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Melbourne Town Hall

Corner Swanston Street and Collins Street, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
+61 3 9658 9658
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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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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
Corner Swanston Street and Collins Street, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
Central Business District
+61 3 9658 9658
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Melbourne Town Hall was built in the mid to late 1800s and opened in 1870. It was built on the site of an earlier one which it replaced. The building suffered some damage in later years through fire but it was renovated. Its history includes...More

Thank Dimitris L
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

In the heart of Melbourne city, this is where the settlement grew from. This is grand building commanding centre stage in Bourke Street mall. With its magnificent facade it is worth including on your walking discovery of inner city Melbourne. Thanks for the vote if...More

Thank nilintentum_reliquit
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Fabulous Old Building... the entrance is interesting... huge pillars either side going very high... TYPICAL OLD TOWN HALL ... now used often for concerts also..

Thank Ornella M
Reviewed 18 December 2017

Lots of Melbourne landmarks made of gingerbread and it smells amazing! So much detail involved and you can buy some snacks at the end. Only a small exhibition so you may queue for a while to spend 10 minutes in the exhibit. Its open late...More

Thank Dionne L
Reviewed 8 December 2017 via mobile

The talented team at Epicure have created Melbourne in gingerbread. Landmarks such as the Arts Centre and Flinders Street station are featured. It is raising money for Royal Childrens Hospital and runs to Xmas eve.

Thank Tweety F
Reviewed 24 October 2017

We had some spare time on a trip back to our home town and as I am an ex-Argus journalist and was told about an exhibition about Melbourne's historic newspapers, naturally we decided to have a look. It was pathetic. We saw all there was...More

Thank Dennis R
Reviewed 3 October 2017 via mobile

It’s a key building in the city but wouldn’t say it’s a highlight or must see if you are visitor to this city

Thank Dara-Khmer
Reviewed 23 September 2017

The Town Hall is an imposing building, occupying a prime site at the corner of Collins Street and Swanston Street. It was opened in 1870 and for many years it was the premier public building in Melbourne. The Town Hall still houses the administration of...More

Thank Jeffry B
Reviewed 14 September 2017

I was here for a business networking event. The set-up in the main hall was impressive, with room for lots of dining tables and a stage for the speakers.

Thank Helen A
Reviewed 30 August 2017

A huge historical Victorian period building on the corner of Swanston and Collins Street. You can't miss it. The unfortunate thing is that it is not that easy to book a tour as they are not at regular daily times. Unfortunately I missed out on...More

Thank Nunngo
Central Business District
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tease the imagination long after you’ve put your weary
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throbbing with conversation and espresso coffee. You
never quite know what you’ll find around the next
corner: cobblestone alleys, old beer barrel hoists and
even vats of simmering organic soup. There is the air
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Colleen L
30 December 2014|
Response from carol-gregGoldCoast | Reviewed this property |
Sorry to advise but the display finished on Christmas Day