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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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“comedy festival” (17 reviews)
“main hall” (8 reviews)
“old building” (12 reviews)
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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Corner Swanston Street and Collins Street, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
Central Business District
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+61 3 9658 9658
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"comedy festival"
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"main hall"
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"old building"
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"swanston street"
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Reviewed 5 days ago

I attended several events (corporate & university) at the Town Hall. Honestly, I did not spare a thought of seeing anything.

Thank intjpk
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I have been here for public meetings and for concerts. There is a large organ in the main hall. For practical reasons it is worth a visit to buy the old postcards and visit the public toilets. The building is accessible, but it is not...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

It was great tour! Free tours of Melbourne's historic Town Hall give me the chance to learn about the architectural, social and political significance of this impressive 19th-century building. You need to book online in advance.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Interested in the early history of Melbourne? Visiting the town hall is one way of learning about its early days. One special highlight was to go out on to the balcony where The Beatles waved to the crowds below in Swanston Street on their 1964...More

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Reviewed 10 July 2018

It is right out of Town Hall station. I was lost there. My host had warned me. Something like people who always live in North Hemisphere are most like to be lost in Southern Hemisphere.

Thank Atul B
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Reviewed 20 June 2018

Beautiful historic building, great architecture, liked the pillars and the tower. Worth a stop when you hop on and off the circle tram.

Thank DDR1234
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Reviewed 11 June 2018

Beautiful old building- comes alive in April for the Comedy Festival. They have free guided tours too. Worth a look if exploring Melbourne. Right in the heart of the CBD it's another stunning old building that are scattered around Melbourne's streets.

Thank Kerryn72
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Reviewed 3 June 2018

Joined the guided tour of the town hall, very interesting to learn about the history of the building - definitely worth a visit

Thank Pam R
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Reviewed 20 May 2018

This town hall is the official ceremonial venue of choice for most people looking to hire. Great for school performances and graduations.

Thank sepantasadafi
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Reviewed 17 May 2018

There are almost too many fine stone buildings in Melbourne to appreciate well. It almost becomes a commonplace instead of an exception. Each has its own character as well as many similarities in design with the others. I like the massive solidity of them, and...More

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