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Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research

Architect: Denton Corker Marshall, Perkins Architects

City of Melbourne | C39

The Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research is the birthplace of scientific discoveries that have benefited humanity for more than 100 years. Over 800 scientists work to prevent and treat cancer, immune disorders, and infectious diseases. The Parkville campus was redeveloped in 2012, doubling its size and expanding its research capacity. The revamped building was designed to encourage an open and collaborative culture, as well as enabling world-leading scientific discoveries. The building consists of seven floors of laboratory and office space including: Clinical Translation Centre; advanced microscopic imaging facility; drug discovery laboratories; and a 20-metre galleria animation wall created by Emmy Award-winning and BAFTA-winning biomedical animator Dr Drew Berry. In June 2018, the Professor Lynn Corcoran Early Learning Centre was opened on the Institute’s forecourt. The five-storey centre – the first such facility at an independent Australian medical research institute – provides an innovative model for multi-storey early learning facilities. Each level of the centre, including the outdoor landscape design, has been purpose-built to cater to the needs of the different age groups. The centre’s interior design has been created to foster an understanding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture, history and language. These can be seen in the murals, paintings and imagery created by Koorie artist Robert Young.

Need to Know

  • Open: Thursday 1 January 10am - 4pm

  • What's Open: State-of-the-art research laboratories; Galleria featuring a 30-metre animation wall and historical timeline; and the top floor of the building housing a variety of interactive science activities, and offering spectacular views over Parkville.

  • Special Note: Children under 12 can access the science activities and Early Learning Centre building. Minimum age for guided tours is 12 years. Closed toe shoes must be worn on tours.

  • Tour Type: C39

  • Tour Details: Tours at every 15 minutes from 10:15am, running for 30minutes, in groups of 20

  • Access: Pram accessible, Fully accessible, Wheelchair accessible

  • Building Type: Education

  • Facilities: Toilets

  • Special Programming: Interactive science activities for all ages.

  • Year Built: 1985, 2012, 2018

  • Transport: Tram stop: University of Melbourne/Royal Parade on route 19


1G Royal Parade, Parkville 3052, VIC


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