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

'The changing face of Victoria' temporary closure

Please note: The changing face of Victoria exhibition will close from 11 to 22 February while we fill it with more than 220 new collection items. Level 5 of the Dome Galleries will also be closed during this time.

Ned Kelly's armour is moving to a new location. It will be temporarily off display while we prepare it for a new exhibition in our world-class Victoria Gallery, opening May 2019.

About the exhibition

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.

More than 160 new items from across our collections are now on display in our Changing face of Victoria exhibition.

Highlights include:

  • photographs, drawings and testimonials of the Chinese miners of the gold rush
  • playbills and images that tell the story of Cremorne’s Gardens, Victoria’s first amusement park
  • the personal papers of Detective John Christie, detailing his crime-busting work in Melbourne between 1866 and 1910
  • the sketches, photographs and written accounts of World War I nurse Jessie Traill
  • a selection of photographic portraits by Ruth Maddison from her series Women over 60.

Plan your visit

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