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Shrine of Remembrance

Architect: Philip B Hudson and James H Wardrop, Ernest Milston, Ashton Raggatt McDougall

City of Melbourne | C32

Victorians have been coming to the Shrine of Remembrance since 1934 to honour the service and sacrifice of Australian men and women in war and peacekeeping. The ancient Mausoleum at Halicarnassus, built circa 353BC and considered one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, was the main influence for the design. While many locals know where the Shrine is and what it looks like, some are less certain of the history behind this National memorial and iconic Melbourne landmark and the treasures of our history that are found inside. In encouraging everyone to come along for perhaps a long-overdue visit, the Shrine is family-focused during Open House Melbourne this year. Uncover some of the history and meaning of the Shrine together as a family. There is lots to experience: visit the Eternal Flame, symbolising eternal life for those who have served; explore the Galleries, set in a cathedral-like underground chamber beneath the Shrine, with permanent and special exhibition spaces integrated between the memorial's original red brick foundation columns. Walk the beautiful expanse of the Gardens, discover unique memorials, plants and trees. There are stunning views from the balcony of the Shrine including a unique view of the 85-metre face of indigenous elder William Barak and the Swanston Street axis.

Need to Know

  • Open: Sat & Sun 10am-4:30pm

  • Heritage Listed: Yes

    Photography Restricted: Yes

  • What's Open: The Shrien will be open as usual to the public during Open House Melbourne.

  • Special Programming: Shrine Kids is a free, anytime activity for families with children. For Open House Melbourne, the Shrine will offer further engagement with stations to assist children understanding the purpose of the Shrine and the history behind the building itself. Children will be guided to decode the morse code in the Education Centre Courtyard, get a new perspective of this unique building using prisms and periscopes on the steps of the Shrine and capture views of the building on a Shrine postcard of their own creation that they can take away as a memento of the day.

  • Building Type: Cultural

  • Facilities: Toilets

  • Access: Pram accessible, Limited mobility

  • Year Built: 1934

  • Website:

  • Transport: Tram stop 19: Shrine of Remembrance on routes 3/3a, 5, 6, 16, 64, 67, 72.

  • Tour Type: Self-guided


Birdwood Ave, Melbourne 3004, VIC


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