It is true few would feel the words 'banking' - perhaps especially when combined with 'museum' represent a heart-racing combination; but actually it need not be. Instead, this place is about investment. If your of the mind to get along and learn a little about the history of banking in Australia you'll feel well rewarded.
Throughout the museum a real sense is gained of Australia's pioneer spirit since 1778 is gained. Further, for a city not yet 200 years old - a blink of an eye when compared to cities such as London, Rome and Co. - it can quickly be forgotten how young the City of Melbourne remains.
As distinct from daunting visitors with this fact, it appears most shall instead find it inspiring: for within the early banking and stock exchange of Melbourne was the confidence of those who believed a great city and country could be built here.
In particular, alongside the exhibition, the architecture in the adjoining Cathedral room is gorgeous. Just like the ANZ Gothic building down the road [and former world headquarters of the bank], the building was built with a view towards lasting a long time in Melbourne, and having a city grow further alongside it.
Throughout the exhibition is a emphasis upon financial literary. While surely most folks who've ever step foot inside a bank would already have a pretty okay grasp on the fundamentals, there is always opportunity to learn more: especially as concerns the more nuanced and finite elements of the industry.
The only downside to the exhibit is that photography is not allowed inside - which has both limited the ability of this writer to show things where a 'picture is worth a thousands words' like the cool old ATM contained inside the Museum - as well as to offer the ideal perspective to readers as to just what is inside. On the flipside though, it makes chance to see a rarely seen exhibit in person all the more special given it as yet does not have a big online presence. And, if keen on a visit to a historic bank where you can snap away some photos, 333 Collins Street is just a short walk down the block.
To the minds of many, Australia represented a great leap of faith. So many have come to Australia and to this city of Melbourne with the hope they could build a new life. Away from the numbers and statistics alone, for those that wish to visit and learn a little of how the lives of so many immigrants, small-businesses - and crucially Australian homes - were built in this city and country the ANZ Banking Museum is well worth a trip on a quiet weekday afternoon.