Welcome to the Victoria Police Museum.
From the largest collection of Kelly Gang armour in Australia to forensic evidence from some of Melbourne’s most notorious crimes, the Victoria Police Museum presents visitors with an intriguing insight into the social history of policing and crime.
Visit The Museum
Monday to Friday: 10am - 4pm
normally Closed on Weekends and Public Holidays
637 Flinders Street, Melbourne, 3008 (enter via World Trade Centre in Siddeley Street)
Protest, Peace and Progress
Australian Society, Culture & Law in the 1960s
Exhibition Now Closed
The 1960s was a period when Australians were questioning society, politics and the law in ways that would have a lasting impact.
What would you do if the Government forced you to go to war?
How would you speak out in support of issues like equal pay for women?
Imagine if you were arrested for buying books like Lady Chatterly's Lover or for wearing a skimpy bikini to the beach?
Put on your bell-bottoms, pick up your protest placard and see how Australians created change in the 60s.
This exhibition features captivating crime scene photographs taken by Victoria Police photographers in the 1920s, 30s and 40s.
Reproduced from the Victoria Police Museum’s glass plate negative collection, the images are an incredible documentation of life in early twentieth century Melbourne. Originally taken for purely scientific and investigative purposes, these photographs were meant only for the eyes of detectives, lawyers or jury members.
Despite their forensic function, and the grisly crime they often represent, the photographs have a surprisingly beautiful visual quality to them.
Eastern Arcade, 1921. The scene of a major police investigation into the murder of 12 year old Alma Tirtschke on New Years Eve, 1921.
George Ingram VC, MM
As part of Victoria Police's commemoration of the ANZAC Centenary, a new display has been opened at the Museum on George Ingram, the only member of Victoria Police to be awarded the Victoria Cross. George joined Victoria Police after World War 1 and was one of the first Shrine Guard at the Shrine of Remembrance in Melbourne. Shrine Guards are part of Victoria Police's Protective Services Unit.
Visit the Museum to read more about George's remarkable story.
To find out more about Victoria Police's involvement in World War 1, click here.
Tripadvisor Certificate of Excellence
The Museum has recently been awarded a Tripadvisor Certificate of Excellence for 2014. Scoring 4.5 out of 5, we are so pleased we are giving our visitors a high quality experience. If you haven't visited yet, now is the time to come.
The Victoria Police Museum is the perfect venue for groups looking for an interesting day out. Combine your visit with lunch at one of the many restaurants on the banks of the Yarra at WTC Wharf North Bank and South Wharf. Nearby attractions also include Polly Woodside, Crown Casino, South Wharf DFO, Melbourne Aquarium and the Immigration Museum.
The Museum’s collection contains artefacts from the 1800s to the present day that reflect the diversity of Victoria’s policing and criminal history. The collection includes: two sets of original Kelly Gang armour; police uniforms and equipment; police medals; convict registers; prisoner records; mug-shots; crime scene photographs; confiscated weapons; police motorcycles; a bomb disposal robot and forensic evidence.
The Victoria Police Museum and Historical Services Unit manages an extensive archive of documents, images and artefacts relating to the history of policing in Victoria.
Go to our Research page to find out more about Victoria Police's contribution to World War 1.