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Melbourne Tram Museum Open Day

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Melbourne is famous for several things, not least among them worldclass sport, international quality food - and trams. Rich is history, the Melbourne Tram Museum is an opportunity to see how Melbourne trams have changed, learn about the ever-improving technology and the people who have infuenced their evolution.

Melbourne Tram Museum Open Day
Melbourne Tram Museum Open Day
Just as the trams inside have been carefully preserved, the building in which they are kept has also been heritage listed, ensuring this important piece of history is not lost to time and development. Situated close to the Yarra River, the museum houses 21 fully restored trams including a 'toast-rack' V-class from 1906. The V-class was one of the first electric trams to hit the Melbourne streets. There are several versions of the W-class tram and even a prototype Z-class, which led into the more modern fleet of trams we see today, as they were introduced around the mid 70's.

The Melbourne Tram Museum offers a wealth of information about the history of Melbourne's trams, from the influences and people who helped craft and shape then, and the technology that has turned and changed them into the modern day trams we enjoy today. There are artefacts on display and plenty of exhibitions. This is an excursion the whole family will find interesting.
Melbourne Tram Museum Open Day
Melbourne Tram Museum Open Day
The Melbourne Tram Museum, located at 8 Wallen Road, Hawthorn, is being opened to the public next on Saturday 26th August 2017 from 11am to 5pm. Entry is by gold coin donation and you can further support the museum by purchasing memorabilia at the tram shop.

There is limited car parking around the site. Quite fittingly, you can take a tram to Stop 29 Riversdale Junction on Yarra Trams routes 70 (Docklands Wattle Park) and 75 (City Vermont South). The Hawthorn Railway Station is an easy 10 minute walk away or you could jump on your bike and ride the serene Yarra Walking and Cycling trail, taking the Swan Street exit.
Melbourne Tram Museum Open Day
Melbourne Tram Museum Open Day
Additional open days include Saturday 9th September, Saturday 23rd September, Saturday 14th October, Saturday 28th October, Saturday 11th November, Saturday 25th November and Saturday 9th December 2017.

Find out more about the Melbourne Tram Museum by visiting their website.
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Why? History of Melbourne Trams
When: 11am - 5pm
Where: Melbourne Tram Museum, 8 Wallen Road, Hawthorn
Cost: Entry by gold coin donation
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