ANZ Bank Building and Banking Museum
384 Collins St, ANZ Bank Building and Banking Museum. This is really two
buildings, 384 392 Collins St and 376 382 Collins St, with the banking chamber
extending across both. The style is Gothic and the banking chamber described as
richly ornate Venetian Gothic and built from Pyrmont Sandstone brought from
Sydney in 1890.
Unfortunately access to the banking museum is via steps down from Collins St.
However, by heading to 100 Queen St, there is access to the ANZ branch through
big, green, iron gates which open to a paved laneway (grade 5.8%) and then heavy
glass doors to an area next to the branch. The building has been magnificently
refurbished and you can see where the rich ornate description came from.
Philatelic Museum and Post Master Gallery
321 La Trobe St, the Australian Postal Corporation National Head Quarters, main
entry off La Trobe St via slight grade, automatic doors and brightly lit foyer. The high
counter is visible from the entry and a (small) accessible unisex toilet is located
past the lifts.
MUSEUMS & GALLERIES
The Philatelic Museum and Post Master Gallery (9204 5021, open Tue Fri 10am
5pm, Sat Mon 12 5pm, free) can be entered direct from La Trobe St via a short
ramp or through the main foyer adjacent to the Australia Post Shop and small cafe.
The gallery is located up a long two stage carpeted ramp (8.5% & 8.9%) and
through heavy glass doors, a security guard will assist if necessary. A hands on
section is great for children to make their own stamps , the gallery has an array of
stamps reflecting Australia's history, protected under glass but very accessible,
extending back to a stamp dated 1853 from Tasmania.
The Museum of Chinese Australian History
22 Cohen Place, The Museum of Chinese Australian History, (9662 2888, open Sun
Fri 10am 4.30pm, Sat 12 4.30pm, Adult $6, Child and concession $4).
Graded entry 7.4% to wide doors into ground level with small gift shop. The
museum consists of five levels reached by lift (accessible call buttons) and an
accessible unisex toilet is on first floor off a corridor adjacent to the lift. Next to the
lift is a small theatrette.
The museum is a fascinating display of Chinese occupation of Victoria which
predates the Gold Rush. It houses Dai Loong, the biggest dragon in the world down