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Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre

Architect: Woods Bagot, NH Architecture 2009

City of Melbourne | C59

Second Release Bookings Open 19 July 8.30am

Building Description

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.

What's On

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

Location

1 Convention Centre Place, South Wharf VIC 3006, South Wharf VIC

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