Shrine of Remembrance, Melbourne

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Built in 1934, the Shrine is the Victorian state memorial to Australians who have served in war and peacekeeping operations throughout our nation’s history. Experience a multi-layered journey rich in meaning and symbology. Enter the building’s classical interior and discover the reverent solitude of the Sanctuary. View breathtaking vistas of Melbourne from the Balcony. Immerse yourself in the real-life stories of Australians in global conflicts, with over 800 artworks, historical artefacts and personal effects featured in the Galleries of Remembrance. Free guided tours depart daily at 11am and 2pm from the Visitor Centre. Add Shrine of Remembrance and other attractions to your Melbourne trip itinerary using our Melbourne holiday planner.
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  • August 15, 2017
    I found my visit intriguing. Not being an Australian I thought I would be visiting an elaborate monument in tribute to Australians who gave their lives in wars. Instead it's a memorial to all Victoria...  more »
  • August 15, 2017
    Quite an amazing building, given when it was built. You could easily spend half a day here, just looking around.  more »
  • August 14, 2017
    If you are a history enthusiast, plan to spend at least a couple hours. If you are interested in an overview of Australia's role in the World Wars an hour or so should be enough. It is a moving tribut...  more »
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  • Plenty to see and do. The public can access into the shrine. The best part is at the rooftop where we get a glimpse of Melbourne. There is another access to the museum from left side of the shrine. Lots of historical events and stories were told using high tech projectors and screens. Special event to pay tribute and respect on ANZAC day every 25th of April
  • Don't be misled by the name of the building. The Shrine of Remembrance is not a building with memorials and tombstones. It's more like a museum, exhibition center, lookout point, gallery and concert hall. Its one of my favorite places to visit when I'm in Melbourne. You can walk to the top of the Shrine for fantastic panoramic views of Melbourne city, the botanic gardens and St Kilda road. There are permanent and temporary exhibitions to visit. You can join the daily guided tour that sheds light on the Shrine, its contents and the 2 World Wars. Best of all, many of the activities are free for visitors. You certainly want to be there if you're in Melbourne on ANZAC Day. It's a hive of activity during the annual ANZAC Day celebration. Don't forget to browse the shop. There's always something unusual or interesting that's unavailable at other attractions and tourist shops.
  • Enjoyed the visit. Too much too see in one go. Highly recommended
  • This place is extremely amazing and you get to see a lot. The architecture inside is also fabulous and you should definitely check it out
  • Great place and nice surroundings garden. You may see a great view of Melbourne's CBD from here.

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