An illustrated image of a boy in yellow with binoculars, hiding behind a marble statue, looking towards the Melbourne skyline and a Grecian column, with a map visible in the foreground. Text at the top of the image reads 'Hidden Hellenism: Architectural Walking Tour, Sat 29 & Sun 30 July.
The exterior of the Former Royal Mint Building with Hellenic Museum exhibition banners on a flag pole in the foreground, and hanging from the facade.
The back of an older woman in a patterned shirt and a young woman in a knit sweater, who are both looking ahead towards Museum cabinets which are out of focus. The silhouette of a vase and a bowl are visible in the glass cabinets.
An upwards view of the ornate staircase in the foyer of the Hellenic Museum. Its dark wooden pillar and balustrade are visible in the foreground. Tall ceilings are visible in the background, with a set of large, frosted windows with ornamentation on the back wall.
The foyer of the Hellenic Museum, looking towards its back entrance. The foyer is lined with a dark patterned carpet, three large marble statues against the side walls, and an entrance sign for an exhibition. A reception desk is just visible in the foreground left corner.

Hidden Hellenism: Architectural walking tour

John James Clark 1872

Description

The Melbourne Mint’s first coins were struck here in 1872. It continued to produce gold coins and bronze pennies until 1931 and later came to play a vital role in Australia’s adoption of decimal currency. The heritage-listed building is actively conserved, and open to the public today as the home of the Hellenic Museum.

What's On

Greek influence is embedded in the fabric of multicultural Melbourne, and its architecture is no exception. Join us for Hidden Hellenism: Architectural Walking Tour and discover a world of Greek-influenced landmarks throughout the CBD!

This self-guided, self-paced tour begins at the Hellenic Museum, with entry included in your ticket. Upon arrival, collect a Hidden Hellenism map and explore your first stop: the iconic Former Royal Mint building, which the Hellenic Museum proudly calls home.

Then, it's time to choose your own adventure! Your Hidden Hellenism map includes the locations of more than 12 Greek-inspired architectural landmarks throughout the city. Walk it, tram it, train it or bike it to your chosen locations, and scan the map's QR codes to access the history of each landmark along with family-friendly prompts and activities.

Hidden Hellenism: Architectural Walking Tour invites participants of all interests, ages and abilities to engage with history, architecture and the many ways Greek culture is visible in Melbourne today.

Children's Activities

The QR-enabled content for each location will include family-friendly prompts or activities to help young participants understand and engage with the landmark's significance.

Images: (1-6) Hellenic Museum. All photos: courtesy of Hellenic Museum.

Important Details

Time & Date

Saturday 29 + Sunday 30 July
10am-4pm
Bookings required
First release tickets: Thursday 6 July, 12pm
Second release tickets: Saturday 8 July, 10am

Meet at The Hellenic Museum, 280 William Street, Melbourne—near the corner of William and La Trobe Streets, directly opposite Flagstaff Station. Please enter via front door and present your ticket on arrival.

ACCESSIBILITY

Partially wheelchair accessible, Accessible bathroom, Accessible parking nearby, Elevator access

AGE REQUIREMENTS

All Ages

Location

280 William Street, Melbourne 3000

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