Melbourne Town Hall, Melbourne

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Completed in 1870, Melbourne Town Hall is at the heart of the city's cultural and civic activity, hosting theater performances, weddings, receptions, and art exhibitions. The heritage-listed building has played a key role in many historic decisions that have shaped Melbourne over the last 140 years. It still serves as the city’s central municipal building and the seat of the city government. Designed by well-known local architect Joseph Reed, the landmark features a clock tower and the iconic Council Chambers. A free concert series offers visitors the opportunity to learn all about the site’s renowned Grand Organ, comprising 147 ranks and 9,568 pipes. Using our international travel planner, Melbourne attractions like Melbourne Town Hall can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • Phone to book a tour, approx. 1 hour. You don't walk very far but you hear and see so much of Melbournes city history. We found the guides knowledge excellent, also the decor, architecture and items o...  more »
  • Pretty good atmosphere very cool service, very suitable for a wedding is very much impressed every time the Melbourne Town Hall.
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  • Melbourne Town Hall was built in the mid to late 1800s and opened in 1870. It was built on the site of an earlier one which it replaced. The building suffered some damage in later years through fire b...  more »
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  • A great venue for events. I first went here as part of Open House Melbourne and thoroughly enjoyed walked throughout the side rooms. An even better experience was the mini festival as part of MMW 2017. This should happen more often! We felt so fortunate to be there.
  • Built way back in 1870, the heritage-listed Melbourne Town Hall is a beautiful classically designed historical building in the heart of Melbourne. More than just being used as Council Chambers, it is often used as a venue for cultural and civic activities, including theatre, school and headliner concerts (the Beatles performed here), corporate funtions, cocktail parties, weddings, receptions and a host of exhibitions. For example, the Melbourne International Comedy Festival is held here. The annual German Market, known as the German Christkindlmarkt and hosted by the Australian German Welfare Society, is also held in the Melbourne Town Hall where you can shop for Christmas gifts and German food at a variety of stalls. As you can see from the photos I've included here, you can't miss this iconic building at this time of year as it's decorated to look like a huge Christmas present. The Melbourne Town Hall, as does the City of Melbourne itself, really comes to life at Christmas.
  • Grand old town Hall that could do with a modern renovation. Some excellent events are held here, but the building has functional limitations.
  • The security guys at the front do a good service, thanks to the tattoo guy who let me out to check the car on SUN
  • I love the historical significance of this building. Hopefully it'll remain so for a long time.

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