The Museum was formed in 1971 to preserve the operation style of the SEC operated Ballarat tramway system and the tramcars that were in use at the time. It has acquired an extensive collection since 1975. The major interpretation is done through the operation of its tramway equipment on a piece of original track in Wendouree Parade. It is volunteer operated and managed.
The collection focus is the history of Ballarat's passenger tramways, its people, equipment, development and operation in relation to the history of Ballarat and the State Electricity Commission of Victoria. The date range is 1887 to present. The collection consists of tramcars, tramway equipment and infrastructure, photographs, documentation and materials associated with the operation of the tramway, its personnel and in particular those who operated the system - the trammies.
Themes: Connecting Victorians by transport and communications, Building towns, cities and the garden state, Building community life