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Photograph of a tour guide showing people a large historical book in the archives, surrounded by tall shelves filled with records.
Photograph of a large petition being unrolled in front of a long corridor filled with shelves.
Photograph of the exterior of the Victorian Archives Centre in the daytime.

Victorian Archives Centre

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Bates Smart 2000


The Victorian Archives Centre holds Colonial, State and Commonwealth Government records in the collections of the Public Record Office Victoria (PROV) and the Victorian office of National Archives of Australia (NAA).

For Open House Melbourne 2024, the knowledgeable staff at PROV and NAA will take you behind the scenes, and into the heart of the Victorian Archives Centre - the archival repository. Beyond the airlocked doors, in a carefully maintained dust-free and climate-controlled environment, there are over 100 kilometres of significant records dating back to 1836. Here you'll learn how records are selected and preserved, and discover the stories contained within the many maps, plans, photographs and documents.

Historic records from both collections will be on display throughout the tour. With the theme of ‘RE/DISCOVER your City,’ in mind, they’ll introduce you to some of Melbourne’s hidden heritage and lost buildings, and bring to light the stories of communities marginalised by history’s selective memory.

What's On

You’ll be taken on a guided behind-the-scenes tour of the Victorian Archives Centre, and will also have the opportunity to view the newly launched exhibition Reception This Way, which takes a look at the classic Aussie motel of the 20th century through the National Archives of Australia’s photographic collection.

In Collaboration With:

  • National Archives of Australia

    The National Archives of Australia is the federal agency that collects records of Australian government decisions and actions as evidence. They do this to connect Australians with the nation's memory, their identity and history. (Image from “Reception this way” exhibition. California Hotel in Hawthorn, Melbourne, circa 1964)

Images: (1-3) Victorian Archives Centre. Photos: courtesy of Public Record Office Victoria.

Important Details

Time & Date

Saturday 27 July
Tours running every half hour starting at 10am. Last tour departs at 3.30pm
Running for 45 minutes in groups of 20

Bookings required—$7 booking fee applies
First release tickets: 12pm Wednesday 3 July
Second release tickets: 12pm Saturday 6 July

No bags, food or drink are allowed on the tour. You will be asked to leave your bags at the coat check.



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


99 Shiel St, North Melbourne VIC 3051

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