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Shrine of Remembrance

St. Kilda Road, Melbourne, Victoria 3001, Australia
+61 3 9661 8100
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Visit the Shrine of Remembrance, Melbourne's most iconic landmark, where Victorians have been coming since 1934 to honour the service and sacrifice of Australian men and women in war and peacekeeping. Enter the Shrine and experience the quiet solitude of the Sanctuary where hundreds of thousands pay their respects each year. All visitors are invited to participate in a Remembrance Ceremony featuring the Ray of Light re-enactment. Surrounded by the Shrine Reserve, the Shrine is elevated, overlooking the city of Melbourne within 13 hectares of beautiful parkland. Enjoy stunning views of the Reserve and many of Melbourne's landmarks from the balcony of the Shrine. Explore the monuments and memorials throughout the Reserve, including the Gallipoli Memorial, as well as the many remembrance trees dedicated to Victorian service units from the Boer War onwards. The Eternal Flame on the Second World War Forecourt symbolises eternal life for those who have served. The Ray of Light ceremony is central to the experience of the Shrine of Remembrance. A ray of natural sunlight passes through an aperture in the ceiling of the Sanctuary and falls onto the Stone of Remembrance over the word "love" at precisely 11.00 am on 11 November each year. This is the moment when the armistice was signed in 1918 marking the end of hostilities in the First World War. The ceremony is now reproduced every half hour using electric light to allow all visitors to the Shrine to experience it. The Shrine also has an extensive permanent and temporary exhibition space. The Galleries of Remembrance is a $45 million Victorian Government redevelopment that utilises 1,600 square metres of undercroft space beneath the Shrine. Over 850 objects illustrate the experiences of Australians at war and in peacekeeping operations, from Pre-Federation to the present day, with a particular focus on individual and unit stories of Victorian service and sacrifice. A highlight of the exhibition is the SS Devanha lifeboat, a Gallipoli landing boat on loan from the collection of the Australian War Memorial. The Devanha carried soldiers of the 12th Battalion and the 3rd Field Ambulance into Anzac Cove on the morning of 25 April 1915.
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St. Kilda Road, Melbourne, Victoria 3001, Australia
+61 3 9661 8100
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Reviewed yesterday

This can be reached by 15-20 minutes walk from the Flinders street station or by trams from there . Very well maintained and conceptualised . It is great to see a society paying tributes to those who gave their lives so we could live with...More

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Reviewed yesterday

Decided to visit this museum as it has received so many excellent reviews and it was excellent. Being a Brit, I didn't know much about why Australia got involved in WW2 and it was fascinating to talk to veterans and hear their views. There is...More

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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Took a school group tour. The volunteers that run the tours are some of the most patriotic people you'll ever meet. Wonderful tour, very moving and confronting and very informative.

Thank Mark P
Reviewed yesterday

The Australian people are very actively aware of their veterans of all wars, conflicts and peacekeeping missions throughout the country's history. I'm very impressed by this. I've seen several memorials and museums that bring out the price of service and the pride of those remaining....More

Thank ruthandvern
Reviewed 3 days ago

Beautiful building and well maintained gardens, we enjoyed looking around the whole area and love to go back again.

Thank Luisa F
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

The galleries offered a greater insight of the service of those who went to war. Both educational and inspirational, you don’t want to rush through your visit here. Really appreciate how the staff ensured that proper decorum and respect was given at the shrine. A...More

Thank lightforpaint
Reviewed 3 days ago

Great place - gives yo a real insight and does make you think about the past and those who sacrificed their lives.

Thank Pablomj
Reviewed 4 days ago

Easily accessible from the city and a nice walk to get here. Lots of steps though so not sure how accessible it is for those with disabilities. Make sure to visit the viewing terrace and look back to view the city skyline and the face...More

Thank barbarapratt13
Reviewed 4 days ago

Want good views of Melbourne? Then visit the Shrine of Remembrance and climb the steps to get good views.

Thank Craig255119
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

We didn’t know what to expect, but we’re really lucky to have went there. You can stand ours reading all the info texts and looking at the exhibited objects. Great portrait of the wars, also interesting for e.g. Europeans who want to see WW2 from...More

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Mohit T
20 February 2017|
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Response from Rob H | Reviewed this property |
Free to look around.
13 December 2016|
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Response from muraritodi | Reviewed this property |
They are normally open on all days except Christmas day.
10 July 2015|
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Response from greecefan57 | Reviewed this property |
Sorry although been to Israel, it was only on a day visit to Jerusalem and Bethlehem so don't know that area. However good luck with your walk.