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Koorie Heritage Trust

Architect: Lyons Architecture with Indigenous Architecture and Design Victoria 2015

City of Melbourne | C50

Building Description

The Koorie Heritage Trust is a community owned and run Indigenous gallery and cultural centre celebrating the continuing journey of the Aboriginal Peoples of South Eastern Australia. It presents a range of programs including changing exhibitions, events, walking tours, family history services, cultural awareness training and education workshops, houses a collection of historic and contemporary artworks, objects, photographic archives, and oral histories relating to Victorian Aboriginal cultures and communities. The organisation relocated to Federation Square in July 2015, marking a significant move from the literal and figurative fringes of Melbourne to the ‘cultural centre’ of the city. This relocation project was designed in collaboration by Lyons and Indigenous Architecture and Design Victoria to reflect Koorie design and culture throughout the building; it includes a gallery, retail shop, library and a permanent collection displayed throughout the public spaces.

What's On

Visit InsideOUT: a binary-blurring experience constructed by Ngarigo artist Peter Waples-Crowe. A solo exhibition that demolishes barriers by constructing new spaces to interrogate the meeting points of where Aboriginal and queer cultures intersect.

Join Jefa Greenaway; director of Greenaway Architects and founding chair of Indigenous Architecture + Design Victoria, for a special guided tour of the Trust on Saturday 27th July 11:00am – 12:00pm.

Need to Know

  • Open: Saturday 27 & Sunday 28 July 10am–4pm

  • Tour Type: Open Entry, Guided + Open Entry, Self-guided

  • Tour Details: Saturday guided tour at 11am

  • Access: Fully accessible, all ages

  • Building Type: Cultural

  • Architecture Era: Contemporary (2001- current)

  • Transport: Tram stop 13: Federation Square on routes 1, 3/3a, 5, 6, 8, 16, 64, 67 and 72

  • Website:

  • Photo Credit: Peter Bennett


Levels 1 & 3, Yarra Building, Federation Square, Melbourne 3000, Melbourne VIC


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