Visitor information

Opening hours

The Melbourne Tram Museum @ Hawthorn Depot is open to visitors on the second and fourth Saturday of every month (except for December, when it is only open on the second Saturday).

Our opening hours are 11am to 5pm.

Admission is by gold coin donation.

The museum is home to 21 fully-restored trams including:

  • a ‘toast-rack’ bodied V-class from 1906 – one of the first electrified trams in Melbourne
  • several versions of the iconic Melbourne W-class trams
  • the experimental X-class tram designed for lightly patronised routes
  • the prototype of the Z-class which marked the steady modernisation of the fleet when it was introduced in 1975.

Encounter a part of the history of Melbourne at a unique heritage location.

Group visits may be arranged outside normal opening hours. Contact info@hawthorntramdepot.org.au for details.

How to get there

The Melbourne Tram Museum @ Hawthorn Depot is located at 8 Wallen Road Hawthorn, Victoria. Use the embedded Google Map at the bottom of this page to obtain detailed directions; the museum location is highlighted with an ‘A’. The Melway reference for the museum location is Map 45, B12.

Please note that car parking spaces at the depot are very limited, so you may need to park some distance away and walk, if using your own vehicle.

Public transport access to the museum is excellent: the closest tram stop is stop 29 – Riversdale Junction, at the intersection of Riversdale Road, Power Street and Wallen Road – on tram routes 70 (Docklands – Wattle Park) and 75 (City – Vermont South). A short walk from the tram stop down Wallen Road will bring you to the museum entrance. For timetable details, or public transport directions, visit the Public Transport Victoria website.


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Accessibility

The Melbourne Tram Museum at Hawthorn Depot welcomes visitors with special needs. The following information is provided to assist the planning of your visit.

While the depot and our collection reflect an era prior to the introduction of the Disability Discrimination Act, parts of the depot are still accessible to wheelchairs and those with limited mobility. The training room, main room, depot gift shop/reception, and a defined pathway following the outer perimeter of the depot shed can all be accessed by wheelchairs and mobility aids.

Due to its former status as an operating depot and the heritage nature of our collection, it may not be possible to access all the walkways between tramcar roads, view all of the trams in the collection, or access individual tramcars without assistance.

Companion Card

Visitors with a companion card are entitled to free entry when accompanying their carer on presentation of their card at the ticket desk.

Transport

Disabled parking spaces are available in both the depot fan and council carpark adjacent to the depot, with public footpath access to the museum entrance. However, due to the terrain there may be steep inclines.

Tram routes 70 and 75 pass the depot via Stop 29 (Riversdale Junction). While the stop is wheelchair accessible, low-floor trams do not typically serve these routes. Hawthorn station is a ten minute walk on public footpaths.

Facilities

An accessible toilet is available at the Depot and can be reached via a step-free pathway from the main entrance.

Audio Description

Guided tours are usually available on open days. This service is offered subject to availability of tour guides.

Articles on the Friends of Hawthorn Tram Depot’s website are progressively being made available in streaming audio formats.

Access for people who are visually impaired

Service and assistance animals are welcome in the museum.

Information

If you are planning to bring in a group that has particular access requirements, we recommend that the group leader visits the depot prior to the tour to establish suitability and if any special arrangements are needed.

If you would like further information about accessibility at the Melbourne Tram Museum, please contact us at info@hawthorntramdepot.org.au.