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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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Victorian Archives Centre

Opening Hours: Monday to Friday and the second and last Saturday of every month 10am – 4:30pm (excluding public holidays) – Calendar

Address: 99 Shiel Street, North Melbourne, VIC, 3051

Email: Online Enquiry Form

Location map:

Location Map

Public Transport:


Route 57: City to West Maribyrnong from Elizabeth Street via Victoria, Errol, Queensberry and Abbotsford Streets. Closest stop No. 16 at Haines Street

Route 55: Domain Interchange to West Coburg from William Street via Flemington Road. Closest stop No. 19 at Abbotsford Street.

Route 59: City to Airport West from Elizabeth Street via Flemington Road. Closest stop No. 19 at Abbotsford Street.


North Melbourne station or Macaulay station.


Route 402: East Melbourne to Footscray from terminus opposite St Vincent’s Hospital (Victoria Parade) via Rathdowne and Shiel Street. Closest stop Canning Street just south of the intersection with Shiel Street. Buses run every 10 minutes between 6.00am and 7.00pm.


Melway ref: 2A E6, 43 C3

Two-hour street parking at Shiel Street entrance

Free all day off-street carpark at 112 Macaulay Road, North Melbourne (opposite the football ground)

Refreshments: Cafe 99 is onsite and is open from Monday to Friday, excluding public holidays.  Only food brought from Cafe 99 can be consumed at the Cafe.

There are shops in nearby Melrose Street. 

Please note: The cafe is NOT open on a Saturday and limited shops are open in Melrose Street.  It is strongly recommended that you bring your own refreshments to enjoy in the foyer.

NOTE: National Archives of Australia (NAA) share our reading room, please check their website for their opening hours which are different to Public Record Office Victoria.

Ballarat Archives Centre

Opening Hours: Monday and Tuesday 9:30am – 4:30pm (excluding public holidays)

Address: Level One, State Public Offices, Cnr Doveton and Mair Streets, Ballarat 3350

Location map and transport options: How to find us at Ballarat Map

Parking: one-hour street parking (some metered) in streets near the BAC or metered all day car park on Doveton Street.

Refreshments: There are many local cafes within walking distance.

Key Information (VAC & BAC)

In order to preserve our collection, we would like you to be aware of those items which can be brought into the Reading Room and those which may damage our records which we ask that you leave at home – Reading Room Conditions.

Record delivery times: To receive records at these collection times, records must be ordered before:

  • 8.00am to make the 10.30am collection time
  • 11.30am to make the 2.30pm collection time

Copy service: A photocopy service is provided in PROV reading rooms for a fee.

Digital cameras: You can make photographic copies of records using your own digital camera or the PROV digital camera for free.  Please remember if using the PROV digital camera that you will need a USB flash drive.

Locker facilities are available at both the Victorian Archives Centre and Ballarat Archives Centre free of charge.


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