Hidden Hellenism: Architectural walking tour
John James Clark 1872
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.
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.
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.
Time & Date
Saturday 29 + Sunday 30 July
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.
Partially wheelchair accessible, Accessible bathroom, Accessible parking nearby, Elevator access
280 William Street, Melbourne 3000