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“Good place to learn about gold in Victoria”

Old Treasury Building
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Melbourne Bike Tour with Coffee and Drinks Including Yarra River and Southbank
Ranked #62 of 393 things to do in Melbourne
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Owner description: 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!
Reading, United Kingdom
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“Good place to learn about gold in Victoria”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 December 2011

Located near parliament, the Old Treasury Building had a photo exhibition on at the time of my visit. The building is well set out with a fantastic set up downstairs.

Take a walk back to the city down Flinders Lane and you'll see some great street art!

Visited December 2011
Thank Stephen L
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“Fascinating stories of Melbourne & beautiful 1850s building.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 November 2011

A 19 year old designed this superb gold rush building. The Governor, Premier, Treasurer & other important government people worked there. John James Clark designed many important Melbourne buildings eg the Supreme Court & City Baths. The exhibitions tell the story of gold in the original gold vaults & other displays tell stories of early Melbourne. 'Missing the Mark' is a quirky temporary exhibition about a design competition in 1978 for Federation Square eg a strange crocodile, hanging gardens, enormous boxing kangaroos & a koala King Kong!

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“An eclectic collection of displays about the city's history”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 December 2009

This museum has various exhibits about the founding and development of the city. It's located in the former Treasury Building, an impressive structure built when gold was a major industry in the region. A significant portion of the exhibits on the bottom floor are about the gold industry and how it operated. There is also an exhibit about the family that lived in the building for years - the father was the caretaker.

On the main floor are displays about the city's founding, and the dispute as to who should get credit. There are also various artifacts from the early years including maps, clothing, photos, etc to show the development and expansion of the city. Unique is the display of emu eggs carved into works of art. There was also a wonderful video on the history of the city tram network.

I liked this museum, but I like museums generally. If you have little patience for them you probably won't be happy here.

Thank ral338
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