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Melbourne Town Hall

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Address: Corner Swanston Street and Collins Street, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
Phone Number:
+61 3 9658 9658
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

Completed in 1870, the Melbourne Town Hall is at the heart of the city's...

Completed in 1870, the Melbourne Town Hall is at the heart of the city's cultural and civic activity, hosting theatre, weddings, receptions and exhibitions. So many of the decisions that have helped shape Melbourne were made within the heritage-listed Town Hall. A mix of bluestone and Tasmanian freestone, the classically designed building features a clock tower and fine masonry. To go behind the scenes and visit the grand Council Chambers and stand where the Beatles and Abba waved from the impressive portico, take a Town Hall tour. As well as the Council Chambers, the Town Hall features a large auditorium, which was remodelled following a fire in 1925 and includes panels decorated with sepia figures. The auditorium's Grand Organ has featured in cutting-edge performances by a range of artists including Philip Glass, Paul Grabowski and the Necks. A free lunchtime concert series has been running since 2003, and the Grand Organ Museum offers visitors the opportunity to learn more about the organ and breathe air into its venerable pipes. Join a free Melbourne Town Hall Tour from Monday to Friday with tours departing at 11am and 1pm. Bookings essential.

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Melbourne Town Hall is the central municipal building locatedon the northeast corner of Swanston and Collins Streets, in the central business district. It is the seat of the local... read more

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Melbourne Town Hall is the central municipal building locatedon the northeast corner of Swanston and Collins Streets, in the central business district. It is the seat of the local government area of the City of Melbourne. It has been used for multiple purposes such as theatrical plays, exhibitions as well as school concerts. Melbourne was officially incorporated as a town... More 

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

To attend the Melbourne Town Hall Tour you must book ahead of time, they do have a stand by list if you want to take a chance, number are limited to 10 people. You must turn up on time or they will give your spot away to someone on standby, I saw this occur on the day I was there.... More 

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Reviewed 16 March 2017

We have attended a wedding for 265 people in this magical place . The setting and the ambiance was great . Highly recommended for large party's.

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Reviewed 30 January 2017 via mobile

You need to reserve a spot on the tours in advance - see their website for details. They have tours at 11 and 1 during the week. We thoroughly enjoyed our tour. We learned the history of Melbourne and the town hall. Plus the highlight was learning about the gigantic organ. We were able to go behind the organ and... More 

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Reviewed 17 January 2017 via mobile

Went here to see the moving light show projected onto the front of the building. It was stunning but the street was packed with people trying to get a good view. There were many security staff trying to control the area but it was still a nightmare. My wife was in a wheelchair due to knee injury and although the... More 

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Reviewed 13 January 2017

The building is located next to Westin hotel and located in the heart of Melbourne CBD. One will surely have walked pass it along Swanston Street. Love the clock strikings at the clock tower.

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Reviewed 9 January 2017

If you are in Melbourne at Christmas definitely go and visit the light show in the evening! If you not in Melbourne at Christmas it is still worth a little look at as the building is still nice!

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Reviewed 28 December 2016

The memorable image of the Melbourne Town Hall is the Christmas light show happening every night. It was a colourful display of traditional Christmas images which will bring out the "ooos" and the "ahhhs"!

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Reviewed 18 December 2016

The main municipal building for Melbourne, the Hall is located on the northeast corner of Swanston and Collins Streets, in the central business district. It is the seat of the local government and used for many purposes, such as exhibitions as well as music events. Se picture: Hall decorated for Christmas 2016.

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Reviewed 13 December 2016

Excellent free and fun. Well thought out and humourous. The show lasts just over 6 mins and runs from 9-10.20pm dont miss it

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