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 201431 December 2016
Bookings not required. Tel 03 8664 7099 for more information.
LocationDome Galleries
Accessibility Has wheelchair access

Discover the people, places and events that have shaped Victoria. See Ned Kelly's armour; encounter explorers and early settlers; gain insights into life on the goldfields; and explore aspects of daily life in Victoria in the 20th and 21st centuries.

New exhibits

More than 150 new items from across our collections are now on display in our Changing face of Victoria exhibition. Highlights include:

  • a new display about on the early history of Australian Rules Football
  • a display exploring the history of classical music in Melbourne, from the early years of settlement to the founding of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra in 1906
  • a showcase about the 1956 Melbourne Olympics
  • items belonging to Lt Eric Chinner, who was killed in battle at Fromelles in WWI.

WWI centenary display

This dedicated area of the exhibition focuses on Gallipoli and the evacuation of the peninsula. See moving letters, diaries and photographs that reveal the daily life of soldiers on the battlefront, and understand the roles of writing and censorship in the war.

Permanent exhibition

Journey through Victoria’s past as you sift through photographs, personal accounts and artefacts from first settlement to today. Meet historic characters from infamous bushranger Ned Kelly to ill-fated explorers Burke and Wills, and learn about the everyday lives of generations of Victorians. New items and stories are added to this exhibition twice yearly, revealing different aspects of the Library's historic collection.

Opening hours

This free exhibition is open 10am–5pm daily.