The Old Treasury Building in the north of Melbourne's CBD is another great building within the 'government quarter'. Originally it was used as the home of the Victorian Treasury but now finds a more vibrant use as a Museum of Melbourne.
Approaching it from the street it is instantly apparently the building stands out when compared to the other architectural styles surrounding it. A notable example of Renaissance Revival, it was designed by architect JJ Clark when he was just nineteen years old. Built between 1858 to 1962, it is a one of Victoria's oldest buildings, after the states' founding in 1851.
While its history may be considerable, so too does the old building retain some use in modern times when it comes to celebrating Melbourne's life and vibrancy. Alongside wedding partys being a regular sight on the steps for post-ceremony photos, the diversity of attractions within the museum is a considerable draw.
At time of writing, the museum is hosting a 'Sailing Into Melbourne' exhibition, which catalogues a array of maritime adventures to Melbourne. Also featured is 'Forgotten Faces: Chinese and the Law', which chronicles the difficult experience of Chinese miners within Victoria during 1870 to 1900.
Finally, and in a nod to the current popularity of 'true crime' series like Underbelly, 'Criminals' chronicles the story of notorious 1920's trials concerning 'Squizzy' Taylor and Colin Ross; with a 'female felons' expose also on show.
In sum, weather visiting with an interest in the state, for a wedding ceremony or to become more familiar with the undercurrents – and underbelly – of Melbourne's culture, a 'walk up the steps' of Old Treasury is a good way to spend a weekend afternoon.