ANZ Bank Museum
ANZ Bank Museum
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The ANZ Banking museum has temporarily closed - however it is worth visiting the ANZ Branch next door at 388 Collins Street Melbourne Vic 3000. Completed by The English, Scottish and Australia Bank, in May 1887, the 'Gothic' Bank (as it's known) was designed by William Wardell. The building is an example of secular Gothic, the style is restrained externally, and internally graceful and ornate.
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Jeffry b
Essendon, Australia13,416 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022
The ANZ Bank Museum is being renovated and will reopen in mid 2023. You cannot enter the Museum now, but the Gothic Bank, which adjoins the Museum, is worth a look even if you are not an ANZ Bank customer. The Gothic Bank is from the same era as the Museum. It is listed on the National Trust registry.
Written December 12, 2022
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Jeffry b
Essendon, Australia13,416 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Solo
The cathedral-esque ANZ Bank boats gilded ceilings. This sandstone monument to commerce is truly stunning. The ANZ Bank Museum is located in Collins St. The ANZ Bank has been thriving since the days of the Great Australian Gold Rush.
Written December 5, 2023
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Jeffry b
Essendon, Australia13,416 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
The ANZ Bank is the result of the merging of several British banks operating in Australia. The Gothic Bank was the banking chamber of the English, Scottish and Australian Bank (ES&A). It opened for business in 1887 and it's still a functioning bank. It's worth taking a look even if you're not an ANZ customer, it's a magnificent sight. The Esanda finance company derived its name from the ES&A Bank. In the old days, a magnificent banking chamber helped convince customers that the bank was sound.
Written April 23, 2020
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Jolyon67
Melbourne, Australia5,679 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2014 • Solo
Only open weekdays this little one room museum is directly under the ANZ bank in Central Melbourne, better known as the Gothic Bank. It is on the corner of Collins St and Queen's St and is free entry. There isn't a great deal to see and it could come across as an ad for ANZ bank. It is interesting to see how money has developed over the ages. From Aboriginals trading animal skins, to early tokens of the gold rush era. There's a fun collection of Piggy Banks, who knew that ANZ brought a new one out every year for Chinese new year. If you're passing its worth dropping in. No photos allowed inside. The bank itself is a lot more photogenic. It was built in the 1880's at the height of Melbourne's boom years and is a masterpiece of Gothic Revivial.
Written June 14, 2014
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Maria
Brisbane, Australia601 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2019
As you wander around the streets of Melbourne you should drop into the ANZ Bank on Collins Street. Beautiful windows and the ceilings and lighting are gorgeous. It really is like stepping back in time - when banks were stylish and a pleasure to visit.
Written September 25, 2019
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csf100
Coffs harbour58 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2017 • Friends
Was recommended to go to ANZ historic Gothic Bank and Museum. So nice to see this old world and restored Bank just beautiful so much History in an old building.
Worth a seeing , easy to find and free plus you can bank there.
Written May 12, 2017
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Sarah C
Ashtead, UK1,280 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2016 • Couples
We'd walked past the small plaque on the basement steps of this bank many times but the opening hours are limited. Worth persisting, this is a little gem of a museum showing financial history. Afterwards go into the & cathedral-like Gothic banking hall. Very impressive
Written March 5, 2016
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Alys-Schatzi
Melbourne, Australia843 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2014 • Friends
If you enjoy either Victorian Gothic architecture or financial and social history, you'll appreciate both this small museum and the whole ANZ building. Even better than visiting just the museum is seeing through multiple areas of the building. This is possible once a year, on a winter weekend, when Melbourne has its excellent program of open buildings; enquire online or at tourist info centres ahead of that weekend.
Written December 13, 2014
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Betula103
Australia7,867 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2014 • Solo
It only takes a short time to see inside this magnificent late 19th Century building, The banking chamber is stunningly beautiful with its heritage décor preserved. Perhaps even more amazing is the gothic hall with vaulted ceiling and stained glass windows which was originally the stock exchange. Entry is free - just wander inside.
The actual bank was originally known as the English, Scottish and Australian Bank.
Written July 10, 2014
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Darrin R
Newcastle, Australia980 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019 • Couples
Show me the money, but its all gone years ago, the inside and outside are very nice and decorative. Well worth a visit
Written June 13, 2019
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