with the experts on hot history topics, listen to awesome speakers, and start your own research journey. There will also be volunteer demonstrations and pop-up ‘how to’ sessions in our Reading Room throughout the day. is also available to access on the Reading Room computers free of charge so you can start your own family research. 

It’s set to be a busy day so we highly recommend you register for your chosen talks, tours and presentations in advance to avoid disappointment! 

Download the full program: Dig the Archives Schedule

Register for talks:

Register for presentations:

Register for tours*:

*Please note, these are walking tours. Wheelchair access is available. On arrival, signs will point you to the cloak room where you can securely stow your bags which are prohibited in PROV’s repository. Signs will then point you to the Reading Room where tours will assemble and depart. Photography in the repository is prohibited. As a potential participant please consider the following before making a booking:
– Tours will last approx 40 minutes and a minimum level of fitness is required to walk and stand for this time.
– There are no toilet facilities available once the tour is underway.
– The secure nature of our facility requires the tour to end and all participants to return to public spaces if a member is unable to continue on the tour for any reason.

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