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RHSV Address: 239 A’Beckett Street, Melbourne, Victoria, 3000.

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Phone: 03 9326 9288

Opening times

Office Monday-Friday 9am-5pm

Library Monday-Friday 9am-5pm

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Frequently Asked Questions

Is there parking nearby?

There are a number of on-street car spaces and off-street car parks within walking distance of the Royal Historical Society of Victoria. The closest off-street car park is in A’Beckett St between Wills and Queen Sts.

The closest designated on-street parking for people with disabilities is a car space located in Wills Street (one-way). Entry to this car space is via La Trobe Street.

For a detailed list of on-street and off-street car parking locations and fees please refer to the City of Melbourne website.

Is public transport nearby?

The closest train station is Flagstaff Gardens (city loop).

The West Coburg – Toorak tram runs along William St (no 55) and the closest stop is No. 7 (cnr William and La Trobe Sts). The free city circle tram (No 35) and the St Vincents Plaza – Docklands tram (No 30) both run along La Trobe St.  – get off on the corner of William and La Trobe Streets.

There is a multitude of buses which stop in A’Beckett St, right outside our building:

220 Sunshine to Gardenvale

232 Altona North to City (QVM)

234/6 Garden City to City (QVM)

237 City to Fisherman’s Bend via Lorimer St

546 Heidelberg Station to Melb Uni via QVM, Carlton & Clifton Hill (stops in Franklin St)

Do exhibitions run all year round?

We hold several exhibitions per year; these include mini exhibitions in our ‘Cabinet of Curiosities‘, and a main exhibition in the large gallery space. There are short periods when exhibitions are being changed over, and thus exhibitions are not available.

Please check our current exhibition dates before arriving to avoid disappointment.

Is there an entry charge to view exhibitions?

We do not charge to view our exhibitions, and we welcome both members and non-members. We do however, appreciate a gold coin donation, or more, if you have enjoyed it.

Donations received go to supporting future exhibitions and the running of the Royal Historical Society of Victoria.

Do you offer printing and photocopying?

Yes, we do offer printing and photocopying services at the RHSV for personal research purposes.

If you would like to use any documents for publication or display purposes, permission must be sought from the Royal Historical Society of Victoria.

Charges apply: A4 (Black and White): 30 cents A3 (Black and white): 50 cents A4 (Colour): 60 cents A3 (Colour): $1.20 Photocopies

What to bring?

In order to preserve our material, only certain items may be taken into the library.

• Pencils • Notebooks [A4 or smaller] • Mobile phones [switched to silent] • Wallets and purses • Laptops or tablets (excluding carry case) • Digital cameras

We provide free lockers to store your other items, including bags and backpacks.

Is Wifi available?

Free wifi is available within the RHSV. Please ask at the administration desk for the password.

I want to do some research or view images, artworks, or objects, do I need an appointment?

If you want to visit and make use of any of the collections, please contact us to make an appointment. This will ensure that you use your time productively as we can confirm whether we have the material you need.

Can I take photos and/or video in the RHSV?

Photographs and video are allowed. However, we do not allow flash photography without permission.

I’m not a member, can I use your resources?

Yes, we welcome non-members. A charge of $16.50 [inc GST] per day applies to non-members for use of the collection.