Author: Old Treasury Building

photo of people in business attire standing on the steps of Old Treasury on a clear day
1994 Museum opening, Jeff Kennett facing away from camera, Mark Birrell and Dulcie Boling among others on the front steps.

On 15 August 2019 the Old Treasury Building marked 25 years as a public museum.

Although it's hard to believe now, there were plans in the 1960s to demolish the iconic heritage building and replace it with a new structure. Saving the Old Treasury Building was one of the early success stories of the National Trust of Victoria. 

The museum in the building has been known by various names since 1994 – the Old Treasury Building Museum, the Gold Treasury Museum, the City Museum at Old Treasury and the Old Treasury Building Museum again!

Since 2011 it has presented programs in partnership with Public Record Office Victoria (PROV) including First Peoples and the Gold Rush, A Nation Divided and Wayward Women? currently on display with records from PROV's collection. 

Past exhibitions have included Transporting Art, School Days and Sailing into Melbourne, all now available as online galleries

The Old Treasury Building Museum is now a popular Melbourne venue. Last year 94,000 people visited and many more followed programs via the website and social media. Learn more about Old Treasury Building on the website here. 


current photo of old treasury building, early evening, lights glowing
Old Treasury Building today, with banners promoting current exhibitions on show.

Material in the Public Record Office Victoria archival collection contains words and descriptions that reflect attitudes and government policies at different times which may be insensitive and upsetting

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples should be aware the collection and website may contain images, voices and names of deceased persons.

PROV provides advice to researchers wishing to access, publish or re-use records about Aboriginal Peoples