The Old Treasury Building is widely regarded as one of Australia’s finest 19th century buildings and it’s now open free to the public. Constructed between 1858 and 1862, the building’s original purpose was to store gold from the diggings in central Victoria, and to provide offices for senior government officials.
While the gold is long gone, the Old Treasury Building now houses a fascinating free museum covering the history of Melbourne, from the early period of settlement and Aboriginal contact history, through the turbulence of Eureka, to Federation, when Melbourne was briefly the capital city of Australia.
Be sure to visit the historic gold vaults, used during the 1860s, find out about life on the goldfields and consider how the discovery of gold helped to establish Melbourne as the metropolis we know today.
The museum is open six days a week (closed Saturdays) and entry is free.
20 Spring Street, Melbourne 3000
Tel: +613 9651 2233
Images courtesy of Old Treasure Building