Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre
Architect: Woods Bagot, NH Architecture 2009
City of Melbourne | C59
Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC) hosts over 1,000 events and more than one million visitors every year. The Exhibition Centre, fondly known as “Jeff’s Shed” consists of 40,000 square metres of pillarless exhibition space. This year the Convention Centre celebrates 10 years since opening. Featuring a 5,000 seat Plenary theatre, the building has a wonderful connection to Melbourne with its architectural design reflecting iconic Melbourne landmarks and events including: the MCG, Spring Racing Carnival, and throwbacks to South Wharf’s maritime history. The newly opened expansion showcases a modern day approach to design, boasting flexible event spaces and vibrant public spaces. The gold colour of the expansion’s exterior culminated in Victoria’s goldfields becoming the theme from which names would be drawn. From the Goldfields Theatre, Sovereign Room, Eureka Rooms and Goldfields Café and Bar, the names link to the goldfields of Victoria’s past having been a place for people to gather along with a period of new opportunities, ideas, prosperity and grandeur. As part of Open House Melbourne, MCEC will be opening its doors to the public with pre-scheduled tours through its front and back of house spaces.
Take a sneak peek behind the scenes to see how this world class venue brings events to life.
Need to Know
Open: Saturday 27 & Sunday 28 July 11am–2pm
Tour Type: Bookings Required, $5
Tour Details: Tours at 11am and 1pm running 60 minutes in groups of 15
Access: Fully accessible, 12 years and above
Notes: Covered shoes, refreshments available, toilets available
Building Type: Commercial
Architecture Era: Late Twentieth Century (1961-2000)
Transport: Tram stop: Clarendon Street Junction on routes 12, 96 and 109
Photo Credit: Shannyn Higgins
1 Convention Centre Place, South Wharf VIC 3006, South Wharf VIC