The changing face of Victoria

Visit a remarkable free exhibition that tells the stories of the people, places and events that have shaped Victoria.

01 January 201931 December 2019
Bookings not required. Tel 03 8664 7099 for more information.
Location Dome Galleries, Level 5
The Dome
Accessibility Has wheelchair access

Ned Kelly armour

Please note: Ned Kelly's armour has been removed from The changing face of Victoria exhibition and is currently undergoing preparation for display in our new Victoria Gallery, which will open in late spring 2019.

About the exhibition

Discover the people, places and events that have shaped Victoria. Encounter explorers, gain insights into life on the goldfields, and explore life in Victoria in the 20th and 21st centuries from Bells Beach to Black Saturday.

More than 220 new items from across our collections are now on display in The changing face of Victoria exhibition.

Highlights include:

  • artefacts from infamous Australian bushranger Ned Kelly, including the Jerilderie letter
  • maps, drawings and testimonials from the passenger ships of the gold rush, plus WFE Liardet’s newly restored watercolour View of the north shore, Port of Melbourne 1862
  • packaging, fashion illustrations and advertising posters from Manton’s of Bourke Street and Georges of Collins Street, exploring Melbourne retail trade in the early twentieth century
  • photographs from the ’70s and ’80s of Bells Beach, capturing the crowds and surfers of the famous Rip Curl Surf Pro surfing competition
  • artworks by John Gollings and Peter Wegner exploring the devastating Black Saturday bushfires.

Plan your visit

The Changing face of Victoria exhibition is open Friday to Wednesday 10am–6pm, and Thursday 10am–9pm, except for public holidays.