Who We Are

The Victoria Police Museum is part of the Historical Services Unit that sits within the Media and Corporate Communications Department of Victoria Police. Dedicated to preserving and promoting the history of policing in Victoria, the Unit provides a wide range of services to both internal stakeholders within Victoria Police and externally to members of the public.

With an extensive collection that spans history, technology, forensic science, and operational policing, the Museum is the custodian of the material culture and stories of Victoria’s policing and criminal history from the 1850s to the present day.

What We Do

The Museum is committed to encouraging engagement with and appreciation of Victoria’s history of policing and crime for present and future generations by conserving, interpreting and managing items of significance.

The Museum and Historical Services Unit produces exhibitions, events and education programs and manages an extensive archive and collection.

The Museum is open to the public Monday to Friday 10am to 4pm. Admission is by gold coin donation.

History

Inspired by the Crime Museum at Scotland Yard, Victoria Police developed its own museum of crime detection and criminal behaviour as early as 1902. This first museum was not open to the public but used as an educational and instructional tool for police. The early collection contained items such as counterfeit coins, safecracking equipment and weapons used in murders. By 1922 this first museum had ceased operation. However in 1930 the Victoria Police Gazette advertised for any records or objects of historical value to be sent to the Police Depot at St Kilda Road. By 1934 an article in the Argus newspaper announced that the Chief Commissioner, Major General Blamey, planned to open a new museum for the instruction of recruits at the Depot.

It wasn’t until the mid 1950s that the collection was made available to the general public for viewing. The first public exhibition held at Police Headquarters in 1956, was so successful with 22,500 people attending that an annual event was adopted.  In the same year a regular display of items from the Police Museum collection began at the Royal Melbourne Show.

During the 1960s, 70s and 80s the Police Museum collection was, for the most part, exhibited only at special events. However in 1991 a permanent Police Museum was established at the Russell Street Police Headquarters. Open to the public, this museum was later relocated to Victoria Police’s new Headquarters at the World Trade Centre.

In 2007 the museum opened in its current location in a purpose built space on the Mezzanine Level of the World Trade Centre. Open to the public, the Museum contains permanent displays on the history of policing and crime and hosts a series of changing exhibitions that showcase the Museum’s diverse collection and stories.

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