Riding on Tradition
January 2018- July 2018

A photographic Exhibition of the Victoria Police Mounted Branch

Riding On Tradition features a selection of contemporary and historical photographs that portray one of the most iconic and well-loved faces of law and order in Melbourne.

Behind the Badge

Women of Victoria Police

29 July 2016 - 11 January 2018

Behind the Badge features the photographic portraits and personal stories of 10 women currently serving in Victoria Police. Whilst each have had their own unique journey in their policing career, all share a deep commitment and passion for the job. Visit the Museum to find out about their stories and help us celebrate women behind the badge.

Photography by Morganna Magee.

Trace: The Secrets Behind Police Technologies

5 September 2016 - 30 June 2017

Enter into the world of police technology. From the electric telegraph to advanced facial recognition, discover how technologies have enabled police to solve crime in new and groundbreaking ways.


Above and Beyond: Honouring the Service and Sacrifice of Victorian Police during WW1

8 July 2015 - 16 September 2016

The 100th anniversary commemorations of World War 1 have offered an opportunity for the Victoria Police Museum to share unique stories about the role and sacrifices of Victoria Police officers both at war and on the home front.

The Museum is proud to present its current exhibition Above and Beyond, which provides a fascinating and often moving insight into the personal stories of its members, who served both their community and country. 

The exhibition, which is proudly supported by the Victorian ANZAC Centenary Committee, would not have been possible without the work and dedication of researcher, author and retired member Mr Malcolm (Mal) Grant.

Mal is one of the Victoria Police Museum's most dedicated volunteers and his book They Served in Blue Khaki and Blue, which traces the 138 Victorian Police who served in WW1, has been an invaluable resource. 

See the full list of Victoria Police members who served here.

Protest, Peace and Progress: Australian Society, Culture & Law in the 1960s

17 November 2014 - 26 June 2015

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. 

Trouble is my Business 

2 September 2013 - 7 November 2014

Trouble is my Business explores the history and formation of Victoria Police's detective force from 1844 until now.

Tracing the very first time forensic techniques such as blood pattern analysis were used by maverick detectives in the 1920s to the creation of specialist crime squads, the exhibition reveals the details and diversity of work carried out by detectives.

Discover what makes a detective unique, find out who the Shadow Squad were, see forensic evidence from real cases and learn how detectives of the future will solve crimes.


What the...? Photograph Caption Competition

3 February - 22 August 2014

From the archives of the Police Museum come these, well, downright bizarre photos that were just crying out for your funny captions! 

We asked our Facebook friends to dust off their comedic timing and enter their best captions. The winning entries were judged and the best of the best chosen to accompany the images.


Crime: It’s a Mug’s Game

25 April 2013 - 24 January 2014

This exhibition of 1930s police mug shots provides a view of Melbourne’s delinquent citizens through the eyes of the police photographer.


Things of Fire and Ash

9 February - 16 August 2013

This exhibition commemorates the strength of Kinglake's young people. The photographic portraits, taken by Melbourne artist Lilli Waters, feature young people from the Kinglake Youth Centre with a special object chosen by them. These objects represent their experience of the 2009 Black Saturday bushfires and their aftermath. Each portrait is accompanied by their personal story. View a digital version of the exhibition here: http//thesmoulderingstump.org.au/stories/exhibition

Convicted: Prison Records 1884-1922

2 July 2012 - 26 January 2013

Meet Victoria's criminal class in an exhibition of prisoner records. Dating from the 19th and early 20oth century. This rogues' gallery includes murderers, abortionists and some persistent villians classified as 'habitual criminals'.





Yarra: Morgues, Murder and Mayhem

26 September 2011 – 31 August 2012

From the mysterious to the mundane, the Yarra River is a central feature in many of the stories that make up Melbourne’s history. The Victoria Police Museum’s latest exhibition, Yarra: Morgues, Murder and Mayhem, peers deep into the depths of our river’s history to uncover stories of daredevil stunt men, grisly murders and unrestrained industry.

Discover how a linguistic bungle led to the naming of the Yarra; why Melbourne was once known as Smelbourne and why police decided to preserve the head of a murdered woman in a jar in 1898.

Yarra: Morgues Murder and Mayhem is an eye-opening exhibition that will take you on an unexpected journey along the Yarra River.

Horses to Horsepower: Victoria Police on the Move

15 August 2011 – 1 June 2012

Horses to Horsepower: Victoria Police on the Move, uses photographs drawn from the Victoria Police Museum’s Ian Meates Collection to look at the way Victoria Police made the transition to motorise transport in the early twentieth century. A feature of the exhibition is a fully restored 1958 Ariel Square Four motorcycle.

Off Beat

15 March 2011 – 5 August 2011

This exhibition celebrates some of the weird and wonderful images of Victoria Police held in the Museum’s photographic collection. Inspired by the quirkiness of the images, the Museum held a caption writing competition, inviting police members and the public to submit their funniest captions for the ten images displayed. The captions that accompany the photographs were voted the best out of over 300 entries.

Ambush: Ned Kelly and the
Stringybark Creek Murders

4 January 2010 – 25 June 2010

Focusing on the police murders at Stringybark Creek by the Kelly Gang in October 1878, this exhibition provides audiences with a unique insight into the history of the ‘Kelly Outbreak’. Showcasing the museum’s significant collection on the history of the Kelly Gang, audiences will encounter objects that have never been seen before, including a map depicting the site of the Stringybark Creek ambush, hand-drawn by the sole surviving police officer, Constable Thomas McIntyre. Also on display for the first time will be Ned Kelly’s blood-stained cartridge bag, recovered by Sergeant Steele at the Glenrowan siege in 1880.

West Gate: Images from the Police Archives

9 August 2010 – 25 March 2011

On October 15, 1970 at 11:50 am, Melbourne’s West Gate Bridge collapsed. Thirty-five workers plunged to their deaths and numerous others were injured in what has been described as the worst industrial accident in the history of Victoria. In the Royal Commission that followed, the bridge was found to have serious structural design flaws and the design and construction companies in charge blamed for their incompetence in carrying out the project. The photographs in this exhibition were used by the Royal Commission to make its findings. Taken by police photographers, the images show in detail the magnitude of the scene and the dangerous and difficult rescue job undertaken.

Crime Scene

1 June 2009 – 11 December 2009

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.

Behind the Badge

Behind the Badge


Trace Exhibition







1960s exhibition

Protest, Peace and Prgress: Society Culture and Law in the 1960s




Trouble is my Business Exhibition

Trouble is My Business


Caption Competition
Crime it's a Mug's Game

Crime it's a Mug's Game

Things of Fire and Ash



Convicted Exhibition
Yarra Morgues

Yarra: Morgues, Murder and Mayhem 

Horse to Horse Power

Victoria Police on the move.

Off Beat
Westgate Disaster

Collapse of Westgate Bridge on
October 15, 1970 at 11:50am



Crime Scene

Eastern Arcade, Melbourne, 1921